The American Red Cross is helping to meet urgent humanitarian needs after the CDC confirmed the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States on Sept. 30 as the global Red Cross network continues to scale up efforts to combat the worst outbreak of Ebola in recorded history in West Africa.
Posted August 05, 2014
In a land where voodoo, witchcraft and curses are the norm, Fallah James is a sought-after man. As a traditional healer in Sierra Leone's eastern Kailahun district, people turn to him for treatment before they even consider crossing the threshold of a hospital or health care clinic. "I cure people who are said to have been cursed. Headaches, or if you have a broken leg, I can cure that," explains James. "And in Africa, here we say this person has witchcraft behind him. I can drive that out."
Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, volunteers on the ground and around the world have been working to create accurate mapping that is vital to efforts to provide education about disease prevention and care for affected communities.
These mapping efforts, done by volunteers from around the world, are a new and effective tool in the battle to save lives.
So how do volunteers in different parts of the world create accurate maps of communities in Africa?
Written by Lesly Hallman , Staff Writer, RedCross.org