Stop Hunger Now continues to provide both emergency meals and medical equipment to the victims of the growing Ebola crisis in West Africa. Here is the latest press release on our recent efforts.Ty
Stop Hunger Now Aid to West Africa Continues
More than 2 mllion meals and other aid shipped for Ebola Crisis Response
(Raleigh, NC, Oct 17, 2014) – Stop Hunger Now continues to provide food and donated aid to partners in Sierra Leone and Liberia in response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Stop Hunger Now U.S. and Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa have already shipped 2.2 million meals and more meals will be in route in the next few weeks.
“The situation of the country at this time is nothing short of pitiful,” says Josaphat, leader of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Monrovia who are working in the villages of Liberia to help prevent and defeat Ebola.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the 2014 Ebola outbreak is one of the largest in history and affects Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone in Western Africa. To date, more than 4484 deaths are attributed to suspected cases of the virus. As a result, there are reported incidences of food shortages, starvation and a general increase in food insecurity in the region.
Experts indicate there is a good chance of survival if the Ebola sufferer receives appropriate treatment, especially through blood transfusions, good nutrition; clean beds and mattresses, good personal health and protective material.
In addition to meals, Stop Hunger Now shipments have included other critical supplies and donated aid such as medical gloves, face masks and personal protection equipment.
Stop Hunger Now is working with in-country partners Salesian Missions, Reach Now International, New Harvest Ministries & Final Command Ministries and Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention in Sierra Leone and Liberia to distribute the meals and supplies.
“Stop Hunger Now is acting quickly to provide life-saving food and aid to the families affected by the Ebola outbreak,” said Rod Brooks, Stop Hunger Now President and CEO. “Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we exceeded our initial commitment of one million meals in a matter of weeks. As the extent of the need becomes more clear, we intend to help as long as necessary.”
Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now has delivered aid and disaster relief supplies in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, school supplies, and more to thousands of disaster victims and other hungry and vulnerable people around the world. More than 450,000 volunteers have packaged the highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals during popular community-supported Stop Hunger Now meal packaging events.
“We’re grateful for the many volunteers who have packaged meals with Stop Hunger Now. Their support has made this shipment possible. We encourage others to schedule meal packaging events and commit their donations to help us ship meals so that we can continue to provide much needed relief,” says Brooks.
Stop Hunger Now also has a track record of providing meals in response to disasters. After Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, Stop Hunger Now shipped 3 million meals and more than $672,800 in donated aid for a response totaling more than $1.5 million towards relief efforts. The organization provided nearly 200,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.