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Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to Enable Future Lockdowns

In late September, Sierra Leone instituted a national 3-day lockdown the goals of which were: 1. volunteers circulated to educate households 2. isolate the sick 3. remove the dead Many residents reported suffering hardship during the curfew due to not having sufficient provisions. Some households in the impacted areas of West Africa may not have refrigerators and thus rely upon daily trips to a market. A massive distribution of Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) such as those used by the US military may ease the burden on many households subject to a curfew and may help to facilitate future curfews. This could be among the measures necessary to help stem the spred of Ebola.

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Photo of Bettina Fliegel

Hi Adam. I think it is a good idea to prepare in advance for future curfews. Supporting communities with preparations like this will also help to create goodwill and cooperation. Great idea. I wonder if there are other local nonperishable foods that could be provided.

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Adam, a good idea but having survived on MREs for long periods of time, the ones we have will be foreign and rejected by the locals as the foods in these are NOTHING like what is normal food in these areas. In Afghanistan, the military passed out HDRs and MREs and the locals used them to make blankets for donkeys and the kids used them as school bags. The food, they threw in the burn pits.