Beginning in 2014, west Africa was the scene of largest Ebola outbreak in history, with some 29,000 cases and 11,300 deaths reported. Many more cases were suspected. Sierra Leone was one of the countries most severely affected, with an estimated 13,000 cases.
In response, Humanity and Inclusion deployed a team of 250 ambulance and decontamination staff in Sierra Leone, who transported more than 3,700 patients showing symptoms of Ebola to treatment centers and disinfected nearly 1,800 homes. Operating in the country’s Western district, which includes the capital of Freetown, the project managed a fleet of 30 ambulances and 15 decontamination vehicles.
On November 7th, 2016 Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free.
Since the end of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, HI shifted its attention to rehabilitation and support for Ebola survivors and other people with disabilities.
Meet Handicap International's Ebola Warriors in Sierra Leone who helped bring the Ebola outbreak to an end in that country. In fighting Ebola, our staff worked under harsh conditions and put themselves at risk to prevent people in Sierra Leone—and around the world—from getting sick. They remain on call today in case Ebola returns. Please let them know you’re grateful for their hard work and dedication. Write a message of thanks and words of encouragement below. In the coming weeks, we will deliver your messages to them in Sierra Leone.Send my message
Mike Denny is a nurse and Infection Prevention & Control specialist from Gallup, New Mexico, U.S. He served as the Infection Prevention & Control Manager for the Ambulance project in Sierra Leone from June to November, 2015. This was his first mission for Handicap International.Read more