Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Good News and Bad News

Good News First

1. The Samaritan's Purse workers Dr. Kent Brantley and Nancy Writebol were discharged from Emory Hospital 2 weeks ago. They are doing well.

2. The Kono district as of August 31, 2014 has had 4 confirmed cases of Ebola, 53 contacts have been isolated, and 38 of those contacts have finished their 21 day isolation and have been released. 

3. Phebian is upbeat, doing well and is safe. 

4. The medical clinic building progresses and our mission continues.

5. We are half way to our fund raising goal of $90,000! Please donate to our "Ebola crisis fund" on our website These funds will be used specifically for the purchase of an ambulance and a crate filled with life saving PPE.

6. Vaccine trials are being accelerated.

7. The World Health Organization has developed a 'road map' for an international response as of last week.

The Bad News

1. Ebola continues to spread with 29 newly confirmed cases as of August 31, 2014.

2. Actual cases could be 2-4 times the number of reported numbers.

3. Experts predict that the number of Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 during the course of this outbreak.

4. More than 240 healthcare professionals on the front lines of providing Ebola care have contracted the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Of those, 120 of them have died.

5. One of the three Liberian doctors who contracted Ebola and was given the experimental drug ZMapp died last week.

6. More and more countries are closing their borders to the affected West African countries. As a result travel and supply lines are being significantly affected. Shipping lines are turning away exports from the affected countries.

7. The Ebola crisis is a multi-level crisis affecting not only the health care system but the social and economic systems as well.

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