Sierra Leone Press Material

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.

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From Liberia to Sierra Leone: a cortege of hope in the fight against Ebola

05 February 2015

From Liberia to Sierra Leone: a cortege of hope in the fight against Ebola Three Liberian ambulances, with 20 Liberian staff joining their Sierra Leonean colleagues in the fight to end Ebola After a two-day journey bumping along more than 500 kms over rough roads and dirt tracks, 3 ambulances and a team of 20 Liberian health experts have arrived at last in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

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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."