Relief Effort in West Africa – How You Can Help

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VOLUNTEER– ANA is partnering with the International Medical Corps to recruit nurses to travel to Sierra Leone and Liberia to help care for patients infected with Ebola. Established in 1984, International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through medical relief, health care training, and development programs that build self-reliance.

International Medical Corps has established an ETU in Bong County, a four-hour drive from
Monrovia.  With the opening of this facility on 15 September, International Medical Corps is one of a handful of international NGOs in the world to be treating Ebola patients. International Medical Corps is currently establishing additional isolation centers for patients suspected of Ebola virus infection (EVD).  IMC is seeking qualified healthcare workers to assist us in our response to EVD. 

Healthcare workers who may be exposed to people with EVD are required to wear, and will be provided with, protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection.  Workers will be trained to practice proper infection control and sterilization measures. Nurses will be involved in the direct care of patients with EBV, utilizing supportive and palliative therapies, and providing preventative health education.

Qualified healthcare workers, water and sanitation, and engineering practitioners should possess the following:
  • Experience in overseas programs relating to primary health care, communicable diseases; experience in maternal and child health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS is useful
  • Stamina to work with limited resources in austere environments relating to primary health care, infectious and communicable diseases;
  • Excellent communication and training skills;
  • Previous NGO experience is desirable, but not necessary;
  • Must be extremely flexible and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations;
  • Must have the ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively;
  • Must be available on short notice. 

Interested volunteers can apply for positions through the
 International Medical Corps Ebola website here.

USAID is also coordinating a volunteer response. Click here to submit your contact information to USAID's Center for International Disaster Information.

DONATE – ANA knows that not everyone can commit to serving as a volunteer. But, there are other ways to help! By making a financial contribution, you can help to support nurses and others responding to this crisis. Consider making a financial contribution to: