Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) impacts not only those who are directly affected, but their families and communities, and those working in the healthcare setting supporting the EVD emergency response. Those associated with EVD can be vulnerable to social stigma, worsening their distress and isolation.

In addition, rumors, denial and myths surrounding Ebola continue to hinder the delivery of prevention and mitigation measures, as does a continued absence and refusal by burnt out and overwhelmed health workers to work in the already insufficient number of isolation wards and Ebola treatment centers. UNICEF has alerted that the impact of the epidemic on children continues to grow as health services for children have been severely disrupted and schools have closed.

As a result of the aforementioned challenges, local authorities are completely overwhelmed and are not able to offer stress management or Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) for affected communities, nor provide grief care for the victims’ families.