In March 2014, the largest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease spread across West Africa. The worst-affected countries were Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
Ebola is much more than a medical issue; it affected the economy, education and healthcare systems and soon escalated into a humanitarian crisis.
- Worldwide, there have been 28,646 cases of Ebola virus disease.
- In total, 11,323 people died from the disease.
- 3,956 people died from Ebola in Sierra Leone.
We raised £37 million (together with the Disasters Emergency Committee).
What we achieved
Our immediate emergency response included:
- providing powdered chlorine to disinfect health centres
- training more than 9,000 health volunteers who reached 50,000 households across Sierra Leone with key advice to prevent Ebola transmission
- providing food and other essentials to those in quarantine.
As part of our vital recovery work, we’ve been:
- supporting local organisations in Sierra Leone to restore health units and improve water and sanitation facilities, particularly in rural areas
- helping Ebola survivors to rebuild their lives by providing livestock and veterinary services, seeds, farming tools and vocational training
- training faith leaders so they can offer counselling to their communities
- supporting orphans who've lost their parents to Ebola, offering psychological help and provision of essentials.