November 6, 2014 IDSA’s Center for Global Health Policy is pleased to announce the availability of service grants for IDSA members volunteering in West Africa to contain the spread of the Ebola outbreak through treatment of patients or by training healthcare workers on the frontlines in the affected countries. The grants are in recognition of the desperate need for volunteers to stop the disease at its source. With the World Health Organization recently reporting that the Ebola outbreak is still “widespread and intense” in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, there continues to be a need for qualified healthcare workers to care for the sick and prevent further transmission.Each grant of $2,500 is meant to offset some of the costs volunteers will incur by attending the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) training course or a comparable course, traveling to West Africa, and provide a small amount toward lost income during the volunteer period. Applicants must provide verification of attendance at the CDC training or similar course, and of affiliation with a governmental or non-governmental organization (NGO) coordinating the volunteer effort such as USAID, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) or Partners in Health. There are 40 such grants available which will be awarded to the first 40 accepted applicants who meet the requirements, including deploying to West Africa after November 1, 2014. To apply, click here and complete the form. Any questions regarding the grants may be directed to the Center for Global Health Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding the specifics of volunteering, such as travel arrangements to the country, training onsite in Africa, availability of appropriate personal protective equipment, and availability of evacuation in the event of an exposure, should be directed to the organization coordinating the applicant’s efforts. We applaud the heroic efforts of those who have volunteered their time in responding to this humanitarian crisis and urge others who are able to volunteer to lend their expertise. To support further efforts of the Center for Global Health Policy, please consider making a donation to the IDSA Education and Research Foundation which supports the many programs of the Center.
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