Liberia has a serious hygiene problem which makes containing the Ebola outbreak difficult.
Gotnews.com editor-in-chief Charles C. Johnson came under fire for pointing out that hygiene is a serious problem among Africans and Liberians in particular.
The U.S. government worries as well. In 2013, USAID announced plans to help “curb open defecation” in Liberia.
— Timmy Global Health (@TimmyGlobHealth) August 8, 2013
Now they are working to distribute hygiene kits throughout Liberia.
— Cintas Clean (@CintasClean) September 29, 2014
Liberia’s had a problem with hygiene for a long, long time.
Lifewater, an NGO committed to safe drinking water, was asked by the European Union and the Liberian Government to conduct the first systematic testing of 150 communal wells in Monrovia. They found the following:
Most wells had sanitation problems;
30% of the pumps required repair;
37% of the wells had yield problems;
The average water temperature was 83 degrees and nearly every well had active bacterial populations. Half the wells had coliform and/or pathogenic bacteria.
— dietvorst (@dietvorst) November 8, 2013
By some estimates, Liberia has one of the worst hygiene records in the world.
Here’s how one activist explained it:
#whyCleanWater: dirty water, poor sanitation and bad hygiene cause the deaths of one in five Liberians
— Saran Kaba Jones (@sarankjones) December 31, 2011