Responding to the Ebola Outbreak

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), together with its non-government organization (NGO) partners, is reaching out to clinical medical personnel to help control and end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Finding experienced healthcare workers to provide clinical services in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the countries hardest hit by Ebola — remains a significant challenge in the response effort. USAID has created a website to coordinate a volunteer response.  On the site, volunteers may register their interest in going to West Africa to staff clinics and provide healthcare to patients with Ebola. Volunteer information is made available to NGO partners, who will contact volunteers directly about terms of service, clinical opportunities, Ebola safety training, and possible deployment.

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is rapidly worsening. The disease is spreading into densely populated urban areas, and public health leaders from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations are warning that the outbreak is progressing to a generalized epidemic.

The Society of Critical Care Medicine continues to monitor the outbreak and has posted a Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness. Visit www.sccm.org/disaster for resources and news related to the Ebola response.

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