In the next ward, a 4-year-old girl lay on the floor in urine, motionless, bleeding from her mouth, her eyes open. A corpse lay in the corner -- a young woman, legs akimbo, who had died overnight. A small child stood in a cot watching as the team took the body away, stepping around a little boy lying immobile next to black buckets of vomit. They sprayed the body, and the little girl on the floor, with chlorine as they left.This is the nightmare scenario for West Africa, and in some places it has already arrived. FAVL is trying to do some of the basic groundwork and long-term development work that we believe helps mitigate this kind of public health disaster. Our book production center in Houndé, Burkina Faso, with funding from Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs, has produced copies of an Ebola information pamphlet called Parlons d'Ebola that our team adapted from WHO information bulletins.
These have been distributed to all the libraries in our network. Our pilot girl's health literacy reading club project, funded by EIFL, will enable five libraries to purchase and use six smartphones in each library for a reading club of 10 young women. They will be meeting and discussing vital health literacy information. if Ebola virus has already come to Texas, it is only a matter of time before someone unwittingly introduces the virus to Burkina Faso. The more prepared those populations can be, the more the virus can be contained.