Sierra Leone

WHAT IS TEARFUND IRELAND DOING? – HOW ARE WE RESPONDING?

The Ebola epidemic during 2014 was the largest ever recorded. Tearfund Ireland’s response focused on the hardest hit countries: Liberia and Sierra Leone.


KEY OUTCOMES – SIERRA LEONE

  • 24,111 people received Ebola-related messages aired on several radio stations in various local languages.
  • 100 counsellors were trained to provide psychosocial and counselling to Ebola-affected people.
  • 250 orphans and 240 quarantined households were supported.
  • A moratorium on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) was put in place after faith-based community leaders openly spoke out and successfully campaigned against harmful cultural practices which fuel the spread of the Ebola virus.

KEY OUTCOMES – LIBERIA

  • 75,000 were reached with Ebola prevention messages through radio broadcasts.
  • 172 survivors and 240 affected households received food items. 415 survivors and dependents received clothing and 1,235 individuals from 254 hard-to-reach households received hygiene kits.
  • 50 Ebola orphans received care and support in December 2014 and January 2015. Disinfectant materials, food items and regular medical check-ups were some of the essentials provided.
  • 77 stigmatised Ebola survivors have benefited from resettlement packages.

 

UPDATE 2016/17

In Sierra Leone alone, it is estimated that the Ebola crisis left 12,000 orphans. In response, our partner there has trained caregivers in entrepreneurship to support orphans and psychosocial counselling to support pastors.