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Ebola: New outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo infects hundreds

Kevin Jenkinson | 22 November 2018 | 0 Comments

A simple hug can lead to potential death in the Democratic Republic of Congo – where a new outbreak of the Ebola virus has so far infected 341 people and killed 215.

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Topics: ebola outbreak, ebola virus, ebola, DRCongo, DRC, sierra leone, conflict, death, Africa

Your donations give the gift of water in a crisis

Clare Ahern | 12 August 2018 | 0 Comments

In August 2017, mudslides caused by heavy rain killed over 500 people in Freetown, Sierra Leone. More than 600 people were left unaccounted for and thousands were displaced from their homes. With your support, we were able to immediately activate our distribution teams to deliver essential items, including clean water, to some of the worst affected communities.

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Topics: sierra leone, emergency response, emergencies, wash, water, shelter, NFI kits

World Food Day: Good recipes for a healthy body from Sierra Leone

Clare Ahern | 16 October 2017 | 0 Comments

To combat hunger, communities in Sierra Leone are turning to the fruits of their forests to supplement their diets and ensure they are consuming a diverse range of nutritious foods. Here, we share their recipe for a nourishing local dish.

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Topics: sierra leone, world food day, nutrition, food, global hunger index, global hunger index 2017, hunger

Urban disasters: Preventing another tragedy in Freetown

Kai Matturi | 26 September 2017 | 5 Comments

In the first of our ‘Thought Leadership’ series, Kai Matturi, Concern’s Programme Knowledge and Learning Adviser, reflects on the devastating impact of climate change and how we can mitigate against it.

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Topics: thought leadership series, climate change, disaster risk reduction, resilience, sierra leone, bangladesh

Aid distributions underway for Sierra Leone mudslide victims

Kristin Myers | 30 August 2017 | 0 Comments

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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Topics: sierra leone, emergency, disaster

Concern responds to the aftermath of Sierra Leone mudslide

Maedhbh McDonald | 17 August 2017 | 3 Comments

Heavy rains have caused flash floods and mudslides in several parts of Freetown, Sierra Leone with hundreds dead and many more homeless.

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Topics: sierra leone, floods, emergency response

Success stories from the Concern and Irish Aid partnership

Maedhbh McDonald | 01 April 2016 | 0 Comments

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.

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Topics: education, sierra leone, malawi, afghanistan, irish aid, sudan

A matter of life and death: stories from the Ebola cemeteries

Craig Burnett | 31 March 2016 | 0 Comments

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?

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Topics: ebola, sierra leone

Shamed and blamed: protecting the rights of pregnant girls in Sierra Leone

Amy Folan | 25 November 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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Topics: sierra leone, gender based violence, 16 days of activism, gender equality, 16days, GBV

Sierra Leone: the long, hard road to Zero+42

Kieran McConville | 09 November 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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Topics: ebola, sierra leone

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