Thousands of people have died from the outbreak of Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone.
Up to 90% of those infected with Ebola Virus die of the disease if they cannot access medical help.
Communities in eastern Sierra Leone are particularly vulnerable to the disease because of the lack of information or education on Ebola. Once infected, people are not seeking medical help, which in turn places more people at risk from the highly contagious disease. Rumours that health workers are actually causing the outbreak have made it difficult for humanitarian groups to access the most vulnerable people and prevent the spread of the disease.
International Medical Corps has been responding to the outbreak since Ebola crossed the border into Sierra Leone. In recent week we have opened two 50-bed Ebola Treatment Centres in the towns of Lunsar and Makeni, to help tackle the outbreak in some of the worst hit areas of Sierra Leone.
International Medical Corps will soon open a training centre in Lunsar in the coming weeks, thanks to support from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. The centre will provide high-quality training to other partners and NGOs. This will significantly expand the pool of health workers capable of managing and working in ETUs, and it will build the capacity and instill confidence in other organisations joining the fight and opening ETCs across Sierra Leone.