Wash Your Hands! Preventing the Spread of Ebola
To prevent the spread of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, everyone—healthcare professionals, adults, and children—was urged to wash his or her hands frequently. During the epidemic, washing your hands was a collective responsibility, and to that end governments and NGOs distributed soap and disinfectants to families. Handwashing stations were set-up by hospitals, treatment centers, schools, businesses, and community settings such as markets. They usually consisted of a bucket and/or pail, and hand cleaners (soap and often times diluted bleach solutions). They sat on their own stands or were placed on ledges, chairs or stools. And, when need be, communities would improvise with materials on hand, such as bamboo.