The Road to Zero: The Fight is Not Over
August 20 – September 20, 2015
The easing of restrictions on travel, public gatherings, and market, restaurant, and business hours is great news. But we must remember, it is NOT a sign that Ebola is over. We are not out of the woods yet.
- Great progress has been made across the country and we are getting back to normal, but Ebola is still with us and so we must remain vigilant and keep practicing safe behaviors.
- As long as there is Ebola in any district, we are not free of Ebola. When every district reaches resilient zero for 42 days, then this Ebola epidemic will be declared over.
To get to and stay at zero, we cannot afford to relax our guard. We must all be watchful for Ebola. In the communities, you are the eyes and ears of the response.
- If you or someone you know is sick, call 117 or your district hotlines at the first sign of early symptoms. Early symptoms of Ebola are similar to malaria: fever, headache, chills, and weakness.
- To be safe, think of these symptoms as if they could be Ebola and call 117 or your district hotline.
- The later signs of Ebola are vomiting and diarrhea. If you wait until these symptoms appear, you are reducing your chances of survival, and you risk infecting your family and loved ones.
- Do not run away or hide people with symptoms of Ebola. Early treatment is the best chance of survival, and protects your family and community.
- Take action to protect yourself, your family, your community and Salone:
- Wash hands frequently and avoid body contact with others.
- Do not touch a sick or dead person, or their belongings.
- Continue to practice safe, dignified burials.
- Alert your village leaders of visitors to the community and make sure everyone is following safe practices.
We can only get to and stay at zero when we break the chain of transmission.
- Breaking the chain of transmission means identifying and isolating anyone who may have comein direct contactthe body fluids of a person with Ebola, to make sure no one else gets sick.
- You can help stop Ebola in its tracks. When asked who you’ve come in contact with, tell health workers the truth. Even one missed contact can keep Ebola going.
Every district must continue to fight until the country records no new cases for 42 days and is declared Ebola-free.
- We need to keep doing what we already know works to stop Ebola.
- We have reduced transmission from hundreds of cases per week to single-digits.
- Fewer cases allow us to focus our efforts and act quickly every time.
We have the power to stop Ebola and get to zero. Stand up and take action now to protect yourself, your family, your community and Mama Salone!
TOPIC and INTERVIEW SUGGESTIONS
Consider interviewing: 1) Ministry of Health officials, healthcare workers, and social mobilisers who can discuss the importance of remaining vigilant until we get to zero; 2) CDC, WHO, or NGO experts; 3) DERC or DHMT staff; 4) chiefs who encourage their villagers to remain alert and call 117; 5) survivors who can discuss how staying alert, calling 117, and/or going into quarantine saved their lives
Encourage communities to make commitment: “Until we get to and stay at zero, I commit to practicing safe behaviors to protect myself, my family, my community and Mama Salone.”
Challenge community members by audience to share how they are going to ensure their community continues to fight Ebola until we get to zero.
- Week 1: Health workers
- Week 2: Religious leaders
- Week 3: Women and Youth leaders
- Week 4: Traditional healers and Secret Society leaders
Let’s End This Together. Le We Tap Ebola.