Sierra Leone

What next for Sierra Leone?

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: Sierra Leoneans march for hope, not helplessness

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.

Local frontline health workers need personal protective equipment now to tackle 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.

Six days in Sierra Leone

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.