Grant is closed

Apr 2015 – Sep 2015

Working with youth to break Ebola transmission in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone – Africa

To support and increase community identification of Ebola cases and the adoption of safe practices of suspected cases.

$870,181 Grant Value

Other funders

  • Comic Relief -

  • DFID -

  • UNFPA -

  • UNICEF -

  • BBC Media Action -

  • One Girl -

  • Vitol Foundation -

  • Amberstone Trust -

  • Age International -

  • UNDP

The aim was to reach zero new Ebola infections in Sierra Leone while maintaining demand for services related to sexual and reproductive health and livelihoods.

Our grant was intended to help train and support 1,780 young volunteer professionals and community leaders to work with communities to identify local priorities and establish community action plans to protect families from Ebola, ensure safe and dignified burials, encourage the use of health services, and create a supportive stigma-free environment for survivors, vulnerable people, and others affected by the disease.


Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free in early November 2015.

Over the life of this grant, our funding - along with support from other donors - contributed to the following activities in Sierra Leone.

  • 3,081 community mobilisers trained and supported
  • 1,896,923 community members directly reached
  • 3,000 deaths requiring safe burials identified
  • 9% increase in community reporting of safe burials
  • 23% increase in referrals of patients within 24 hours
  • 55% of rural communities reached across Sierra Leone on a regular basis