Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. The UN’s health agency says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed at least 8,000 people. Health authorities and drug makers world-wide have been racing to develop treatments for those infected with the Ebola virus and vaccines to protect those not yet sickened, however no vaccines are available to protect against Ebola currently.
Below is a list of some highly-rated charities tackling the Ebola outbreak. If you choose to support the work of charities that strive to find a cure for Ebola, those that aim to curb the spread of the disease or those that assist those already infected… this is a great place to start.