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13 Apr 2015 description
report Irish Red Cross

Complacency could cost lives despite successful efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) are warning.

Despite substantial success in combatting the spread of the virus, difficulties surrounding safe burials, local customs, public understanding, cross-border movement and geography mean the virus's spread could increase.

12 Jan 2015 description
report Irish Red Cross

“My nickname is Happy Shower,” smiles Justina Boyle, the Red Cross psychosocial assistance volunteer at the Kenema Ebola treatment centre in eastern Sierra Leone. Through Justina’s encouragement and counselling skills, more patients are experiencing the so-called ‘happy shower’ which is what survivors experience before crossing the threshold of the restricted high-risk area back to the normal world. The happy shower is an affirmation that they have survived this vicious virus and are washing away the disease.

06 Oct 2014 description
report Irish Red Cross

6 October 2014

Image for emergency ebola appeal launched

The Irish Red Cross today launched an emergency appeal in aid of the families and communities affected by the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. Since the first cases of the Ebola virus were identified in spring this year, there have been more than 2,300 deaths and more than 5,000 confirmed cases.