- 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
Written by Kieran McConville
It really doesn’t look like much – two men and a woman on a crumbling concrete porch hammering and bending bits of old metal into seemingly random shapes. But this is what transformation looks like.
An old oil drum, from the words embossed on its side probably originating in France, is changing form into something which will positively impact the lives of these three people, their families, their neighbors and – in its own small way – the planet on which they live those lives.
A LOW-TECH “WONDER”
Written by Kristin Myers
Despite global hunger levels falling, one in nine worldwide still face hunger. Here are the ‘ten hungriest’ countries according to the 2017 Global Hunger Index.
Heavy rains in Freetown, Sierra Leone, caused mudslides that killed nearly 500 people and displaced thousands. Approximately 600 people are still unaccounted for. Concern’s distribution teams have been activated and are delivering essential supplies to some of the most affected communities.
Coping with disaster
This publication is a synthesis of lessons from more than a decade of Concern Worldwide’s disaster risk reduction (DRR) programming in the area of community resilience. Based on research in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Haiti, Mozambique, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Niger, and Ethiopia, this publication describe Concern’s approach to DRR and community resilience and offers lessons and guidance on how to use DRR to build resilience.
The publication presents lessons learned in the following themes:
The scale of the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014 and 2015 challenged the national governments and international development and humanitarian agencies on multiple levels. It reverberated around the world, caused huge suffering for those affected, gripped the media and ultimately forced us all to examine how we responded, what we did well, and how we can do better.
Concern’s burial workers face stigma from their communities every day. In response, three of them created a song they call “No Discriminate” that they eventually hope to record, and inspire widespread change. View it here first.
Written by Kieran McConville
Published on October 29, 2015
Mahommad Samba Kamara stands outside a small tin shack in the pouring rain, watching his team suit up in protective gear to collect another body in the back streets of Freetown, capital of the West African nation of 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.
Written by Eve Heyn
Concern’s Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health initiative is using creative new approaches to help to spread the word about the importance of breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding yields countless benefits for both mother and child. It provides children with a perfect balance of nutrients and antibodies for optimal growth and development.
Written by Kieran McConville
In the late summer of 2014, as the outbreak of Ebola gathered pace in the West African nation of Sierra Leone, a decision was taken by its government to make “medical burials” mandatory for anyone who died in the capital, Freetown. Such burials involved teams dressed in full protective clothing removing and burying the body in a designated cemetery.
IT IS ESTIMATED THAT UP TO 80 PERCENT OF EBOLA TRANSMISSIONS… WERE THE RESULT OF CONTACT WITH DEAD BODIES.
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.
Key recommendations from INGOs working in Sierra Leone ahead of the High Level Conference on Ebola – March 3rd - Brussels
By Kristen Cahill, Senior Program Manager, Innovations for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health
By Breda Gahan
HIV and AIDS theory and practice in developing countries is sometimes dominated by the power of Western ideas, worldviews, actors, tools, models, and frameworks. Consequently, the resulting interventions may too rarely be locally rooted, locally driven, or resonant with local context.
A “unique relationship” between Irish aid agency, Concern, and largest provider of funeral services in Ireland, Glasnevin Trust, for records manageme nt in Ebola victims’ cemeteries
Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian organisation, has entered into an agreement with the Glasnevin Trust for assistance in burial records management in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, where the agency has been responding to the Ebola crisis in the country.
Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest humanitarian organisation today welcomed the announcement that Ireland would send members of the Defence Forces to Sierra Leone to help combat Ebola.
Concern Worldwide is implementing a programme to address the spread of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The agency has taken responsibility for managing 14 burial teams and two cemeteries and in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. In Liberia, they are responsible for the construction of isolation units at 19 community health units.
In the world of infectious diseases, a lot of sadness hides behind acronyms. Recently, Concern became involved with one of the very saddest: DBM, or Dead Body Management.
Safe burials key to stopping Ebola epidemic
In the Western Area of Sierra Leone, which includes the capital city of Freetown, it is estimated that up to 80 percent of Ebola transmissions are the result of contact with dead bodies. That means that the safe disposal of dead bodies is critical to breaking the cycle of transmission.