Help Those Caught in the Ebola Crisis

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For months, a devastating Ebola outbreak has gripped West Africa. As of October 9, 2014, more than 3,860 people have died from the disease, and thousands of others are infected. Although the situation appears stable in Nigeria and Senegal, the disease has spread into the Democratic Republic of the Congo. One Ebola fatality has been reported in the United States, and the first European Ebola patient has been identified in Spain. Experts are all but certain that more cases will appear in Europe.

The crisis, however, is in West Africa, particularly Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. And nonprofits are there, engaged in the fight to save lives and help survivors rebuild their lives.

Some organizations are treating patients who have contracted the disease. Others are providing medical supplies or constructing clinics. A number are training medical staff how to protect themselves against the virus. Many are engaged in community outreach, tracking the contagion's spread, alerting people in affected communities, informing West Africans about the options available to them, and correcting misinformation about the virus and its treatment. Others are caring for children orphaned by the disease or distributing food, water, and other necessities to Ebola-stricken areas. Many nonprofits are acting in concert to take advantage of each other's strengths and maximize the assistance they're providing.

The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has published a list of nonprofits responding to the crisis. We've divided the list into two parts, nonprofits for which we have expert analysis and recommendations and those for which we do not. Use the links under each organization's name to read more about it on GuideStar or to go directly to its donation page elsewhere on the Web.

Expert-Recommended Nonprofits

To see the experts' comments on an organization in the list, click on its GuideStar report link and look at the summary and impact tabs.

Organization How They're Helping Recommended By

Adventist Development and Relief Agency International

Providing supplies to hospitals Philanthropedia, Root Cause

American National Red Cross

Treating patients, providing disease prevention and humanitarian assistance Philanthropedia, Root Cause

Catholic Relief Services

Educating people in affected areas about Ebola Philanthropedia

Concern Worldwide

Busting Ebola myths in affected areas so people will seek treatment Philanthropedia, Root Cause

Doctors without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres

Treating patients Philanthropedia

International Medical Corps

Treating patients, constructing a treatment center, providing training and other assistance Philanthropedia

International Rescue Committee

Treating patients, providing training to medical staff, engaging in disease prevention and other activities in affected communities Philanthropedia, Root Cause

Plan International

Offering child protection services Root Cause

Save the Children

Constructing treatment centers in Liberia, providing disease prevention training and other assistance Philanthropedia, Root Cause

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Providing disease prevention training Root Cause

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Providing food assistance, coordinating humanitarian response Root Cause

World Vision

Providing disease prevention, treatment, and medical supplies Root Cause

"The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most-protracted ever recorded and it shows no signs of waning as the affected countries have been unable to control the outbreak on their own."


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