Ebola: Fighting fear and stigmatization in Liberia

Volunteers of the Liberia Red Cross Society have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the outbreak. 
Red Cross teams are working to break the chain of transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries with sustained and widespread transmission of the virus. 
The bodies of Ebola victims are highly infectious, and funeral preparations and ceremonies have been a significant source of infection. Specially trained Red Cross volunteer teams working in affected communities have safely buried more than 1,300 bodies.
Volunteer teams have traced and monitored nearly 20,000 people who have been in contact with an Ebola patient, monitoring them for three weeks to ensure any resulting cases are quickly identified, isolated and treated. Red Cross volunteer teams have also disinfected more than 16,000 homes to kill the virus and prevent infection in places where Ebola patients have lived or visited.
Red Cross teams are going door-to-door and working with elders and community and religious leaders to educate families about the importance of seeking early treatment, and teaching them about how the virus is spread. Red Cross social mobilization efforts have reached more than 1.1 million people with accurate information about the disease.

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