To Fight Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone II
Sierra Leone reported the first case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on May 25th and until the end of October 2014, 3,896 infections and 1,281 deaths had been registered. EVD has a fatality rate of up to 90% and no licensed treatment appropriate for infected humans is available. According to Sierra Leone's National Taks Force for EVD the lack of, amongst other:
a) culturally appropriate community awareness about EVD identification and protection,
b) effective surveillance and reporting of EVD-infected people by the communities,
c) sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and disinfectant (chlorine) as well as
d) safe and culturally appropriate burial practices
are causing serious risks for a continued spread of EVD.
This projects builds upon the ADA funded project "To Fight Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone" and seeks to contribute to the prevention and containment of EVD in Sierra Leone in 6 districts (Bo,Bonthe, Pujehun, Moyamba, Kono, Tonkolili), by aiming to achieve the following results:
1) 180 community health workers, 180 faith leaders and 2500 community stakeholders (such as traditional leaders, village chiefs, teachers or women group leaders) who are respected by their communities and thus have an enourmour outreach and impact on people's opinion and behaviour, are properly trained in delivering EVD sensitization messages on how to prevent and identify EVD and in conducting community surveillance for about 14.150 people in the 6 targeted districts.
2) 180 Nurses are trained to prevent, identify and treat EVD and apply PPEs and chlorine properly.
3) Ebola treatment and/or isolation centers are equipped with 150 PPEs and 20kg chlorine.
4) Dead EVD victims are properly buried by 24 trained burial teams.
5) EVD affected and stigmatized people receive psycho-social support.
The intervention thus aims to reach a total of 17.430 people (3.280 who are being trained and 14.150 members of the community) .