Ebola and the Clean Water Crisis
As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread across West Africa, experts do not know how long it will be before they’ll be able to contain the deadly virus, nor how many more lives it will take. But they do know that clean water remains a crucial factor in slowing the outbreak and bringing about an effective medical response.
As of the end of September, 6,600 cases of Ebola were reported in West Africa, and the disease has a nearly 70 percent fatality rate. Plus, Centers for Disease Control considers the actual number of cases to be as many as three times that much, due to underreporting. Without additional interventions, they estimate that as many as 1.4 million people will fall victim to the virus by the end of the year. Clean water and hygiene training are essential to containing this outbreak.
President Ernest B. Koroma—the leader of Sierra Leone, where the disease has killed more than 600 people—launched an appeal last week directed at non-governmental organizations, ...1