West Africa saw one of the deadliest outbreak of Ebola since its discovery in 1976. The epidemic was centred in the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, with minor outbreaks elsewhere. It has caused significant mortality, with reported case fatality rates of up to 70% and specifically 57–59% among hospitalized patients.
Ebola virus disease was first described in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of the Congo; this is the first Ebola outbreak to occur in the West African subcontinent.
The outbreak in Sierra Leone in June/July 2014 claimed many lives including that of Mrs Memunata Sankoh, a key local volunteer and the back bone of the community in Yonibana. She will be sadly missed for all her love and many years of dedicated hard work.
The Ebola Outbreak meant our medical camps were halted and our support was diverted to helping to prevent the spread of the deadly disease in our area. We started the distribution of food to feed the quarantined families and local volunteers. Each volunteer was equipped with suits, masks, gloves and basic medicines.
Our Outreach program concentrated on preventative measures towards Ebola.
Since August 2014, regular supplies of food, preventative equipment and basic medicines were distributed in Yonibana and surrounding villages to quarantined households and our volunteers.
Typical food supplies consisted of:- Rice 50kg bags, Salt 25kg bags, Sugar 50kg bags, Cooking Oil 5litre Cans, Maggi Cubes (Oxo) Packets, Plastic Bags (various sizes) for packing Rice/Sugar/Salt.
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