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Safe and dignified burials in Sierra Leone

Caoimhe Gaskin | 12 November 2014 | 0 Comments

In the world of infectious diseases, a lot of sadness hides behind acronyms. Recently, Concern became involved with one of the very saddest: “DBM”, or “dead body management.”

A member of a Concern medical burial team prepares for work. Credit: Concern Worldwide

Stopping the Ebola epidemic

In the western area of Sierra Leone, which includes the capital city of Freetown, it is estimated that up to 80 percent of Ebola transmissions are the result of contact with dead bodies. That means that the safe disposal of dead bodies is critical to breaking the cycle of transmission. 

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