As we hope that you’ve gathered by now, we have 3 phases of our Ebola programme:
Phase 1: Ensure security of students and staff on our sites from Ebola.
Phase 2: Continue the education of our students that are on and off site.
Phase 3: Provide for the orphans of Ebola by preparing for their integration in to EducAid schools.
That letter means that we are able to fully open our Interim Care Centre (ICC) for low-risk orphans, and Observational interim Care Centre (OICC) for at-risk orphans. Here is a brief overview of what each centre will do:
Observational Interim Care Centre – Rolal
The OICC will be taking in the at-risk orphans of Ebola. Up to 24 children needing close medical observation will be accommodated in the smallest groups possible, for example 8 groups of 3. Medical observation will include temperature checking every 3 hours and close observation for any other symptoms. If spotted, an immediate isolation can be achieved and the children will be taken for treatment, maximising their chances of survival. The small groups mean that if one student is diagnosed with Ebola, we do not have to hold back the entire group for a further 21 days – only the children within the same group need to re-start their quarantine period.
EducAid Rolal has isolated one school building and freed up a 10 room staff quarters block for an OICC. A new latrine has been constructed so that the OICC will be self-contained, and some minor adjustments have been made to doors and windows to ensure it’s security.
As soon as children have cleared 21 days, they will be free to go to another home and restart life. Some may want to go back to their communities if they are confident that they will be cared for well there. Some, knowing the poverty in their families, will prefer to stay in EducAid and go to school and make their home with us, only visiting the family periodically.
The centre will be staffed by trained survivors including some nurses. Our newly recruited ‘survivor’ staff were being trained by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) last week and have been operating since Monday.
We anticipate being able to help at least 30 children a month to re-enter society safely.
Interim Care Centre – Maronka
In addition to the Observation ICC for high-risk cases, we have been running an ICC for low risk but vulnerable children. These might be children who have no carer since their parents died. They may well have already been through quarantine and have in any case not had recent contact with any Ebola sufferer.
There will be far less need for medical observation but temperatures will be checked each day. The children will mingle more normally but stay away from the rest of the village and school until they have cleared 21 days without symptoms, at which point they will be free to join one of the EducAid schools.
Maronka has a teacher training centre that is far away from the rest of the school and has been fenced off. There are latrines on site and water will be brought to the centre by the school community.
We expect to be able to bring at least 25 children in every 21 days. There are currently 29 residents and as some leave others will come. 10 came in yesterday from a community that lost 82 people to Ebola a few months ago.
Neither of these projects would have been possible without the authorisation of the local authorities, so we are hugely thankful to everyone that has made it possible for us to achieve this. We know that we are in a great position to cut out Ebola from the very earliest stage, reducing each sufferer’s impact to the bare minimum. With a coordinated local approach to the fight on Ebola, we are sure that we can get it done.
As you can imagine we are severely in need of financial support. All of our programmes are draining the resources of the charity and without the appropriate funding in place our effectiveness will be reduced.
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