Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States
Goal: Intensify plan to deploy aid to areas stricken by the Ebola outbreak
President Barack Obama has recently announced that the United States will be lending additional resources to the fight against the Ebola outbreak. During an address from Atlanta’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, President Obama pledged to deploy 3,000 troops to disease-ravaged Liberia, where the epidemic has hit hardest, to help with relief efforts. The Obama Administration has committed over $175 million and is asking congress for additional funds to help with plans to build 17 Ebola treatment centers with around 100 beds each and launch courses to train 500 health care providers per week.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the worst seen since the discovery of the virus in 1976 and has been categorized as an international health emergency by the World Health Organization. So far, nearly 3,000 people have died, including 120 health care providers. The disease, which attacks the immune system and causes organ failure, has a mortality rate of 47 percent. There is currently no proven or approved cure for the disease, though some experimental treatments appear to be raising the survival rate.
The disease is spreading quickly with the number of new cases rising to 700 per week—up 200 from weeks ago. Health officials at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases predict that cases could balloon into the hundreds of thousands if the crisis is not addressed in time. The United Nations Security Council has called the outbreak a “threat to international peace and security,” while the White House has declared it a global threat.
In order to stop the spread of the virus, it is vital that the international community step up to offer aid to the most afflicted areas. The Obama Administration’s efforts will go a long way to helping victims in West Africa as well as containing the disease. Sign the petition below to thank President Obama for his work and ask that he continue to fight the Ebola outbreak.
Dear President Obama,
The White House recently announced that it will be deploying 3,000 troops to Liberia to help with Ebola relief efforts, and has committed $175 million to the fight against the outbreak. The United States will be building 17 Ebola treatment clinics and training 500 health care providers per week with an online course.
Ebola is spreading at an alarming rate and poses a great risk to the international community. I applaud your initiative to provide aid for the victims of the outbreak and ask for your continued work to fight Ebola.
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