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Oct 2014 – Dec 2014

Breaking the transmission of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Liberia & Sierra Leone

Country

Liberia & Sierra Leone – Africa

To support the global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

$4,600,000 Multi-Year Grant Value

The programme supported the British Red Cross's Ebola work in Sierra Leone to help deal safely with those who have tragically died, to track people who have been in contact with those infected and to raise awareness in vulnerable communities in West Africa about protecting themselves, as well as ensuring that those undertaking the work are trained and protected.

Our support was aiming for household-level impact through two grants. 

  • Grant One (Sierra Leone & Liberia): Funding for the procurement of protective equipment (27,810 pairs of gloves, 13,500 protective gowns, 48,600 hooded coveralls, 48,600 scrub suits and hoods, 48,600 face masks, 3,600 goggles, 1,800 heavy duty aprons, 3,600 chemical protection gloves); 2,500 body bags; burial equipment for 15 dead body management teams; disinfection resources (5,800 5kg barrels of chlorine granules); two ambulances and two Toyota Land Cruisers. 
  • Grant Two (Sierra Leone): Funding for procurement of protective equipment (55,620 pairs of gloves, 27,000 protective gowns, 97,200 hooded coveralls, 97,200 scrub suits and hoods, 97,200 face masks for clinical and burial teams, 3,600 goggles, 1,800 heavy duty aprons, 3,600 chemical protection gloves); 4,500 body bags; burial equipment for 50 dead body management teams; disinfection resources (24,300 5kg barrels of chlorine granules); six ambulances and six Toyota Land Cruisers; contribution to air freight costs for equipment and vehicles.

Impact

Over the life of this grant, our funding contributed to the following in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

In Liberia & across the region:
  • Households related to cases disinfected to prevent Ebola spreading
  • 4 logistics experts deployed
  • 1,300 volunteers for the Liberia National Red Cross Society trained
  • 1,500 quarantined households received survival kits
  • 2,519 bodies collected for safe burial or cremation
  • 7,386 individuals traced who were potentially in contact with the virus
  • 1,228,097 people reached by social mobilisation activities
In Sierra Leone:
  • 4 doctors deployed to Ebola treatment centres in Kenema
  • 54 safe & dignified burial teams trained and equipped
  • 4,405 houses and public facilities disinfected
  • More than 7 million SMS messages on Ebola sent across the country