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The Canadian Red Cross initiatives for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) strive to mobilize communities and government health workers in rural, remote regions of the world where some of the world’s most dire circumstances for women and children exist. This is achieved by leveraging our extensive network of trained Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers. In partnership with ministries of health and our Red Cross/Crescent partners, and building on our unique roles as auxiliaries to government, we work to enhance national health plans and to provide a comprehensive, proven and integrated package of essential MNCH interventions and services, among them:

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The West Africa Ebola outbreak, which began in March 2014, is the worst outbreak of the virus in recorded history and affects Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. To date, no treatment or vaccine is available for the disease, which kills between 25 – 90 per cent of victims, depending on the strain of the virus.

The number of cases keeps increasing in the three countries at the heart of the outbreak – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and with suspected cases in new countries and a confirmed spread to Nigeria.

As of September 23, 2014, more than 2,800 people have died and more than 5,800 cases have been reported, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). August saw a sudden peak in cases and in the first two weeks of September, 909

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As the worst outbreak of Ebola in recorded history continues to devastate West Africa, the global Red Cross network is scaling up efforts to combat the deadly virus, even launching a new health facility in the hard-hit Kenema district. So far, the American Red Cross has contributed $2.6 million to the fight against Ebola.

In Sierra Leone—where more than 1,400 Ebola cases have been

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