Heavy rains in Freetown, Sierra Leone, caused mudslides that killed nearly 500 people and displaced thousands. Approximately 600 people are still unaccounted for. Concern’s distribution teams have been activated and are delivering essential supplies to some of the most affected communities.
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Heavy rains have caused flash floods and mudslides in several parts of Freetown, Sierra Leone with hundreds dead and many more homeless.
Since 2012, Concern and Irish Aid have been working together on a five-year programme to create sustainable improvements in the lives of 1.3 million people in the world’s poorest countries.
Last month, we ended our work at two graveyards that played a sad but crucial role in Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola. But how can people move on after years of pain?
Being a girl in Sierra Leone comes with enormous insecurity and risks. With one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world, the most significant challenge facing girls is the barrier to education if they become pregnant. Concern’s National Education Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Amy Folan, looks at the issues around this, and advocates for stronger policies to protect the right to education for all girls — pregnant or not.
Last Saturday, 7 November, marked 42 days since the last reported case of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone – twice the maximum incubation period. According to the World Health Organisation, this means that the outbreak has officially ended. Concern Worldwide’s Sheena McCann played a crucial, if unlikely, role in stopping the virus. I met her on a recent trip to the country.
Concern Worldwide’s safe and dignified-burials programme in Sierra Leone won second place in the EU Health Awards. The award was given to organisations that “distinguished themselves through their efforts and commitments during the Ebola emergency” and have “carried out high quality and effective initiatives”.
As the death toll rises in west Africa, we're tackling the immediate effects of the Ebola crisis while also highlighting the quieter impact of the tragedy in people’s day-to-day lives.