- Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
On 14 August 2017, the capital of Sierra Leone was hit by a mudslide and flash floods due to torrential rainfalls. The mudslide, which occurred in the Regent community of Freetown, left hundreds of houses buried under rubble with around 500 people dead, 600 declared missing and other 6,000 affected (Office of National Security data).
Last week, flash floods killed over 490 people in Freetown with a high number of people still missing and affected number of people rising to 6000. Considering the critical sanitary conditions, public health situation of those affected is highly endangered. Action Against Hunger delivers safe drinking water and intervenes to prevent spreading of diseases amongst the affected communities.
Sierra Leone recorded its first Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case on 24th May 2014. By 7th November 2015, when the country was initially declared free from the EVD epidemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 8,000 people had been infected, resulting in more than 3,500 deaths and 4,000 survivors all over the country. On 31st July 2014, the President of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, declared a state of public health emergency that was maintained throughout the outbreak.
Nutrition for Growth: Sierra Leone’s progress on its commitments 3 years later
Ranking 181/188 in the Human Development Index, Sierra Leone remains one of the countries with the highest maternal and infant mortality rates. According to the 2014 National Nutrition Survey, the Global Acute Malnutrition, Severe Acute Malnutrition and stunting (chronic malnutrition) rates in Sierra Leone stand at 4.7%, 1.0% and 28.8% respectively.
An integrated food and nutrition security project
March 9, Freetown, Sierra Leone: In a collaborative effort between the Government of Sierra Leone and its development partners to improve the access to and availability of high-quality health services in the country, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc.
Free at last
Since May 2014, Sierra Leone has had to battle with the dreadful Ebola Virus Disease. The outbreak was classified as the largest, fiercest, and most complex ever in the history of the virus, mostly affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Putting on a display of its fierceness, 8,704 were in total infected by the virus, claiming the lives of 3,589 Sierra Leoneans (221 being health care workers).
Après 42 jours sans qu’aucun nouveau cas d’Ebola n’ait été signalé en Sierra Leone le pays s’apprête à être officiellement déclaré « Ebola free». Action contre la Faim (ACF), présente auprès des Sierra Léonais depuis plus de 20 ans et durant toute l’épidémie, se réjouit de l’éradication du virus dans le pays. A la veille de cette journée historique, l’organisation appelle également à rester vigilant et à maintenir un système de surveillance accrue et de bonnes pratiques d’hygiène pour éviter d’éventuelles rechutes.
Sierra Leone has been under siege from the EVD epidemic for more than a year. According to World Health Organisation, this outbreak has been classified as the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since the Ebola virus was first discovered in 1976, with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as the most severely affected countries in the West Africa region.
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.
This October 15th, hundreds of millions of people around the world (including Sierra Leone) celebrated the Global Handwashing day, with the theme; “Raise a hand for hygiene” Celebrated annually, this Global Handwashing Day was especially important given the current context of Sierra Leone, affected since May 2014 by the worst Ebola outbreak in the history of the virus.
Freetown, August 30th 2015
More than one year since the Ebola outbreak started in Sierra Leone, the country is on its way to zero.
Most of the emergency measures have been lifted although the state of emergency was extended by the President on his speech to the nation on August 6th.
The lifting of the restriction is positive on the population’s life conditions; however some of the consequences of the Ebola outbreak, particularly those ones on food and nutrition security, are showing their deepest effects with the on-going lean season.
Paris, le 28 août 2015
In October 2014 ACF in Sierra Leone has initiated an innovative approach for the social mobilization activities that mobilizes the communities for improving control of the risks of transmission of Ebola at community level.
The CLEME (Community Led Ebola Management and Eradication) programme aims at triggering the behavioural change needed by the communities to strengthen community resilience to the outbreak and prevent further resurgence by ensuring real and sustainable improvements through:
Lundi 23 Mars 2015
COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE
DES MILLIONS D’ENFANTS EUX AUSSI VICTIMES D’EBOLA
EVD outbreak: impact on the treatment of malnutrition?
Case studies from Freetown-Western Area and Moyamba Districts
Ebola Conference, Brussels, March 3rd 2015
Key recommendations from INGOs working in Sierra Leone ahead of the High Level Conference on Ebola – March 3rd - Brussels