As we wave goodbye to a year that has seen tragedy and terror, it’s worth reminding ourselves that for every awful global event, there have been many acts, on a small and large scale, that remind us of the power and generosity of the human spirit
On Saturday 7 November the World Health Organisation declared - after 42 days with no new reported cases – Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak is over.
Relief that the 17-month ordeal had finished was reflected in candlelit prayers and unprompted revelries. However, Ebola’s impact on the country far from ends with this milestone.
Ebola has claimed nearly 5000 lives across West Africa, with Sierra Leone being one of the worst-hit countries. Here, Kaday Mansaray Sibanda, VSO South Africa Regional Director, recounts a defiant march representative of the way that active citizens across borders are are trying to show their support for the communities affected by Ebola.
I came home to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from Sierra Leone at the end of July and have been following events unfolding there around the outbreak of Ebola closely. As a qualified nurse and nursing trainer, the 7 months I spent in Sierra Leone as a VSO volunteer doing frontline training with public health-workers were unforgettable and it is heartbreaking to see the progress we were making risk being undone.
The second part of an blog following VSO UK Director Angela Salt’s recent programme visit to Sierra Leone where she met VSO volunteers, partners and staff to review our work in Salone.
VSO’s UK Director Angela Salt recently went on a programme visit to Sierra Leone where she met VSO volunteers, partners and staff to discover more about our work in Salone. She also had a chance to experience this unique country first-hand, and got to spend time with the wonderful people who live in Sierra Leone. Angela also got a few moments to write some blog posts to share with you.