Sierra Leone

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IsraAID is joining the fight against the long-term effects of Ebola. The organization is providing training on trauma and stress management for hundreds of government and non-profit service providers to stop Ebola from tearing communities apart, and combat stigma vis-a-vis survivors

Less than 15 years after Sierra Leone was devastated by a civil war that killed over 50,000 people, the country is now trying to recover from the world's worst Ebola outbreak, together with neighboring Liberia and Guinea. 

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Statistics

Population
6.092 million
Life Expectancy
45
National Poverty Rate
60%
Population under 14
43%
Youth Unemployment
70%
Human Development Rank
183 (out of 187)
1st confirmed Ebola Deaths in 2014
26th of May 2014
Total Ebola Cases
3,252 (15/10/2014)
Deaths by Ebola
1,183 (15/10/2014)

IsraAID and Sierra Leone

In September 2014, following discussions and coordination with national and international partners, including the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Ms. Sia Nyama Koroma, IsraAID officially launched its Psycho-Social Support (PSS) training program to help Ebola victims and their families in West Africa.

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Fighting Fear & Healing after Ebola

Psycho-Social training for service providers and affected communities

One of the fundamental challenges of the Ebola outbreak is the stigmatization of the disease, and the discrimination faced by the families of victims, and survivors themselves. The Ebola outbreak is putting enormous strain on the general population, as fear and stress are fomenting unrest and mistrust. Long-term risks of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and secondary trauma for health workers are also becoming serious concerns as the disease continues to spread across West Africa.

Partnering with the office of the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Ms. Sia Nyama Koroma, and the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, IsraAID is helping lead the first national task force aiming to integrate psycho-social support into health programs and train health workers, social workers, security forces, service providers and the general population. During 2014-15, IsraAID will send over 30 experts in PTSD prevention and stress management to West Africa. There they will conduct intensive training for local social workers and health workers as well as other service providers to equip them with practical tools in stress management and trauma prevention techniques. The program will be based on IsraAID's world-renown holistic approach developed and implemented after disasters in Haiti, Japan, South Sudan, Jordan, and other countries around the world.

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Goals

  • Train national and international service providers (healthcare workers, social workers, officials, community leaders, and security forces) on trauma coping mechanisms and stress management.
  • Provide self-care tools to these same professionals to minimize risk of secondary trauma
  • Minimize stress and fear for the general population of Sierra Leone
  • Reduce discrimination for affected communities and the families of infected individuals
  • Increase the access to grief care for families that have lost a member to Ebola

Achievements

  • Sent two professional teams to Sierra Leone
  • Created a national task force with the First Lady of Sierra Leone and national ministries
  • Conducted pilot training workshops for call center operators, social workers, and other government and non-profit staff