- 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
“Ebola was an unknown disease for Sierra Leoneans. When it came to our country, people didn’t believe it was Ebola.”
Abu Bakarr Tarawallie cuts the look of a weary man. It would be an understatement to say that the last 18 months have been challenging for him and his Sierra Leone Red Cross colleagues.
hey know they are close to ridding their country of Ebola. But equally, they know that the disease has halted the green shoots of development in post-war Sierra Leone.
“We had so many goals for our country, some of which were very ambitious,” he says.
Jinna Amara had been ill for several days. No one knew what was wrong with her.
Upon hearing that his cousin was sick, Mustapha Mambu did what anyone else would do – he cared for her and tried to get her treatment.
Mustapha went to fetch his cousin from her home in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone, in late September.
He wasn’t to know that she had Ebola. Sadly, three days after bringing her home, she died. But worse was to come.
“My nickname is Happy Shower,” smiles Jestina Boyle, a Red Cross volunteer at the Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone.
Jestina provides psychological and emotional support, particularly to patients at the centre.
Through Jestina’s encouragement and counselling skills, more patients are going through the so-called ‘happy shower’.
This is the shower that survivors experience before crossing the threshold from the treatment centre back into the normal world.
Tackling Ebola on the front line is an emotional experience, but I’m glad I’m here, writes British Red Cross nurse Marjorie Lee.
Am I a hero? Not for one minute. I’m just somebody helping somebody else. And people here in Sierra Leone, as in Guinea and Liberia, need our help.
I arrived two weeks ago. The first thing that strikes you is how incredibly friendly people are. Everyone you pass says “hello” or “how are you?”
Francesca Ginnett has just returned from Sierra Leone where she was tasked with making sure essential supplies reached health workers and volunteers fighting Ebola. This is her take on the last month.
So, how was it?
This is the question I keep getting asked. A simple ‘interesting’ or ‘tough’ won’t suffice, but I don’t know how to summarise the last month in a few words.
This is a guest blog by Paul Jenkins, head of international partnership development at the British Red Cross.
As the death count from the latest Ebola outbreak in West Africa passes 140, health experts are struggling to contain the deadly virus before it spreads beyond the region.
Make no mistake, the effects of Ebola are terrifying.
Ebola outbreaks have had death tolls in the hundreds before, including the original 1976 outbreak that made the disease infamous in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).
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The British Red Cross has deployed a health delegate to Liberia in response to the increasing cases of Ebola in the region.
The current outbreak started in neighbouring Guinea and has so far resulted in 83 deaths and 127 suspected infections (as of April 02), according to the World Health Organisation.
Pete Garratt, British Red Cross disaster response manager, said: “The Red Cross has acted quickly to prepare communities and it is vital people know how to prevent the spread of the virus.
Children repeatedly bear the brunt of war. According to the UN, 6.8 million people in Syria require urgent humanitarian assistance and half of them are children.
Globally, children in conflict are often forced to take part in horrifying acts of violence and witness attacks on their villages and loved ones.
“It is our responsibility to act now and stop violations against children,” said Leila Zerrougui, UN under-secretary general and special representative on children and armed conflict, told the British Red Cross on a recent visit.
Sharon Reader, British Red Cross beneficiary communications delegate, reports on new approaches to tackling cholera in Sierra Leone:
It’s easy to persuade people to wash their hands and drink clean water when the spectre of cholera is looming. It’s not so easy when there is no scary disease waiting to strike. Be honest, do you always wash your hands before you eat?
15 November 2012
The Red Cross has launched a ‘999’-style emergency hotline in Sierra Leone ahead of elections on 17 November and is ready to respond should any civil unrest occur.
Members of the public, anywhere in the country, can report any crisis through the Sierra Leone Red Cross hotline, such as a flood or cholera outbreak, as well as incidents of civil unrest. The hotline, which is the first of its kind in the country, is supported by the British Red Cross with funding provided by BT.
Two months ago the British Red Cross sent an emergency team to respond to an outbreak of cholera in Sierra Leone. Now, the number of new cholera cases is rapidly reducing.
It’s a far cry from the glamour of Hollywood, but through the power of film the British Red Cross is tackling the deadly cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone.
A mobile cinema will be visiting those communities worst affected by the cholera outbreak over the next five weeks, making sure they understand how cholera is spread and how to protect themselves. The deadly disease has already killed 254 people and affected 16,000 more.
23 August 2012
A British Red Cross emergency team is heading to Sierra Leone to help tackle a deadly cholera epidemic.
The disease, which has already infected more than 10,000 people and killed more than 170, is spreading rapidly throughout the country.
The British Red Cross team of experts in hygiene promotion and sanitation will work with the global Red Cross movement to halt the worrying rise in the number of people affected by the water-borne infection, which causes severe vomiting and diarrhoea and can kill within hours if left untreated.
By Sarah Oughton
Ten years on from the end of Sierra Leone’s civil war, a fragile peace still holds. But, with tensions rising in the run up to presidential elections, there is still a long way to go.
Every year, people celebrate International Women’s Day in wildly different ways: some organise a meal with friends; others rally thousands together for a cause. On the first International Women’s Day 101 years ago there were rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland campaigning for women’s rights to education, the vote, and to equal pay.
However you celebrate this International Women’s Day, it’s important to reflect on which issues of inequality still remain – especially in developing nations where women’s human rights may not be adequately protected by the law.
By Katrina Crew
Every year, nearly two million children die from preventable diseases. Pneumonia and diarrhoea (rotavirus) are the two biggest killers, responsible for around 40 per cent of childhood deaths. A simple vaccine could save many of those children’s lives.
Today, donors and representatives from governments and aid agencies are meeting in London to find ways of funding a global immunisation campaign that would make new vaccines available for the world’s poorest children.
By Sarah Oughton
March 31, 2011 at 10:20 am
Two decades ago, a civil war began in Sierra Leone that lasted 11 years. Nine years later, the emotional and physical scars are still evident, particularly for the children who were forced to fight, and their struggle now is to find hope in the aftermath of the conflict.
In the video, you can hear 18-year-old Kalie Kamara's story.
In Senegal and Burkina Faso, more than 200,000 people are now homeless as torrential rains continue to lash down and floods destroy homes, crops and drinking water.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched appeals for Senegal and Burkina Faso and has sent teams to both countries to find out exactly where and what are the needs.
The British Red Cross has released =A358,000 from its Disaster Fund to buy 100 rapid latrines and meet the sanitation needs of 5,000 displaced people in Burkina Faso.
In Ouagadougou, the capital of …
Floods in West Africa are affecting over 400,000 people and the British Red Cross has released =A325,000 to provide relief for badly hit Sierra Leone.
The UN reports that since the rainy season began in June, 159 people have been killed across the region with 103 of these in Sierra Leone.
Pete Garratt, British Red Cross disaster relief manager, said: "The flooding is ongoing with a high level of rainfall predicted to continue over the next couple of weeks.