Ebola Appeal Update - 11 January 2015

In Sierra Leone, the Ebola epidemic remains most concentrated in three districts: Bombali, Port Loko and the Western Area, which includes Freetown and Waterloo.

As many of you will know. CODEP does not solely operate in Waterloo. we also have links in Port Loko where we have provided books for 53 school libraries. We have all been acutely aware of this over the past few months, but we have had to focus our efforts on Waterloo. However on 5 January 2015, Rosetta was able to organise an Ebola Education Forum in Masiaka, which is part of the Port Loko district.

This was important to us for two reasons. As well as meaning we could reestablish links with Port Loko, we had been told that Masiaka was part what has been termed the “porous border” through which people have been passing to travel to Waterloo and Freetown.

The forum took the usual form of both reminding people how best they can help stop the spread of the Ebola virus as well as stressing the importance of welcoming survivors back into the community.

And of course, we have not forgotten the Ebola orphans. We continue to provide regular support and aid, and will continue to do so for as long as we can. You can see here, how happy there are to see the tractor!

Finally, this week we note some good news. In the Observer on 11 January 2015, it was reported that the Pujehun district in Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola-free, the first to be given the all-clear after 42 days with zero recorded cases of the virus. Pujehun, in the south-east of the country, was hit by Ebola in August and suffered 24 deaths from 31 cases – but it has not had a recorded case since 26 November. This means it has achieved the World Health Organisation’s benchmark for Ebola-free status.

Whilst the same articles notes that Freetown and other parts of the west and north, including Port Loko and Bombali, are still seeing relatively large infection numbers, perhaps, just perhaps, there is now a light at the end of a particularly grim tunnel.

The CODEP Team

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