Sierra Leone Press Material

Over 1.3 million under five children in Sierra Leone to be vaccinated against measles and polio

05 June 2015

FREETOWN, 5 June 2015 – The year-long Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has had a negative impact on basic health services, especially maternal and child health, with opportunistic childhood diseases such as measles and polio continuing to challenge an already overstretched system.

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New WHO Representative in Sierra Leone presents credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

05 June 2015

Freetown, Sierra Leone – 4 June 2015: The World Health Organization’s new Representative in Sierra Leone, Dr Anders Nordström, today 4 June 2015 presented his credentials to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in Freetown.

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Giving back after Ebola

25 May 2015

Adiatu Pujeh, nurse at the King Harman Road Hospital, Sierra Leone Before the Ebola virus arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone, hospital nurse Adiatu Pujeh and her colleagues at the King Harman Hospital thought malaria was the most challenging disease they faced. But Ebola, which arrived in their midst last September, infecting Adiatu and killing many of her colleagues, changed all that.

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The last Ebola survivor of his team

25 May 2015

Mohamed Sesay, laboratory technician at Kenema Government Hospital, Sierra Leone Mohamed Sesay was once part of an eight-person team of laboratory technicians trained to test for Ebola virus. But as the outbreak exploded and more and more samples arrived, his team was overwhelmed. One by one his colleagues sickened and died. He too eventually fell ill but survived - and is the only member of his team left to tell the tale. Read it here.

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Helping health workers protect patients with clean hands

05 May 2015

Dr Komba Songu-Mbriwa in a training session with infection prevention and control focal points and hygienists from the Western Area In Ebola-affected countries, like Sierra Leone, the lack of running water can make hand hygiene a challenge. Hand hygiene is so important in public health that 5 May every year is marked as Hand Hygiene Day.

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Sierra Leone wraps up four-day health and vaccination campaign

04 May 2015

Sierra Leone wraps up four-day health and vaccination campaign Following the start of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the intensely-affected countries suspended all large-scale national mass immunization campaigns for diseases like measles and polio. This decision was made as a safety precaution because typically immunization campaigns involve large gatherings of people as parents bring their children to the vaccination place. During the time Ebola was spreading widely, health authorities warned large group gatherings put more people at risk of contracting Ebola.

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1.5 million under 5 children to be reached with essential health services as Sierra Leone recovers from Ebola

24 April 2015

Freetown, 24 April 2015 – Despite the unprecedented challenges of delivering basic health services in an Ebola emergency, Sierra Leone will hold its first public immunization and health campaign over the next four days aiming to reach an estimated 1.5 million children under 5 with life-saving interventions.

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Ebola diaries: When youth reported cases in the night

21 April 2015

Ebola diaries: When youth reported cases in the night Aminata Kobie is a health promotion officer in WHO Sierra Leone Country Office. When the first Ebola cases began to appear in May 2014 in Sierra Leone, Aminata travelled the country educating health workers and communities about the virus. As the outbreak spread throughout the country, Aminata spent months at a time educating her fellow Sierra Leoneans and visiting resistant communities where Ebola cases continued to occur.