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Ebola Outbreak Appeal


The story of Baby Fartoma

Meet the last child to enter the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone.

Australian Red Cross has now closed the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal.

Thanks to the generosity of the Australian community, we raised $1.2 million to provide humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the spread of the Ebola virus disease.

The Ebola epidemic is in decline. Liberia has been declared Ebola free, but there are sporadic outbreaks in Sierra Leone and Guinea. Red Cross continues to work towards zero cases.

We are immensely grateful to thousands of volunteers, donors, aid workers and families around the world. Because of you, a disease that threatened to engulf West Africa is now being contained.

If you have raised funds for the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal that have not yet been banked, please call us on 1800 811 700.

Ebola and the Red Cross response

Originating with a single case in Guinea, the West Africa Ebola epidemic became the largest in history. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea were hit hardest: More than 26,000 cases were recorded in these three countries alone, and 11,065 people died.

Red Cross has been fighting Ebola since the first cases appeared. We provided medical care, buried victims safely and with dignity, traced people at risk of infection, provided information to stop transmission and offered counselling to patients and grieving families.

The challenge now is to get to zero cases worldwide, and help families, communities and countries recover.

Stories from the frontlines

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Ebola fighters awarded nursing's highest honour
Four Australian nurses are among this year's Florence Nightingale Medal recipients » 

A survivor's story
Meet Fatmata, whose village was quarantined for three weeks »

Liberian women lead the Red Cross Ebola response
"If we leave, who will do the work? That is my courage. My country needs me." »

Ebola the Bully 
Watch a 60 Minutes special on Red Cross aid worker Anne Carey, fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone »

Why I joined the fight
Two Australian aid workers report on the fight to get Ebola under control »

'I give them hope'
Meet Jestina, a lifeline in people's darkest hours »

'An oven bag, like you'd cook a chicken in'
What's it's like to wear an Ebola protective suit to work »

How to touch with care 
Burying Ebola's victims and helping families to care for the sick »

Hawa helps her people 
Hawa barely survived Ebola. So what made her go right back into a treatment centre? »

Ebola - your questions answered

What is Ebola and what is the cause?

The Ebola virus disease is an infectious and severe illness that is marked by fever and severe internal bleeding. The first signs of the disease appear after an incubation period of 2-21 days. The virus spreads through direct contact with contaminated bodily fluids and can be transmitted from animals to people.

What are the symptoms of Ebola?

Symptoms of Ebola include headache, muscle pain, intense weakness, diarrhoea and vomiting. It is extremely difficult to diagnose as symptoms initially resemble those of other illnesses such as malaria.

How is Ebola transmitted?

Ebola is not spread through the air. It is transmitted person-to-person via direct contact with bodily fluids including blood, sweat, saliva and urine. It can also be spread through indirect contact with contaminated areas, such as soiled clothing or bed linens or used needles. People who have died as a result of Ebola remain highly infectious. If people take the necessary precautions and educate themselves about the disease, the risk of contracting the virus is low.

Currently there is no cure for Ebola but the survival rate increases when people get the right supportive treatment. The earlier they receive care, the higher the chance they will survive.

Why is protective clothing needed for some people?

Protective clothing is needed for any activity that requires bodily contact with a person who has the Ebola virus, including providing medical care and disposing of mortal remains. If your work does not include direct bodily contact with an infected person, for example providing community education, you do not need to wear protective clothing.

The Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal

How are funds from the appeal being used?

Money raised from the appeal is being used to support the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and other Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to:

  • provide access to medical treatment and care for those affected by Ebola virus
  • support Red Cross volunteers to manage dead bodies safely and prevent further infection
  • raise awareness in communities on the prevention and transmission of Ebola virus disease
  • provide psychosocial counselling to affected families and communities
  • send specialist aid workers to support the IFRC response
  • assist Red Cross National Societies to manage the Ebola outbreak.

Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any donation to the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal to cover appeal and administration costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency preparedness and/or program initiatives in the region.

Any funds received after the appeal closes on Monday 25 May will go towards Red Cross' ongoing disaster relief and recovery work.

 

I've raised money - when do I need to bank my funds?

As the appeal is now closed, please contact us on 1800 811 700 if you have raised any funds that have not yet been banked.

How much is Red Cross taking for administrative costs?

Australian Red Cross will not deduct more than 10% of any donation to the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal to cover appeal and administration costs. Should the funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the immediate and longer term needs of the people in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct the excess funds to other emergency preparedness and/or program initiatives in the region.

How else can I help Red Cross?

Red Cross relies on committed volunteers and donors. You can support Red Cross by making a monthly donation, leaving a gift in your will or making a one-off donation. You can also volunteer with us or give blood.

 

Learn more about our work in international emergencies »


Thank you

Australian Red Cross has now closed the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal.

Thanks to the generosity of the Australian community, we raised $1.2 million to provide humanitarian assistance to communities affected by the spread of the Ebola virus disease.

If you have raised funds for the Ebola Outbreak 2014 Appeal that have not yet been banked, please call us on 1800 811 700.