Since the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, over 3,800 people have died, and more than 8,000 cases have been reported according to the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control warns that if the virus is not contained, there could be as many as 1.4 million people infected with Ebola by January 2015.
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.
"When I started my career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the mid-1980s, AIDS was a newly discovered virus and people counseled me to stay away. They said it was just a medical curiosity that would be quickly solved and never have major public health importance. I didn't listen to them and made AIDS the focus of my work."
Access to education about contraceptive methods and tools empowers women and men to plan their families, educate their children, and provide for their families.
In the village of Haji Pur of Rajanpur, Punjab, Pakistan, there is no hospital or medical facility. In order to receive medical treatment, village residents must travel many miles to the nearest city -- an expensive trip most cannot afford.
CARE is a signatory to Girl Declaration and helped with its development.
Solar lamps are a simple, fundamental intervention that can improve the lives of the rural poor in Rwanda.
Having no electricity, families traditionally rely on kerosene or battery power to light their homes at night.
These energy sources are not only expensive – even unaffordable to families living on less than $2.50 a day – but also present environmental, health and safety concerns.
An intercultural approach to fighting poverty is complex. When dealing with indigenous people, it often goes beyond language to include a respect for local customs and traditions.
In western cultures, white is associated with cleanliness, but in rural Ayachucho, Peru, white is the color of death.
With a maternal mortality rate of 240 per 100,000 mothers, CARE was desperate to find ways to encourage indigenous mothers to seek care at local health clinics.
So we stripped white sheets off of the beds in the clinics and replaced them with pink ones.