Cash: a solution for Ebola recovery




Sierra Leone / Liberia


4 minutes



In 2014, the Ebola virus began to claim lives and wreck livelihoods in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 28, 616 people were infected and 11,310 died.

To control the virus, communities were placed into quarantine and movements were restricted. People were unable to run their businesses or reach their farms to take care of crops.

Ebola impacted greatly upon people’s ability to find food and in some cases there were more mouths to feed, as households took in those that had no-one else to turn to.

As quarantine measures were relaxed, in order to support affected households and relaunch local economies, Cash Transfer Programming was seen as a solution to the food insecurity, caused by the Ebola crisis.


Whilst the impacts of Ebola continue to be felt to this day, Cash Transfer Programming has helped the most vulnerable households get back on their feet.  By injecting money into local economies, markets and communities are thriving once more.

Cash: a solution to Ebola recovery was commissioned by the Cash Learning Program (CaLP), Oxfam GB and USAID, in order to demonstrate the success of Cash Transfer Programming during a crisis such as Ebola.

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