As a regular supporter of MSF, I got this in my email today:
As soon as we received the first reports of an Ebola outbreak in Guinea earlier this year, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) acted quickly, sending teams of medical and mental health staff to provide psychological support to affected communities and to help contain the disease.
But Ebola has since spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia in multiple, remote sites, complicating efforts to treat patients and curb the epidemic. Now, we’re asking for your support in these efforts to save lives.
As in past Ebola outbreaks, MSF is the principal aid organization treating people affected by the virus. We have 300 international and national staff working in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and have sent more than 40 tons of equipment and supplies to the region to help fight the epidemic.
We’re training ministries of health and other partners across the three countries, providing guidance on treatment, carrying out epidemiological surveillance and raising awareness – all in an effort to save lives and contain Ebola’s further spread.
This latest crisis comes on top of massive emergencies in South Sudan, Central African Republic and Syria – places where your generous monthly support is helping us respond. With Ebola spreading, we’ve scaled up, but at considerable cost.
Because of the extraordinary nature of the needs, I’m hoping you will consider making a special gift to help us contain the Ebola outbreak, to bring care to those who’ve contracted the disease and to support their families and communities as they cope with the disease’s devastating consequences.This is not a money-making site, and I never ask for financial support. But if you think H5N1 provides a useful service, you might want to pay it forward with a contribution to MSF. I donate monthly to MSF, and for Ebola I've thrown in another $50.