The Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone continues to reach unprecedented levels of infection, having now spread to almost all parts of the country, meaning the situation is becoming ever more urgent.
The Government of Sierra Leone and other key agencies are requesting immediate and large-scale awareness-raising nationally. Restless Development, with our network of alumni and long-term presence in some of the nation’s most remote communities, is one of the best placed organisations to respond.
Two weeks ago we texted more than 300 ex-volunteers asking them to become part of Restless Development’s mass mobilisation and awareness-raising campaign. Within 3 days we had 200 young people ready to go, while our team worked with partners and the government’s District Health Medical Teams to get everything ready.
On 15th September, pairs of Restless Development Ebola Outreach Interns, will cycle, motor and walk to communities across four districts, briefing community and religious leaders and conducting door to door awareness-raising, training on possible cases of Ebola, and identifying children left stigmatised and often abandoned after parents have died from the virus.
Over the next two months, the Restless team is expected to reach up to half a million people with direct messages across thousands of villages and towns. It is only through the identification, treatment and referral of all existing Ebola cases that this outbreak will be overcome, and Restless is proud to be playing a lead role in facilitating the young people of Sierra Leone in achieving this.