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Faced with the spread of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone which began in spring 2014, Handicap International arranged the transportation of patients to screening and treatment centres. The organisation also worked to ensure that awareness raising messages reached the most vulnerable groups of people. 

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Faced with the spread of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone which began in spring 2014, Handicap International arranged the transportation of patients to screening and treatment centres. The organisation also worked to ensure that awareness raising messages reached the most vulnerable groups of people. 
Faced with the spread of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone which began in spring 2014, Handicap International arranged the transportation of patients to screening and treatment centres. The organisation also worked to ensure that awareness raising messages reached the most vulnerable groups of people. 

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When the Ebola epidemic hit Sierra Leone, Handicap International opted to maintain its presence in the country, so that it could continue to provide its expertise in emergency humanitarian operations and protection of the most vulnerable people. The organisation will continue to manage a fleet of ambulances covering the entire Freetown region (the country’s capital) until the crisis ends. These ambulances and their personnel apply a very strict decontamination protocol to prevent the virus from spreading. To protect other members of the household from contamination, teams equipped with spray guns accompany the ambulances on each trip and disinfect the rooms where sick people have been staying. At the height of the epidemic, more than 200 people were working on this project.

Since the fall in the rate of contamination, Handicap International has also been able to resume its activities in the areas of mother and child health and education. 

The organisation has been working in Sierra Leone since 1996. Our first projects were launched to support the victims of one of the most brutal wars in Africa’s recent history, which left thousands of child soldiers traumatised and around 20,000 people maimed as a result of attacks. Handicap International fits them with prosthetic limbs (artificial legs and arms) and offers psychological support.

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Background

The rapid spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone triggered a humanitarian crisis on a massive scale.

Since spring 2014, Sierra Leone has been one of the countries most badly affected by the Ebola epidemic. The virus has infected more than 13,000 people in Sierra Leone, of whom around 4,000 have died (source: World Health Organisation). Though the number of cases fell significantly in early 2015, the epidemic is still ongoing and humanitarian stakeholders are still deploying operations in this area. 

Despite its extensive natural resources and huge potential for agricultural development, Sierra Leone remains one of the world’s poorest countries. The people of Sierra Leone are attempting to rebuild their country following the devastation of a war that raged from 1991 to 2000, leaving thousands of people maimed by the loss of an arm or leg. The psychological suffering inflicted by such violence is still strikingly evident even today.

More than half the population live in extreme poverty, and the Ebola epidemic has further exacerbated this situation.

Key Figures Sierra Leone - Handicap International
Key Figures Sierra Leone - Handicap International
WHERE your support HELPS

Partners

  • Ambulance and decontamination platform for Ebola control

    • The National and Local Ebola response committees 
    • ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency)

    Supporting people in disabling situations and sex workers affected by the Ebola crisis

    • Women’s Development Sierra Leone  
    • Ministry for Education
    • Representatives of people with disabilities

    Protecting vulnerable populations during the Ebola crisis

    • International Rescue Committee
    • 5 other international NGOs (Action contre la Faim, GOAL, Save the Children, Plan, Concern)

    Awareness-raising on Ebola virus prevention 

    • Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs
    • Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • National organisations working with people with special needs: blind people, people with disabilities, children, sex workers, etc.

    Inclusive Education

    • PLAN Sierra Leone
    • International Rescue Committee
    • Forum for African Women Educationalists 
    • Pikin to Pikin Movement

    Inclusive education (APPEHL) 

    • Ministry of Education

    Mother and Child Health

    • The Ministry of Health, sector health management teams, sector government hospitals, peripheral health units, rehabilitation centres, and disabled people’s organisations.