World Vision collects for Ebola

ONE of Australia's biggest charities has called on Australians to donate to help stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

World Vision Australia chief executive Tim Costello launched the charity's "Ebola outbreak appeal" on Wednesday.

It is the first fundraiser by the charity for a single disease, and follows World Vision's decision to send five million items of protective clothing and equipment to the beleaguered region and train 750 workers to use them.

Mr Costello said, as the number of new Ebola cases was doubling every 20 days, there was "only a few weeks to contain the outbreak" where it originated.

He said bodies were being left lying in the streets because of the fear of handling them, while more than 3700 children had been orphaned by the outbreak.

Funds raised through the appeal will go to help raise awareness on how to identify and prevent the spread of the disease in Sierra Leone, and provide food and support to orphaned children.


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