Sierra Leone Press Material

Photo story: Sierra Leone students back to healthier schools with WHO support

17 April 2015

Photo story: Sierra Leone students back to healthier schools with WHO support Tuesday was a happy day in SierraLeone as children returned to school after many months away due to the Ebola outbreak. Read how the Government of Sierra Leone, WHO and partners made that possible

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Cuban Ebola responders depart Sierra Leone

01 April 2015

Departing personnel at the farewell ceremonny The last batch of Ebola responders from the Cuban Medical Brigade will depart Sierra Leone on 1 April 2015, following a farewell ceremony with local dignitaries on Monday, 30 March in Freetown. The first contingent of 98 Cuban health workers departed Sierra Leone on Sunday 22 March after nearly 6 months supporting the Ebola outbreak response in the country.

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Nigerian mobile lab in Sierra Leone: bringing skills learned in one outbreak to another

27 March 2015

Yemisi Ighodalo, a lab technician at work in the EMLAB mobile laboratory in Freetown, Sierra Leone A Nigerian mobile lab has been operating in Sierra Leone as part of the international effort to help test Ebola samples in the current outbreak. The lab saves critical hours by testing the samples rapidly and reducing the need to transport samples over long distances. The lab plans to return to Nigeria to work on Lassa fever when the Ebola outbreak is over.

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Tracking Ebola in the fishing community of Aberdeen in Freetown, Sierra Leone

11 March 2015

Tracking Ebola in the fishing community of Aberdeen in Freetown, Sierra Leone 11 March 2015 - In February 2015, cases of Ebola began appearing among the community of fishermen living in the coastal area of Aberdeen in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over 20 cases occurred at the same time, suggesting they had been infected by one source, possibly an unsafe burial. WHO and partners immediately sent teams into the district to work with the community to identify all Ebola cases and those who had been in contact with them, to prevent further infections.

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WHO Regional Director for Africa concludes first leg of visits to Ebola affected countries

24 February 2015

Dr Moeti washes her hands at the entrance of the District Emergency Response center in Port Loko, Sierra Leone. 24 February 2015, Freetown - Today, the World Health Organization's Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, wraps up her visit to Sierra Leone, her first to an Ebola affected country.The 3-day visit, which started on Saturday 21st February 2015, was aimed at gaining a better understanding of the ongoing situation, what progress has been made so far and which areas WHO could further support the country to get to zero Ebola cases.

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WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti visits Sierra Leone

22 February 2015

Dr Moeti shakes the hand of Sherrie Bangura (black t-shirt), Ebola survivor and founder of 'The Rescue Team', a network of Ebola survivors in Port Loko district. Freetown, 22 February 2015 -- Today, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the newly elected WHO Regional Director for Africa, starts her four-day visit to Sierra Leone to get a better understanding of the Ebola response activities on the ground and reconfirm her commitment to the on-going Ebola outbreak.

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Sierra Leone's Rescue Team: Ebola survivors supporting each other

16 February 2015

Sherrie Bangura, an Ebola survivor and founder of "Rescue team", a network of more than 90 Ebola survivors in Port Loko district, Sierra Leone The "Rescue Team", an association set up by Ebola survivors to help fellow survivors trying to put their lives back together again, is now exploring ways to contribute to the Ebola outbreak response in Sierra Leone. "How can I make a life when I have no hope? My future is blind," says Sherrie Bangura as he contemplated life after recovering from Ebola virus disease.

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Restarting immunization in Ebola-affected village

10 February 2015

Restarting immunization in Ebola-affected village One of the great challenges in this Ebola outbreak is finding ways to safely provide essential health services like child immunization while still fighting the Ebola outbreak. This is the story of what the community health care team in Kamasondo village are doing to reach all the babies born in the district during the Ebola outbreak and vaccinate them against common childhood killers.