Activities 2015 International Activity Report
There were new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone during 2015, but the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on 7 November.
MSF continued its Ebola response, and the 100-bed Prince of Wales School Ebola treatment centre in Freetown provided medical care and psychological support for Ebola patients until February. Of the 400 patients admitted, 170 were confirmed as having the virus. The team performed triage, isolated and tested patients, and ran health promotion activities.
A specialised unit was opened in Freetown in January to care for pregnant women suffering from Ebola, and for their babies, who are particularly vulnerable to the disease. At the peak of the epidemic, mortality rates for pregnant women reached as high as 90 per cent. Later in the year, the team also began seeing patients who were not pregnant but required medical attention, such as children.
Many Ebola survivors are reporting eye and joint problems, as well as anxiety and depression. In February, MSF opened a survivor clinic in Freetown, where the team provided medical and psychological support, referred patients as necessary and ensured free access to ophthalmic care at the Kissy eye hospital. In July, MSF began providing survivor support in Tonkolili district through mobile clinics, and also started running mobile clinics in Kailahun district in December that offered medical consultations and referrals to mobile eye care clinics managed by Partners in Health for specialised care.
In addition, until the end of May MSF surveillance teams supported the Ministry of Health following up on Ebola alerts and accompanied decontamination outreach teams who worked in the slum areas of Freetown. Their activities played an essential role in infection control. The homes of people suspected of having Ebola were disinfected, hygiene items such as soap and chlorine were distributed, and health promotion messages were shared. MSF also provided personal protective gear such as goggles, surgical masks, gowns and gloves to healthcare workers.
Year MSF first worked in the country: 1986.
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