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Nationwide celebrations as country declared Ebola-free
Saturday, 7 November 2015 - 11:56am
Save the Children welcomes the World Health Organisation (WHO) announcement marking the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, but warns that the deadly epidemic has had a devastating long-term impact on vulnerable children.
The unprecedented outbreak in West Africa was the worst in recorded history with more than 11,313 deaths in total across West Africa, including 3,955 in Sierra Leone.
Even though the reduction of infant and child deaths received incredible support by the international community through its inclusion as one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sierra Leone, in 2013 ranked highest for under-five mortality of 182/1000 per live births.
The first World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016, will bring together governments, humanitarian organisations, and people affected by humanitarian crises to propose solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In the months leading up to the Summit, ensuring that children’s voices are heard in these discussions is a key priority for Plan International.
by Dan Stewart
Around a year ago I arrived in Sierra Leone for the first time. The Ebola epidemic seemed to be spiralling out of control, deadly and poorly understood. A few weeks later the outbreak reached its peak, with more than 500 cases recorded in a single week.
Sometimes I felt like I was looking at the country through a glass screen. It was right there but distant. Movement was restricted, crowds were avoided, everyone was cautious.
Le monde a l’obligation de soutenir la relance des pays affectés par Ebola
Au moment où s’ouvre aujourd’hui à New York la Conférence internationale sur le relèvement des pays affectés par Ebola, l’ONG Save the Children exhorte la communauté internationale à aider le Liberia, la Sierra Leone et la Guinée à mobiliser les ressources dont ils ont besoin pour financer leurs plans de relance.
The world has an obligation to support the recovery of Ebola affected countries
With the opening today of the International Ebola Recovery Conference in New York, the NGO Save the Children urges the international community to support Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea mobilizing the resources they need to finance their recovery plans.
This short paper outlines priorities for successful and sustainable community-based health systems:
Community engagement is crucial for getting to zero on Ebola. The governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea must continue to prioritise and resource this. We must ensure that lessons are learned and embedded for future Ebola outbreaks.
Children Report Increased Exploitation, Teenage Pregnancies in Ebola-Affected Sierra Leone
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FAIRFIELD, CONN (June 17, 2015) — Children across Sierra Leone report that exploitation and violence against girls has increased during the year-long Ebola epidemic, resulting in rising cases of teenage pregnancies, according to a new report launched today by three leading aid agencies.
Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.
Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.
Wednesday 25 March 2015
Dr Clare Warrell volunteered at Save the Children’s Kerry Town Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone. Patient names have been changed to maintain confidentiality.
As the sun rises over the spectacular Western Area Rural mountain range, our bus carefully picks its way along the Waterloo highway.
With liberal use of the horn and brakes, we negotiate goats, women carrying huge buckets of produce on their heads with enviable ease, cars stuffed with firewood and, most regularly of all, police Ebola checkpoints.
Ebola Conference, Brussels, March 3rd 2015
Almost 30 countries vulnerable to a new Ebola-style Epidemic, jeopardising the future of millions of Children – Save the children
Almost 30 countries are highly vulnerable to an Ebola-style epidemic jeopardising the future of millions of children, warns Save the Children in its new report ‘A Wake Up Call: Lessons from Ebola for the world’s health systems’.
Key recommendations from INGOs working in Sierra Leone ahead of the High Level Conference on Ebola – March 3rd - Brussels
It isn’t until you arrive at Save the Children’s Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town that you start to really appreciate the scale of the operation, and the number of people involved in making sure that it runs safely.
Over 600 national and more than 100 international staff work in this specialist medical centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
by Justin Forsyth
Our CEO visited Sierra Leone last week to visit Save the Children teams and see first hand the continuing fight against Ebola. Here he shares his experiences of meeting Ebola survivors and the human cost of the disease. In part one of his blog he wrote about meeting survivors, here he writes about the wider implications of the epidemic on the country.