Emergency Intervention to Manage Ebola Virus Disease Cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Emergency Intervention to Manage Ebola Virus Disease Cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia

International donor's contribution was crucial in putting the spread of Ebola virus under control and saving lives of may people in the region.

Elsa von Bergen, ECHO officer on ground

CONTEXT

Ebola virus outbreak put the already fragile healthcare systems in West Africa under great strain. International donors' assistance helped to understand how the virus spread, control it and ultimately eradicate it.

OBJECTIVES

  • Control and eradicate EVD.
  • Heal as many people as possible.

RESULTS

  • Sierra Leone and Liberia Ebola virus disease free.
  • Knowledge on EVD vastly improved.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Country virus free within 9 months.

TESTIMONY

Testimony of nurse working with EVD

In the beggining we had no idea how Ebola virus disease spread. We needed to isolate the infected people to prevent the spread of EDV. We needed to educate people to ensure that the infected patients would come to hospital and the bodies of victims would be buried witd dignity. We prevailed, but it came at a high cost.