Sierra Leone Press Material

Vaccinating and registering the children born during Ebola

15 July 2015

Vaccinating and registering the children born during Ebola Sierra Leone conducts immunization and birth registration campaigns for children under five In Sierra Leone, the Ebola outbreak has affected all aspects of health care. Exact numbers are yet to be confirmed but it is clear that many children have missed out on routine vaccination services and birth registration during the outbreak. To counter this, mass immunization campaigns are being held to enable children to ‘catch-up’. In June this year, an integrated measles and polio campaign was conducted reaching 97%…


Sierra Leone: Inspiring confidence and trust in Ebola care

09 July 2015

Sierra Leone: Inspiring confidence and trust in Ebola care 9 July 2015 -- In Sierra Leone’s Magazine Wharf community, people distrust the services set up to tackle Ebola. When ambulances arrive to take away those who are ill, patients, their families, and their neighbours fear they will never return or they will be mistreated. So, WHO and its partners held a demonstration to reassure communities.


UN Remarks at the Official Launch of the Measles and Polio Campaign Delivered by Dr Anders Nordström, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone Murray Town, Freetown, 5 July 2015

05 June 2015

Mr. Chairman The Vice President Republic of Sierra Leone Minister of Health & Sanitation Representatives from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Representatives from the Local Council Colleagues from the United Nations Members of the media Ladies and Gentlemen   On behalf of the United Nations in Sierra Leone, I would like to express my pleasure and gratitude to be here with you today and to speak on the occasion of the launch of the Measles and Polio Immunization Campaign.…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.