The Current Crisis in West Africa
With the ebola crisis in West Africa continuing to worsen, charity groups such as Doctors Without Borders have been pushed towards breaking point with resources being stretched thin. Currently the virus has taken over 4,500 lives and hospital workers and healthcare workers are at serious risk when helping those currently suffering. While hysteria is starting to grow across the world, the most pressing trouble remains in Africa, where the virus is continuing to spread rapidly. The current predictions from WHO (the World Health Organisation) are that the amount of infections could be as many as 10,000 new cases a week in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone by December if efforts aren’t increased. The current mortality rate is 70%, and although sometimes we might read these as just numbers, albeit alarmingly large ones, it’s always important to remember the people affected. The families, the relationships, the friendships behind the statistics.
Many of those helping fight the disease in West Africa are volunteers, bravely putting their own lives in danger to help. Charities such as Doctors Without Borders are currently on the front line in helping patients, where the situation is most critical. Patients are lying on mattresses in the dark, ambulances are getting stuck in traffic causing life-threatening delays and doctors are only able to work for 45 minutes at a time, with their protective suits making things impossibly hot to treat patients effectively. Guinea, ground zero of ebola is currently seeing the least amount of aid and resources, and despite experiencing the lowest amount of cases of the three countries most affected, alongside Liberia and Sierra Leone, it is currently seeing a “massive spike of cases.”
The chance of the virus spreading to the rest of the world has been lowered, now that healthcare officials across the globe have finally begun to accept the potential severity of the virus, despite it being first confirmed in March. But countries across Africa still desperately need all the help they can get in this tragic crisis to contain and defeat the spreading.
So how can we offer support here in the UK? It might all seem a little overwhelming, but there are ways we can help. While world governments are donating what they can, and even Ikea has donated over five million euros, there is still much that we can do personally to help with the crisis overseas individually. A great way to help, particularly if you are currently looking for a challenging and rewarding job, is to consider charity fundraising to help raise the funds desperately needed to help those in countries such as Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. This can be done over the phone, door-to-door or on the streets. It can be a trying job at times, and you will have to be prepared for a lot of rejection and long hours, but that’s a small price to pay for the aid you are helping provide.
If you are an outgoing, friendly and energetic person who loves meeting new people and working as part of an ambitious, similar minded team, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to help with causes such as the current ebola epidemic. Although you can also raise funds for many more charitable causes both overseas and here in the UK, from helping provide care for the elderly in Britain over the coming winter months, to the current conflict in Syria. You will also gain many vital career skills. At Strike-Jobs we have over 100 jobs available in the charity and fundraising sector, any of which could be perfect for you to begin helping with these difficult causes.
Other Ways You Can Help
There are many charitable causes that need support, and direct fundraising is not the only option for helping many charities. There are a number of other ways you can help support charitable causes. One such way is working with charities to pick up furniture from locals donating their no longer needed items, which can make a huge amount of difference. It can provide furniture and electrical items for charity shops to sell, or be donated to groups that provide your old furniture to people that really need it, such as the Furniture Re-Use Network. Anyone can help charity furniture shops by joining them in their vans to collect unwanted electronics and furniture. I helped out by doing that in the past, and I’m about as strong as a glass of water. Everybody helps make a difference.
And if door-to-door or street fundraising is not for you, you can always organise a fundraising event, such as a bake-sale or a fun-run to help a good cause, such as Doctors Without Borders, and have fun while doing it, to help those in need currently suffering in Africa or any charity close to your heart.
There has been good news in the fight against ebola, however, such as Nigeria declaring themselves ebola free today after just twenty cases thanks to their rapidity at containing the problem. Even then, the danger still remains possible if any cases appear in any of the country’s densely populated slums. But it’s important to remember that we can contain it and we can beat it, but your help is still desperately needed.