"People need to recognise Ebola and isolate it"

Liberia is Ebola-free, and for the first time since the outbreak was declared in March 2014, no new Ebola cases were recorded in Sierra Leone and Guinea for a full week. The end of the outbreak seems a little closer. But Ebola can and may return. Read interview with our Head of Programme in Liberia
 
 

What is the current situation in Liberia?

We do expect pockets of Ebola to keep emerging, as the disease is still present in the region and it is extremely difficult to monitor population movements. Until Guinea and Sierra Leone are Ebola free, there is always a risk.

We work in the forest border areas in all three affected countries. Borders are porous and in some areas they consist of just a small river. Often, families have more links with a community across the border than they would with the capital city. They speak the same language, they have family ties, they travel for weddings or funerals, and this is how the disease spreads.

People now have more knowledge about Ebola. The reason why Ebola hit this region so badly is because the disease spread faster than knowledge and awareness about it. People were dying of an unexplained illness. They didn’t know what it was or how it was transmitted. Today, they know better what it is and how to contain it.

Read full interview on the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO)'s website