USAID needs qualified health workers to join the U.S. response in West Africa to the Ebola outbreak. Click here to become a medical volunteer. Photo by USAID

Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama announced “a major increase” in the nation’s response to Ebola.

And you can help.

USAID is looking for medical and public health professionals to volunteer assistance in West Africa, and join the more than 3,000 U.S. troops who will be sent to the most affected areas. The Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 2,400 lives and infected roughly 5,000 people, prompting World Health Organization spokesperson Bruse Aylward to call it a health crisis “unparalleled in modern times.”

You can join the response by filling out this USAID form, which will ask you for contact information. You can also contribute to non-governmental organizations who are responding to the outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also developing an introductory safety training course for licensed clinicians intending to work in a West African “Ebola treatment unit.”

Obama outlined the detailed for the nation’s upcoming response to fight Ebola, including:

  • establishing a military command center in Liberia to support response efforts across the region;
  • providing 3,000 U.S. military forces to facilitate coordination of government and international relief efforts;
  • sending 65 personnel from the U.S. Public Health Service to work in new field hospitals in Liberia
  • creating an air bridge to get health workers and medical supplies into West Africa;
  • creating a new training site to train thousands of health workers; and
  • building additional treatment units, new isolation spaces and more than 1,000 beds;

He also called on Congress to approve additional funding for Ebola response efforts.

“The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better, but right now, the world still has an opportunity to save countless lives,” Obama said. “Right now, the world has the responsibility to act, to step up and to do more. The United States of America intends to do more. We are going to keep leading in this effort.”

Find out more about Ebola with CDC’s updated fact sheet, which was released Tuesday.