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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