Ebola Update: A Serious Safety Concern for Upcoming ISV Programs?

by isvolunteers on Thursday, 28 August 2014

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As of August 28, 2014, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed over 1450 people and the number continues to rise. What is Ebola? You can read the World Health Organisation factsheet on this highly contagious disease.

Is ISV concerned?  Yes, and No.  Yes, of course we are. As global citizens we are deeply concerned about the affect this disease is having on people in West Africa. It is difficult to imagine the personal impact this is having on families, communities and every affected West African nation. We have great respect for the commitment and bravery of health workers; may they stay safe as they help others in need.

However, we want to reassure upcoming ISV volunteers who will be travelling to South Africa this November, December and January – the information currently at hand suggests that there is no risk to your safety in South Africa. We remain hopeful that the outbreak will remain contained in West Africa and be promptly addressed with the help of increased and united global action.

What evidence you ask, do we use to state our current position?

Part of ISV’s Global Risk Management Plan is to utilise recognised government authorities on health, travel and safety. For example, we get the regular updates from Smart Traveller from Australia. You can sign up to get these updates too, here.

ISV puts volunteer safety first. We care about you, and it’s just how we operate. ISV South Africa volunteers – rest assured you are in the best hands. You’ll be the first to know if the situation changes over the coming weeks although, like the rest of the world, we are hopeful that it will soon be contained and lives and suffering spared.

Please contact our AUS or USA offices if you have any questions or concerns here

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