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.
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Liberia: Spreading the Word
Tuzan Village, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia - On the stoop of a gray mud house near the center of this lush farming village, Jessica Quarles pulls aside adolescent boys and young women, one by one, to get their thoughts on the biggest public-health risk to their generation.
Liberia: Now Broadcasting Where No Other News Can Go
Of the 193 countries in this world, perhaps none is more dysfunctional, impoverished and wretched than Liberia, a nation of three million people on the west coast of Africa.
Liberia: In War's Aftermath, a New Model of Progress
Liberia: Community Radio Gets a New Lease on Life
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Liberia: Peace, but Misery Still Pouring Down in Liberia
[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Edinburgh Evening News (Scotland) on August, 30 2003]
Liberia: Mercy Corps Office Proves to be a Calm in the Midst of Liberia's Storm
The recent shelling of Monrovia by belligerent forces, sent thousands of Monrovians and foreign nationals running helter skelter in search of safe refuge wherever such was available.
Liberia: A View from Liberia
[Editor's Note: The following answers are from a Liberian member of Mercy Corps' staff in Liberia in response to a series of questions from the Mercy Corps' headquarters staff.]
Liberia: Mercy Corps Launches Emergency Water Program
In response to evidence of increased cases of cholera and other waterborne diseases, Mercy Corps is launching an emergency water supply program in Liberia to help victims of civil war cut off from clean water.
Liberia: Growing Concerns over Humanitarian Conditions in Liberia
Liberia: Mercy Corps Begins Peacebuilding Program in Liberia
Mercy Corps has launched a five-year, $12 million initiative, the Community Peacebuilding and Development Program (CPBD), in war-torn Liberia.