Ebola Changing Course in Liberia: Will Aid Adapt?
The Ebola outbreak started in rural areas, but by June it had reached Liberia’s capital, Monrovia.
By August, the number of people contracting the Ebola virus in the country was doubling every week. The Liberian government and aid workers begged for help.
Enter the U.S. military, who along with other U.S. agencies had a clear plan in mid-September to build more Ebola treatment units, or ETUs. At least one would be built in the major town of each of Liberia’s 15 counties. That way, sick patients in those counties wouldn’t bring more Ebola to the capital.
But it’s taken a long time to build these ETUs; most won’t be done until the end of the year. And now the spread of Ebola changing — clusters are popping up in remote rural areas. So building a huge treatment center in each county’s main town may no longer make sense.