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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."


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.


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."


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,…


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.


President Koroma attends meeting of the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre

12 August 2014

President Koroma, left, at the EOC working station being briefed by Dr Mufunda, WHO Representative Freetown, 11 August 2014 – President Ernest Bai Koroma made his third visit to the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the WHO Country Office in Freetown today 11 August. The President last visited the Centre on Saturday 9 August. In today’s visit the President participated in the daily meeting where he received briefing by the Minister of Health and Sanitation Ms Miatta Kargbo and the EOC body on the decisions, required actions and measures agreed upon by the EOC members…


President Koroma makes second visit to the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre at the WHO Country Office

09 August 2014

H E President Ernest Bai Koroma and Dr Mufunda WHO Representative Freetown, 9 August 2014 – The President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, on Saturday, visited the Ebola Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone. This is the second visit of the President in 10 days. He made true his promise during his first visit on 31 July that he would be following up on the emergency response activities of the EOC. President Koroma enquired about various response structures including the treatment…


WHO and Embassy of Russia donate consignment of items to support Ebola outbreak response

01 August 2014

Dr Mitula (left) formally making the donation and handing over to Dr Fofanah Freetown, 1 August 2014 - The WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone on 1 August 2014 donated a consignment of assorted items worth US$38,000 to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. The donation is part of WHO’s continued support to the government of Sierra Leone in the Ebola outbreak response. The various items included 3,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to protect health workers particularly those that are directly involved in the management of cases in the treatment centres, the ambulance and…

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