President Obama outlines US plan to help countries impacted by #Ebola outbreak

Obama gave a speech today at the CDC about the threat posed by the West African Ebola Outbreak and what the US government is doing to help the affected countries.

“If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people affected, with profound economic, political and security implications for all of us,” Obama said Tuesday after briefings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Emory University.

“It’s a potential threat to global security if these countries break down,” Obama said, speaking of the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. At least 2,400 people have died, with Liberia bearing the brunt.

President Obama outlined multiple parts of the US plan to fight the outbreak. In the video of the speech (which CauseScience posted previously), Obama also commented on working to leave the affected countries better prepared to deal with outbreaks in the future, as well as asking congress to provide support for US research into treatments and vaccines.

—Send 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the stricken region

—Train as many as 500 health care workers a week.

—Erect 17 heath care facilities in Liberia of 100 beds each.

—Set up a joint command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to coordinate U.S. and international relief efforts.

—Provide home health care kits to hundreds of thousands, including 50,000 that the U.S. Agency for International Development will deliver to Liberia this week.

—Carry out a home- and community-based campaign to train local populations on handling exposed patients.

#Ebola Quotable: Anja Wolz calls for action on Ebola Outbreak

My time in Kailahun (Sierra Leone) has been frustrating and disappointing, because I know from previous outbreaks what is required to control this one. No single organization has the capacity to manage all that is needed to stop the outbreak. Other organizations must attack this outbreak in all its facets. But the response has been too slow. We need people who are hands-on and on the ground. We need to be one step ahead of this outbreak, but right now we are five steps behind. – Anja Wolz perspective for NEJM, a must-read for first-hand descriptions of the Ebola outbreak from a nurse!