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World Vision is urging global leaders attending the European Union High-Level Conference on Ebola in Brussels this week to offer increased support for children in affected West African countries. More than 8,000 children have been orphaned in Sierra Leone alone.
The University of Pittsburgh football team partnered with World Vision to build Ebola Caregiver Kits for staff in Sierra Leone. One of the students, Patrick Amara, was born in Sierra Leone and said he was happy to participate in the effort to help his country.
Aruma, 14, lost his parents, his elder brother, and three younger siblings to Ebola. He’s one of more than 11,000 children in West Africa who have lost one or both parents to the Ebola virus. World Vision is helping provide for the needs of children like Aruma.
When Fiston Kengawe was just 14 months old, his grandmother took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. World Vision works to help children suffering from malnutrition but also trains and educates families how to better feed and care for children like Fiston.
Ending extreme poverty is only going to be possible if governments gathered for next week’s post-2015 meeting focus efforts on reaching all children, especially those living in war, fragility and instability, World Vision said Monday.
Leading international aid agencies warn that the world’s largest partnership for child immunization faces up to a $US 500 million funding shortfall for the next phase of its life-saving work.
World Vision is a part of a major initiative to bring an Ebola vaccine to help stem the devastating West Africa outbreak of the disease.