2014's Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest to date, and the first outbreak ever in West Africa. The epidemic in the region began in Guinea and then spread to the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. There were also outbreaks in Senegal, Nigeria, and Mali. As of 7 November 2015, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free, but only after the virus claimed nearly 4,000 lives.
The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society seeks to provide short and long-term assistance to those affected by Ebola through community engagement, safe and dignified burials, health and care, disaster risk reduction, food security and livelihood assistance, monitoring and contact tracing, case management, and strengthening the capacity of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society's to respond to the needs of the affected.
This project targets high-risk groups and opinion leaders, such as: women's groups and associations, bike riders and drivers, schools, religious and traditional healer leaders, health workers, and Ebola patients. Special attention is given to women, since they are particularly vulnerable.
Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken
Material relief assistance and services
Disaster Management Phase