|Project||Ebola “Recovery” Programme|
• Provide hygiene practices in schools to prevent Ebola Virus Transmission.
• Targeted schools are prepared to prevent Ebola infection
|Project Partners||Plan International Sierra Leone|
• Distribution of Hygiene Kits to 100 Schools • Installation of hand washing facilities in 100 schools • Awareness campaign in 100 schools for School Health Clubs on good hygiene practices for preventing Ebola • Construction of 20 wells and rehabilitation of 30 wells • Training of teachers and School Management Committees of safety protocols in 100 schools
|Locations||Western Area Rural District, Freetown|
|Period||August 2015 – December 2016|
• 100 hygiene kit sets have been procured and distributed to 100 schools • Hand washing stations have been procured and installed in 100 schools
From December 2013, West Africa suered the largest outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease recorded in history, a disease with often fatal consequences, causing widespread panic and fright. Responders had a tough time dealing with the overwhelming health crisis engulfng West Africa. The strict health codes required in addressing the outbreak and cultural beliefs which hampered with these health codes posed as a serious complication. Sierra Leone registered the highest number of cases and fatalities, at the peak of the outbreak registering 450 new cases a week. Epidemiologists had their hands full and any Third World country would be hard pressed to cope with such a deluge of cases in a deadly epidemic that had engulfed the region. With regional and state resources stretched to the limit, international advice and assistance was sought from developed countries and world health bodies to address the seriousness of the epidemic.
To prevent the possibility of infection, the education system paid a heavy price with over 1.8million children kept out of schools as all schools were closed.
This led to a severe disruption in children’s education as they were unable to sit for the national year-end examinations.Psychologically and emotionally, the children were also traumatised by the impact Ebola had on family and friends.