We train community health workers (CHWs) to identify Ebola symptoms, refer suspected cases of Ebola to health facilities for treatment, and to carry out Ebola awareness-raising campaigns for community members of all ages. In addition to CHWs, we also educate lawmakers, cultural leaders, religious leaders and civic leaders on containing possible outbreaks.
Our involvement in the Ebola outbreaks of 2000, 2007 and 2012 have equipped us with the experience and expertise to strengthen Uganda’s response to ongoing cases, and to prepare for any future challenges.
During the outbreak in West Africa in 2014, we trained over 500 volunteers from community-based organizations in Coyah and Forecariah districts in Guinea to help their communities understand and protect themselves from Ebola. This reduced the prevalence of Ebola in Forecariah and stopped the outbreak in Coyah.