ATLANTA (Nov. 25, 2014) - As efforts continue to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, CARE is escalating its response to help prevent the spread of the virus across borders into Ivory Coast and Mali.
CARE in West Africa
In fiscal year 2013, we worked in 86 countries, supporting 927 humanitarian aid and development projects to reach more than 97 million people. We carried out programs in the following 11 countries throughout West Africa:
Crisis in the Sahel
The Sahel region is caught in a chronic food crisis with as many as 20 million people currently facing food insecurity.
Sharing Household Work: A Story from Mali
This is a story told to us by Ousmane Goulaka after he received training on gender and social transformation as part of CARE’s Pathways to Empowerment program in Mali. Pathways to Empowerment is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and substantially impact nutritional outcomes in sustainable ways.
Adjoua Martine Konan had heard people in this cocoa-farming region of Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) talk about the Ebola outbreak that was ravaging neighboring Liberia and Guinea. But Konan didn’t think the outbreak was real. “I thought it was just a rumor,” she said, “created by Westerners to stop us from eating bush meat.”
CARE is deeply concerned by the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa and is committed to working closely with health officials in the region to help educate the public and end this outbreak.
The current Ebola outbreak is, by far, the deadliest-ever outbreak of this rare, severe and usually fatal hemorrhagic fever. 729 people have died so far in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to Nigerian health officials, a Liberian man died of Ebola on July 25 in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa’s largest city.
Updated January 2014
CARE has conducted our emergency response operations in Chad, Mali and Niger, reaching people in these countries with immediate lifesaving assistance and long-term programs that address resilience among the most vulnerable people in the face of recurring crises by:
"The world needs to accept that many parts of Niger and the Sahel are now in a state of chronic crisis," explained Barbara Jackson, Humanitarian Director, CARE International, in 2012.