Despite Aid Push, Ebola Is Raging in Sierra Leone

 Health workers outside the high-risk area at the Hastings Ebola treatment unit in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times
Health workers outside the high-risk area at the Hastings Ebola treatment unit in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

While health officials say they are making headway against the Ebola epidemic in neighboring Liberia, the disease is still raging in Sierra Leone, despite the big international push. In November alone, the World Health Organization has reported more than 1,800 new cases in this country, about three times as many as in Liberia, which until recently had been the center of the outbreak…

Discouraged, scared and furious, Sierra Leoneans are taking matters into their own hands. Laid-off teachers (all schools in this country are closed) race around on motorbikes, monitoring the sick. In some villages, informal isolation centers are popping up, with citizens quarantining one another, an incredibly dangerous ad hoc solution being performed without appropriate protection. (United Nations officials say this country is still short hundreds of thousands of protective suits.)…

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Pack and Ship Event Will Assist Local and Global Communities

Rutgers community members will be collecting items to assist families locally and globally, from New Brunswick, New Jersey to Haiti and West African (Sierra Leone and Liberia). This is part of an ongoing community awareness project by Africana Studies students working with the G.O.Y.A. Project at Rutgers and the Rutgers Black Student Union.

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Our first shipment to Sierra Leone will assist the Wellbody Alliance (www.wellbodyalliance.org)
Our first shipment to Sierra Leone will assist the Wellbody Alliance (www.wellbodyalliance.org).

[Full list is –> Wellbody wish list for Ebola support]

Their first shipment to Sierra Leone will assist the Wellbody Alliance (www.wellbodyalliance.org) whose co-founder, Dr. Mohamed Bailor Barrie, is known to us via our local medical advisor, Dr. Mafudia Suaray (www.africanhealthnetwork.com).

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How the Speed of Response Defined the Ebola Crisis

NOV. 3, 2014-. As the Ebola crisis unfolded in West Africa over the spring and summer, public health experts began calling for speedy international intervention to stop the spread of the disease. The New York Times ()  developed an interactive model based on  C.D.C. data from Liberia and Sierra Leone to examine the impact of earlier or later intervention.

Looking at the impact based on a July intervention
Looking at the impact based on a July intervention

 

Looking at the impact based on an August intervention
Looking at the impact based on an August intervention

Large-scale intervention did not begin until late August and early September, and  C.D.C. models suggests that by then it was too late to stop the epidemic from killing tens of thousands of people — and perhaps many more — by the end of the year. Had successful interventions been started much earlier, the total number of cases would have remained below 5,000.

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