This building season, from December through April, attention will be focused on adding two rooms to the school, which grew from 70 pupils to 220 before Ebola struck, and adding two rooms to the clinic. The goal at the clinic is to treat general adult illnesses in addition to supporting maternal and child health, and the additional space will be used to isolate serious cases and to treat adult males, providing the mothers with gender privacy. A building to house the new rice-hulling mill will also be built. Production of mud blocks for these projects is already underway and should be completed within two weeks, according to Fodei.
After a period of several weeks with no Ebola cases, five cases in two different districts were reported in September. Response was quick, however, and no further cases have been reported since then. Two cases surfaced recently in Liberia, however, which had been declared Ebola-free. It seems certain that the virus has not been completely eradicated -- even if temporarily eliminated in humans, it survives in the wild-animal population and may likely transition again at some point to the human population. Continued vigilance will be necessary.