Stop the Next Ebola Outbreak

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Immediately provide new relief aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, including medical aid to halt the Ebola outbreak before it spreads out of control.

In 2013, the world witnessed the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history. Nearly 30,000 people died as the disease spread like wildfire through West Africa. That outbreak has since receded, but a new one is just emerging.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The outbreak has already claimed three lives, with a total of nine people potentially being infected.

“It is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky. But we always take this very seriously,” WHO Congo spokesman Eric Kabambi told Reuters.

For now, the outbreak might be small, which is why now is the time to take action. Left alone, Ebola can rapidly spread through vulnerable populations, especially those without access to clean water and sanitation. The DRC fits this bill perfectly; it’s one of Africa’s poorest countries, and infrastructure is in a state of severe disrepair after years of internal conflict.

Halting the ebola epidemic now isn’t just altruistic, either. At the height of the last Ebola outbreak, western nations including the U.S. were forced to take preventative measures to stop the disease from gaining a foothold on their soil. Four cases were reported in the U.S., with one person tragically dying from the disease. Other western countries were likewise affected, including the U.K., Italy and Spain.

This last minute battle could have been prevented, if only the world had paid attention to the disease before it spiraled out of control.

We now have a second chance to do the right thing. Sign this petition to demand the U.S. government take immediate action, and promptly provide relief and medical aid to the DRC.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Trump,

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed a crisis is brewing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A new Ebola epidemic could be about to hit the world, after nine possible cases were uncovered in the DRC. Although the outbreak is small, the WHO has already described the situation as “a public health crisis of international importance.”

The U.S. has an obligation to act, and immediately provide new medical aid to the DRC. During the last Ebola outbreak, almost 30,000 people lost their lives, while thousands more were left permanently scarred by the disease. The outbreak even reached U.S. shores, infecting four people and killing one.

Indeed, in our modern, globalized world, an outbreak in an isolated area of the DRC can quickly spread across Africa, and eventually beyond. What happens over there, affects us over here.

We therefore urge you to take immediate measures to provide aid and relief to DRC health authorities. If we can stop this outbreak before it surges out of control, we could potentially save tens of thousands of lives, and prevent yet another global pandemic.

During the last outbreak in 2013, the world was slow to act. We failed West Africa, not to mention those who were afflicted with the disease in the U.S. Let’s not make the same mistake again.

The U.S. has a chance to stand up for its values, and help the people of the DRC.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Cynthia Goldsmith/CDC

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop disease outbreak now!

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