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.