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Information about Ebola

Open Message from Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Like so many in the Peace Corps family and around the world, I'm heartbroken by the stories of suffering caused by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. As a public health professional who has spent time in that region of the world, I've laid awake at night, thinking of how the Peace Corps can help to combat this deadly disease, given our unique model and approach.

Health and Safety of Volunteers and Staff

The health, safety and security of Volunteers and staff are Peace Corps' top priorities. We continue to closely monitor the Ebola outbreak in collaboration with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Department of State.

While there have been isolated cases in other areas of Africa, the Ebola outbreak and the removal of Volunteers has been limited to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

  • Health Guidance to Volunteers and Staff : Peace Corps is distributing training materials to all Volunteers and staff in Africa with educational information about Ebola, ideas for educating their communities, and key ways to keep themselves safe.
  • Volunteers removed from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone : In July, the Peace Corps announced the removal of Volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the increasing spread of the Ebola virus, and in October, officially suspended these programs.

How You Can Help

Peace Corps Supports West Africa

Current and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from West Africa and beyond have joined the fight against Ebola.

Blogs about what Volunteers are doing to support the people of West Africa:

Learn the Facts about Ebola

Last updated Nov 03 2014

Emergency 24-hour
telephone number

855.855.1961, ext. 1470
or 202.692.1470

This line is staffed by the Peace Corps Counseling and Outreach Unit (COU) and they can:

  • notify a Volunteer of an emergency (e.g. critical illness or death of a family member)
  • respond to family questions about a Volunteer's status
  • supply an update about civil unrest or a natural disaster in the host country