The Ebola devastation of 2014-2015 in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea exposed the fragile health systems of the region. According to the US Center for Disease Control, over the period of the crisis, Liberia had 10,675 cases and reported about 4,809 deaths. Sierra Leone had over 14,124 cases and reported 3,956 deaths. Guinea had 3,805 cases and reported 2,536 deaths. Nigeria had 20 cases and reported 8 deaths.
Three days after the World Health Organization, or WHO, declared the Zika virus a global health emergency, many Liberians are still unaware of this new virus that is quickly spreading across the world.
On Friday, September 18, Chicago Global Health Alliance held its second annual Art Gala at Adler University in Downtown Chicago. Family, friends and supporters of the non-profit gathered to help raise awareness and financial resources for the medical team.
In July, a team of medical professionals and humanitarians transported over US$700,000 worth of medical supplies to hospitals in Liberia such as the John F. Kennedy Memorial, Phebe, and Redemption, and Ganta United Methodist Hospitals. They plan to return in December to provide training for using and maintaining the equipment.
The “Liberian Trailblazers” series profiles exceptional Liberians and the work they do. The Bush Chicken spoke with Rev. Kenety Gee, Co-Founder and President of the Chicago Global Health Alliance, regarding the current initiatives his organization has underway.