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Engineers offer online help to fight against Ebola

Engineering charity RedR has launched an online advice service for workers fighting Ebola in West Africa.

RedR is working with several key international bodies to offer a specific section of its KnowledgePoint portal for those tackling the highly contagious disease.

Experts in medicine, aid work and engineering will be online to rapidly respond to questions on Ebola from those at the front line.

RedR UK technical services and membership co-ordinator Harriette Purchas said: “This is what KnowledgePoint was designed for. In this crisis, not all of the experts who are needed can be out in the field. 

“Remote access to their expertise, combined with rapid response by experts to those who need timely, appropriate advice, is vital.

“That is exactly what KnowledgePoint provides. We are very pleased to be able to help the international fight against Ebola in this way.’

RedR is working on the initiative in conjunciton with the UN WASH Cluster, the World Health Organisation, The International Committee of Red Cross, Medicines Sans Frontieres and the Centre for Disease Control.

The Ebola section of KnowledgePoint can be accessed here.

More than 3,000 people have died from the disease across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia in less than a year.

A spokesman for RedR last week told NCE that its members had been working in this part of Africa for some time, building roads and water pipes that are now proving crucial.


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