The Newman UMass students and Religious Education students are making bracelets to help support the fight against Ebola.
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The proceeds from the purchase of these bracelets will be donated to Catholic Relief Services, working in the three West African countries most affected: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. When you wear this bracelet, you will show your solidarity both with the people who are suffering from this terrible disease and with those brave individuals who are on the front lines offering help. The colors of the bracelet have special meaning: red symbolizes the blood of those who have died from Ebola, as well as the courage and sacrifice of the people working in Ebola hot zones, and white, which is commonly associated with volunteerism and the medical profession, symbolizes the unity, solidarity, and goodness of all those who are working together to help those suffering from Ebola … and that includes YOU!
Ending Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
~ People Helping People ~
In March 2014, an outbreak of Ebola was confirmed in Guinea, which borders Liberia and Sierra Leone where cases of the virus were soon reported. The deadly disease continues to ravage and spread. The tragic effects of Ebola have also directly impacted families in the Newman Community with loved ones in these countries. Your continued thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
How can you help? To assist families and support relief efforts in the countries afflicted, please consider making a donation to one of these primary organizations working locally in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, or supporting the Newman fundraiser for this cause.
Catholic Relief Services
Without a vaccine, prevention is vital to end the outbreak and this requires significant public education on a local level. Catholic Relief Services staff is working around the clock going door-to-door, handing out hygiene kits and information about how the virus is spread and what precautions can be taken to prevent infection, and providing food and supplies to families that have been quarantined.
When people are not allowed to go to work due to widespread quarantine restrictions, they rapidly become hungry and even poorer, even if they are not infected with Ebola. Caritas is working with the World Food Program to give food to people in quarantine, training community mobilizers, and coordinating care for Ebola orphans.
Doctors Without Borders
Medical infrastructure and manpower is needed for Ebola detection and treatment. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders operates six Ebola case management centers in West Africa to provide beds in isolation, and has sent more than 700 international staff to the region since the outbreak. 5,200 patients have been admitted, among whom approx. 3,200 were confirmed as having Ebola. More than 1,200 patients have survived. More than 1,019 tons of supplies have been shipped to the affected countries since March.