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Infographic: Ebola's hidden costs

Alan Ó Raghallaigh | 30 October 2014 | 1 Comment

Over 4,500 people have died in the current Ebola outbreak in west Africa. When confronted with those numbers and the terrifying news stories that accompany them, it’s easy to forget the larger, quieter tragedy that’s playing out behind the scenes. Concern Worldwide has stepped up its emergency response in order to fight the spread of the virus.

Before this outbreak, both Sierra Leone and Liberia were already struggling for stability in the wake of civil wars. Huge numbers of people relied on subsistence agriculture just to stay alive, and literacy and child mortality rates were some of the worst in the world.

Lives threatened

Now that those already-fragile health systems are completely overwhelmed, treatable illnesses like malaria and typhoid threaten more children's lives than Ebola. Expectant mothers are afraid to go to hospitals — or are turned away — and are needlessly dying in childbirth. Two nations of children will likely miss an entire year of school and disruptions to crop harvesting means that they'll be without enough to eat.

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Health systems are completely overwhelmed with treatable illnesses like malaria and typhoid threatening more children's lives than Ebola. Inforgraphic designed by Aeri Wittenbourgh.



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