Wellingborough Rotary members help pack ebola aid container

Members of Northamptonshire Rotary Club helped pack a second 40 foot container with hygiene and sanitary supplies to help in the fight against ebola
Members of Northamptonshire Rotary Club helped pack a second 40 foot container with hygiene and sanitary supplies to help in the fight against ebola
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Rotarians from the district have helped pack a 40ft container with aid to help stop the spread of ebola in Sierra Leone.

It is the second container of goods which members of Rotary have filled with hygiene and sanitary supplies such as disinfectant, disposable gloves, isolation gowns, face masks, soap and sanitary wipes.

The supplies are destined for the Pajehun District of Sierra Leone in West Africa.

They will be distributed by the charity Wherever the Need to help prevent the spread of ebola.

The container was organised by Rotarian Bob Parfitt from the Rotary Club of Wellingborough Hatton.

Working through the charity Refugee Relief, Bob receives warehouses’ donations of seconds, surplus, over-ordered and dated supplies from UK companies, hospitals, supermarkets and schools. ]

The Northampton West team was led by Rotarian Robin Green, who is also the Assistant Governor for the area.

The contents of the container will be distributed to help local communities fight the disease through improved hygiene and clean water.

In the longer term Wherever the Need is helping communities to improve sanitation by building ecological toilets.

Another devastating impact of ebola is the number of children who have been orphaned.

Fear of infection often means that survivors and orphans are expelled from their communities.

The Rotary Club in Freetown – the capital of Sierra Leone – says 6,000 to 8,000 children have been orphaned in that country alone.

The second container sent also contained books and educational materials to help educate the orphans.

The local Rotary clubs estimate that millions of pound will be required to feed and educate these orphans when ebola is conquered and reconstruction can begin.

General manager of Wherever the Need Louise Kirby-Garton estimates that the supplies sent in the first container in October helped 16,000 people improve basic hygiene and resist infection from ebola.

Further information about the work of local Rotary Clubs and Wherever the Need can be found at www.wherevertheneed.org.uk.