Video: Community health volunteers fight Ebola in Liberia

By Oxfam

The deadly disease has claimed thousands of lives in West Africa. But community health workers are fighting back—with information and door-to-door visits that are helping families learn how to keep themselves safe.

As they fan out into neighborhoods in Liberia and Sierra Leone, community health workers, with support from Oxfam, are educating people on how to help prevent the spread of Ebola. So far, our prevention efforts have reached 438,000 people in the two countries. In slums to the north of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, we have provided funding to train and equip 484 volunteers who are going door-to-door with public health messages. Among the volunteers are Eric Barclay, a cook, and Reednal Kun, a student.

"I made myself available in order to save my community and help my country," said Kun. "There was no awareness when the outbreak first came from June to August." But the word is getting around now, and Barclay said people are taking the lessons to heart—carefully washing their hands and making sure their children do the same. In this video, Oxfam follows Kun and Barclay as they make their rounds.

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