Sierra Leone Press Material

Increasing community engagement for Ebola on-air

03 February 2015

Zainab Akiwumi in the radio studio of Radio Maria talking about the need to suspend cultural and traditional practices in times of Ebola, Sierra Leone. WHO’s social mobilization team is using radio to reach communities with information about how to prevent the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone. Reaching communities not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally as well. “My work as a social mobilizer is to pass on key messages to convince people to stop the cultural and traditional practices that are fuelling the spread of Ebola,” says Zainab Akiwumi, who leads the WHO social mobilization team in Sierra Leone.

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More than 2.5 million people reached in emergency response campaign with anti-malarial medicines in Sierra Leone

22 January 2015

More than 2.5 million people reached in emergency response campaign with anti-malarial medicines in Sierra Leone Two successive emergency response campaigns in Sierra Leone to distribute anti-malarial drugs to people living in areas affected by the Ebola virus disease outbreak have successfully reached more than 2.5 million people, and significantly reduced the number of people with fever that might be mistaken for Ebola virus disease (EVD).

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How Kailahun district kicked Ebola out

29 December 2014

WHO mobile lab scientists at the crossing point between Guinea and Sierra Leone. Kailahun district in eastern Sierra Leone was one of the country’s first hotspots in the Ebola outbreak, at its peak reporting more than 80 new cases per week in late June 2014. With the assistance of WHO and partners, combined with the close involvement of community leaders, the district has managed to beat the disease and has reported no new cases for several weeks. There is no room for complacency however. Community teams and health workers are on high alert…

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Cured of Ebola, Rebecca returns to cure others

24 December 2014

WHO Director-General Dr Chan shaking hands with Rebecca Johnson, nurse, Ebola survivor, Sierra Leone 2014 For many people, December 22 was the beginning of the holiday season. But for Rebeca Johnson, a Sierra Leone nurse who survived Ebola, it marked a return to work - and a new lease on life. "I will take the work normally as I did before. I will wear the full PPE, but I won’t ever be scared again because I have immunity."

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Sierra Leone communities organize Ebola response

24 December 2014

Meeting of Ebola taskforce in Nimiyama Chiefdom, Eastern Sierra Leone, aiming to mobilize all community members in the fight against the disease. “In our chiefdom we have the necessary structures in place — leaders of all the villages are part of the Ebola response and fully involved, we have an active surveillance approach, and the population is well informed,” explains Philip Musa Koroma, Deputy Paramount Chief of Nimiyama Chiefdom in Kono district in Eastern Sierra Leone.

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When Ebola came calling: how communities in Sierra Leone faced the challenge

24 November 2014

When Ebola came calling: how communities in Sierra Leone faced the challenge When Ebola first swept through Port Loko District, Sierra Leone the rash of sudden inexplicable deaths was so shocking local people explained it as "a witch plane crash."

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Helping the Ebola survivors turn the page

03 November 2014

Ebola survivors tell their stories at the Survivors’ Conference in Kenema, Sierra Leone. As the Ebola outbreak grows and spreads, a small but significant group of people is also growing - the Ebola survivors. Emerging shell-shocked from what one described as a "glimpse of hell", the survivors have not found life easy on the other side of the Ebola ward. Some in the community brand them as "witches" for surviving. For many, the faces they longed to see again while lying in the Ebola ward are no longer there. Husbands, wives, children, brothers,…

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Cuban medical team heading for Sierra Leone

15 September 2014

Cuban medical team heading for Sierra Leone 12 September 2014 -- Cuba is known the world over for its ability to train excellent doctors and nurses who can then go out to help other countries in need. And now it will send a medical team of 165 people to Sierra Leone to help in the frontline in the Ebola response efforts.