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21 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

In this piece by the international development secretary, she says in giving £5m to the flood response, Britain is at the forefront of helping a nation in need

17 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

Hundreds feared dead, thousands still missing and many more left homeless after mud engulfs houses near the capital, Freetown

Sierra Leone’s president has appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the country’s capital.

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15 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

The hunt for survivors of a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital has continued, with 270 bodies recovered so far, according to the mayor of Freetown.

A mass burial will be held later today to free up space in the city’s central morgue, which has been overwhelmed with bodies.

A national emergency has been called after the city suffered heavy flooding, thought to be the worst in Africa over the past two decades. The country’s interior minister, Paolo Conteh, warned that thousands of people were still missing.

16 Jul 2017 description
report The Guardian

A year after the country was declared free of the virus, maternity care and family planning remain starved of funding

Mamie Gibila travelled across choppy waters for almost four hours last week to reach a hospital. She was midway through labour with twins. The first baby was born at home, but she was unable to deliver the second and urgently needed medical attention.

19 Jan 2017 description
report The Guardian

A coalition of governments, philanthropists and business is pledging to put money and effort into making vaccines to stop the spread of diseases that could threaten mankind – and to prevent another outbreak as devastating as the Ebola epidemic.

05 Dec 2016 description
report The Guardian

In his latest update from Sierra Leone, Isaac Bayoh, who now works with Medici con l’Africa, looks at how people are coping a year after the outbreak ended

The Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone remains among the most devastating events in our country’s history, perhaps more dreadful even than the 11 years of civil war.

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12 Nov 2016 description
report The Guardian

During the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, hundreds of people – teachers, builders, taxi drivers – volunteered to support not only those who contracted the virus but also their families.

The work of burial teams was crucial in stopping the spread of Ebola, which claimed almost 4,000 lives in Sierra Leone and more than 11,000 across west Africa.

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30 Sep 2016 description
report The Guardian

Sarah Boseley Health editor

Exclusive: Bank chief Jim Yong Kim vows to expose governments that fail to tackle malnourishment as part of mission to rid world of stunting by 2030

The president of the World Bank has warned he will name and shame countries that fail to tackle the malnourishment and poor growth of their children, as part of a mission to rid the world of stunting.

24 Nov 2015 description
report The Guardian

On 7 November, the World Health Organisation declared that Sierra Leone is officially Ebola-free for the first time in over a year. We are inclined to celebrate this by urging people not to celebrate too much.

05 Nov 2015 description
report The Guardian

In Magazine Wharf, one of Freetown’s largest slums, rivers of stinking mud and debris tumble from the central market, down a steep hill crammed with precarious wood- and tin-built dwellings. The homes continue all the way down to the sea, where there is a small fishing port.

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04 Nov 2015 description
report The Guardian

With Ebola in retreat, Sierra Leoneans yearn for a return to normality. But for the burial teams tasked with upholding public safety, life remains far from normal

Nadene Ghouri in Freetown

Samura Osman, a former soldier, died at home from an unspecified illness. He was 35. Osman’s corpse – a potential public health risk following the Ebola outbreak – lies swaddled and zipped in a body bag, awaiting safe burial by a team of trained volunteers equipped with masks and protective clothing.

27 Oct 2015 description
report The Guardian

The young people left in charge of children in Sierra Leone are struggling to provide food for their siblings let alone pay for their schooling or find a job

Going without food for two or three days is “like being in hell”, says Dauda Fullah, 25, who has been left to look after eight children and young adults since his parents died of Ebola.

30 Sep 2015 description
report The Guardian

Thousands died in west Africa, but the biggest victim could be the ineffectual World Health Organisation, which acted far too slowly to contain the outbreak

Sarah Boseley in Freetown

Smiles and banter have returned to Sierra Leone. On its neglected, but beautiful, white sand beaches, boys are playing football again with a new energy. The ban on public gatherings has been lifted. Ebola is a bad memory.

03 Aug 2015 description
report The Guardian

Traumatised and stigmatised, Ebola aid workers have been left to cope alone but now help is at hand with counselling and efforts to reintegrate them into society

Fatimatu was dead. Mohamed Conte, a member of the Red Cross Ebola burial team, had lowered her corpse into the ground. But when he returned to the van to take off his protective clothing, she stood defiantly in front of him, an apparition.

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11 Jun 2015 description
report The Guardian

More people diagnosed with deadly virus in Sierra Leone and Guinea weeks after WHO reports 10-month low in new infections

A rise in Ebola cases on the border of Sierra Leone and Guinea has sparked fears that efforts to rid the countries of the deadly virus are “back to square one”.

The spike in infections comes weeks after the World Health Organisation reported a 10-month low, with just nine cases in both countries in the week ending 10 May.

12 May 2015 description
report The Guardian

There were no drugs to treat Ebola in the outbreak that devastated three west African countries, other diseases of the poor are neglected and the pipeline of new antibiotics has dried up. Experts are calling for a $10 billion fund to pay for research and development ahead of the World Health Assembly in Geneva next week.

08 Apr 2015 description
report The Guardian

Ebola is far from over, but funding is slowing to hard-hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Long before international aid arrived, and long after international aid workers leave, community organisations and local volunteers will be grappling with the disease and its effects. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, women have been disproportionately affected by Ebola, and many of those on the frontline in the fight against it are women’s organisations, and individual women.

07 Apr 2015 description
report The Guardian

African Union says media downplayed Africans’ willingness and ability to deal with Ebola and focused instead on part played by international agencies

Africa’s efforts to tackle the Ebola crisis have been largely overlooked even though Africans have taken the lead in providing frontline staff and shown themselves “better placed to fight infectious diseases in their continent than outsiders”, according to the African Union (AU).

03 Mar 2015 description
report The Guardian

Foreign leaders discussing solutions to the Ebola epidemic must acknowledge the contribution made by local workers to reduce infection rates

It’s almost a year since I first heard reports of mysterious infections and deaths from Kailahun, a district on Sierra Leone’s eastern border with Guinea and Liberia. Back in those first weeks, as we realised we were dealing with Ebola – an unknown challenge for Sierra Leone – the message heard in those isolated, scared and sceptical communities was that “Ebola is real”.

03 Mar 2015 description
report The Guardian

Only by turning our response to Ebola upside down can another epidemic be avoided: communities need to be front and centre to eradicate this disease.

Today in Brussels African political leaders and experts will meet to discuss how west Africa should be supported to respond to the Ebola catastrophe that has killed nearly 10,000 people.

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