As the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in recorded history continues to devastate West Africa, the American Red Cross is supporting the ongoing relief efforts of the global Red Cross network with both financial and technical assistance. More than 5,300 volunteers from Red Cross societies in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are leading disease prevention education efforts, providing emotional support, assisting in the burial of the dead, bringing food to communities on lockdown among other lifesaving activities. In September the Red Cross opened its first Ebola treatment center in Kenema Sierra Leone, to relieve pressure on the local government hospital. The clinic has already released its first patients from the 60 bed treatment center.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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