Caritas aid workers fanned out through countries like Guinea and Sierra Leone, going to remote villages, slums and towns to teach people about good hygiene and hand washing as a way to halt Ebola.
Ebola, a deadly disease, is spreading rapidly in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and other countries in West Africa. Caritas aid workers have reached thousands of families with vital soap, chlorine, and training materials about how to prevent the disease.
“Lots of people have come into contact with corpses or with sick people,” says Edward John-Bull, director of Caritas Sierra Leone. “Within a week, you can transmit the virus to so many people.”
In addition to training people through parishes, Caritas staff speak on the radio and go door-to-door to show people how to protect themselves.
It’s an emergency. We need help now,” says Father Peter Konteh, a priest who rescued orphans from an Ebola-affected area in Sierra Leone. “Now is the time, not when there are thousands dead. We can save the situation now.”
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