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Samaritan’s Purse staff members Nathan Glancy and John Troke take infection protection and control kits to a village in Grand Bassa county affected by Ebola.  (Samaritan’s Purse photo)

Samaritan’s Purse staff members Nathan Glancy and John Troke take infection protection and control kits to a village in Grand Bassa county affected by Ebola. (Samaritan’s Purse photo)

Samaritans-PurseBoone, N.C. — Not waiting for the floundering Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to take the lead, Samaritan’s Purse has initiated a home care program in rural Liberia to combat the spread of Ebola in a country whose medical system has been exhausted by a epidemic that is seeing 121 people a day dying of the disease.
The organization is training caregivers to give supportive care to their infected loved ones while protecting themselves from infection. They have initiated a home care intervention program and are providing the equipment to carry it out. They shipped a 747 bound for Liberia last Wednesday filled with the protective items and medical supplies to make the program work.
They have developed a step-by-step illustrated training program and each family receives the protective gear needed for one family member along with a sprayer, medicines, hydration items and disinfectant.
Currently Samaritan’s Purse is working in the remote River Gee area and is establishing a Community Care Center to help care for the infected residents. With no treatment facilities in Grand Bassa County, these people have no choice but to care for their infected family members at home.
Ebola“With the number of cases increasing exponentially, it’s time to think beyond what has been done in the past in the fight against Ebola,” Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham explained.
Ebola survivor and a member of the Samaritan medical team Dr. Kent Brantley said “If we don’t provide education and protective equipment to caregivers then we will be condemning countless numbers of mothers, fathers, daughters and sons to death because they chose not to let their loved ones die alone.”
Samaritan’s Purse, a non-denominational evangelical Christian International Relief organization based in Boone N.C., has been in West Africa since 2003 and has been in the forefront of the Ebola outbreak since March.
C.L.

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