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Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone

The emergence of Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa threatens regional and global public health security

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  • Tracing Ebola in Tonkolili When the Tonkolili District reported a new case of Ebola on 24 July 2015, it marked a change in the Sierra Leone Ebola response. A rapid response team was despatched to manage this new source of infection, the first case in that area for more than 150 days. It resulted in a whole village being quarantined, and showed how quickly Ebola can travel and that no district can let down its guard until there are zero cases of Ebola.
  • Community-led, community based response in Tonkolili District Moses Alpha Turay survived Ebola but lost everything that was dear to him. In the space of one month last year, his wife, his two children, and four other close family members all died of the Ebola disease. “My wife and children died at the same Ebola treatment centre while I was still admitted there”.
  • UNMEER-WHO Transition Message The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) was established on 19 September 2014, mandated as a temporary measure to harness the capabilities of all the relevant UN actors under a singular operational crisis management system to reinforce unity of purpose among responders and to ensure a rapid and effective response to the Ebola crisis.
  • 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 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.…