- 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
A national emergency was declared in Sierra Leone after heavy flooding caused devastating mud slides on the edge of the city’s capital Freetown on Monday morning [14 August]. Hundreds are feared dead, thousands are still missing and many more have been left homeless and in urgent need of food, shelter and protection.
Some of the UK’s leading aid agencies’ prevention work, such as safe burials and awareness raising, in response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone is “impressive” but must continue to adapt to the changing situation in West Africa, an independent review of the DEC response said today.
The Ebola crisis appeal response review conducted in March 2015 by the Institute of Development Studies for the DEC found that member agencies utilised their existing networks and relationships in Sierra Leone to scale up programmes after the Ebola crisis appeal launched in October 2014.
Member agencies of the Disasters Emergency Committee have reached over 8 million people in the fight to tackle the devastating Ebola crisis in west Africa.
Over half a million people have received practical support and 7.5 million people have received vital public health information to keep themselves safe and stop the spread of the disease.
DEC member agencies and their partners have supported over 415,000 people in their homes or health clinics with water, sanitation and hygiene services or supplies.
More than 35,000 local volunteers are helping Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) members to provide support and information to Ebola-affected communities in West Africa to stop the spread of the disease.
A staggering £12 million has now been raised for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal to help people affected by the devastating Ebola crisis in west Africa through web and phone donations, and UK government support, the organisation said today.
This total has been raised after 6 days of an appeal for an unprecedented outbreak. The DEC said they are “extremely pleased” to see how “sustained” the level of giving has been by the British public.
Saleh Saeed, Chief Executive of the DEC, said:
Faith leaders across West Africa are using their unique position of influence within communities to speak out and help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund and World Vision are working through established religious networks across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to educate communities about the symptoms of Ebola, offer support to people affected by the outbreak and ensure survivors are not stigmatised when they return home.
Children are being orphaned, stigmatised and discriminated against as a result of the deadly Ebola virus. At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to the disease and many of these children have nowhere to go as extended families are refusing to care for them.
Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) member agencies are scaling up their aid efforts in West Africa where they have already helped over 2.5 million people affected by the Ebola crisis.
The urgent appeal for funds is essential to help member agencies intensify their efforts to stop the explosive spread of the disease and support those affected.
DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said:
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has announced today that it will launch an appeal for the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. This is the first time in its 50 year history that the DEC has appealed in response to a disease outbreak.
Appeals will be made by all the main UK broadcasters on Thursday but donations are already being taken by the DEC online at www.dec.org.uk and via its 24 donation hotline 0370 60 60 900.
The Disasters Emergency Committee has announced that it will launch an appeal for the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. This is the first time in its 50 year history that the DEC has appealed in response to a disease outbreak.
The DEC statement on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the deadliest ever seen. To date 7,178 people have been reported as likely to have been infected and 3,338 people have died (UN 02.10.14). Widespread and intense transmission is taking place in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The number of cases is doubling roughly every three weeks.