The 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa hit Liberia hard, killing over 4,800 people, devastating the lives of thousands more and wreaking havoc on the country’s economy. Grief, fear and panic were widespread. Efforts to contain the disease stalled market activities and caused many families' livelihoods to suffer.
Mercy Corps played an important role in responding to the outbreak, working with local partners to deliver health and hygiene messaging to prevent further spread of the virus.
In June 2013, the World Health Organization declared the end of Ebola transmission in Liberia, but the economic impacts of the outbreak threaten the progress the country has made in its recovery from more than a decade of civil war that ended in 2003.
Ongoing support is critical to address pre-Ebola challenges, including poverty and a dysfunctional healthcare system, and to speed economic recovery and help families overcome the lingering effects of this crisis.
- Emergency response: Mobilized community leaders to teach 2 million people how to protect themselves from Ebola with lifesaving hygiene and Ebola prevention lessons. Set up hand-washing stations and provided accurate, trusted information through mass media, posters, text messages and community meetings.
- Agriculture & food: Distributing emergency food aid to families that have been economically impacted by Ebola. Providing seeds, tools and cash so people can restart livelihoods and purchase food and supplies.
- Children & youth: Implementing mental health recovery programs to help children cope with the emotional effects of the Ebola epidemic.
- Health: Bolstering community preparedness against future Ebola outbreaks. Training community health committees to work more effectively and helping them strengthen their relationships with the local government.
Liberia: Cash assistance program provides critical resources to post-Ebola Liberia
As of April 2016, Mercy Corps and its partners have used the EREL program to help a total of 18,000 households who lost their economic livelihoods to the Ebola crisis.
Liberia: Emergency funds lift families up after Ebola
Markets and livelihoods came to a halt when the worst outbreak of Ebola in history swept through West Africa. Find out how cash is helping hard-hit families get back on their feet.
Liberia: Quick facts: What you need to know about stopping Ebola
What will it take to end the largest Ebola outbreak in history? Get the facts about the reality on the ground and what we're doing to contain the disease.
Liberia: Photos: Ebola prevention in action
The fight against Ebola isn't over. Our team, along with 15,000 community educators, is bringing lifesaving information to Liberia's most remote areas.
Liberia: Ebola response diaries: Isaac
Ebola response team member Isaac has always had a passion for working with vulnerable youth. Now, he's determined to empower young people in Liberia to protect themselves and stop the Ebola crisis.
Liberia: Behind the camera: The power of one pen
Freelance photographer Nancy Farese is documenting Mercy Corps programs in Haiti this week. Prior to leaving, she reflected on her last trip to Liberia in 2011.
Liberia: Youth find work meeting new needs
Two young men sit outside the shop that's brought them a new source of income.
Liberia: Nobel Peace Prize, elections and youth
With the award of the Nobel Peace Prize last week to three influential women including two Liberians, the world will surely take notice of the October 11th elections in Liberia.
Liberia: Delivering clean water to Ivorian refugees in Liberia
Even though the political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) ended almost a month ago, a humanitarian catastrophe remains. More than a million Ivoriens fled their homes to escape fierce fighting during the crisis, including at least 135,000 people that escaped into neighboring Liberia.
Liberia: More than 100,000 Ivorian refugees in Liberia
Mercy Corps has deployed emergency staff who have conducted assessments in affected communities and are now focusing on urgent water and sanitation needs.