In response to the Ebola outbreak, our academic consortium combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL) was recently awarded a $7.5 million grant as part of Paul G. Allen’s $100 million #TackleEbola initiative. ACCEL is working closely with our partners in Liberia, as well, including the Liberian Post Graduate Medical Council (LPGMC) and the Liberian Ministry of Health.
Our goal is to have a sustainable impact and, after Ebola is defeated, resume support for medical education and research to improve the health of all Liberians. This goal is being supported by three specific aims:
AIM 1:To provide direct, immediate relief on the ground through provision of emergency medicine physicians, infectious disease specialists and disaster management teams to engage with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and provide expanded workforce capacity for care at Ebola Virus (EV) treatment facilities and triage training at government hospitals to identify those potentially infected with EV.
AIM 2:To provide training, mentoring and support along with the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) and decontamination and laboratory supplies, to enable the reopening of district and community hospitals necessary to meet the basic health care needs of the population.
AIM 3:To support hospital laboratory function, blood banking and transfusion services in the country.