Ebola is more than just a medical issue; it’s fast becoming a humanitarian tragedy. As the crisis intensifies, a humane and varied response is required.
‘The medical response to the Ebola crisis will only work if we respond holistically to all elements of the outbreak,’ said Jeanne Kamara, our Country Manager for Sierra Leone.
We are faced with the worst-ever outbreak of the deadly disease, bringing Sierra Leone to its knees, along with neighbouring Liberia and Guinea. We are responding to enormous challenges.
Hunger and food access
Quarantine is vital as part of the health response to prevent Ebola transmission. But ineffective quarantine undermines people’s basic human rights. Without access to food, people risk starvation.
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Jeanne continues: ‘There are reports of quarantined homes falling through the cracks, people going without food for weeks, tensions and violence within angry, hungry communities. People are being driven to break out of their houses and go in search of food’.
We have distributed emergency food and hygiene kits to vulnerable households in two of the worst-affected districts and continue to work with partners to prevent the spread of Ebola.
Please help us extend our reach and stop the spread of this deadly disease by donating to our Ebola Crisis Appeal.
Getting the message out
Healthcare services are at breaking point and poor messaging is widespread. Community and faith-based leaders therefore play a vital role.
They are best placed to identify ways to stop the virus spreading in their communities, providing clear and accurate messaging that will help prevent the spread of Ebola.
With most public gatherings banned across the affected countries, places of worship are one of the few locations where people can receive vital information about the Ebola outbreak.
So far our partners have reached 1.2 million people through vital life-saving radio messages and we are working through religious networks to educate communities on the symptoms of Ebola.
Please help us reach the vulnerable
Survivors – stigmatised and rejected
It’s of course positive news when a person survives Ebola. But it doesn’t end there.
Ebola survivors are often stigmatised and face rejection from family and friends. They risk unemployment, homelessness and destruction of their belongings.
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