We have now completed the training for 200 Ebola emergency outreach interns. Working in 100 two-person teams (one young woman and one young man), these Sierra Leonean Outreach Interns have now been dispatched to communities across 4 districts (Bo, Tonkolili, Pujahun and Kono) where Ebola has had a significant impact. Our interns are already working to empower communities to protect themselves against the spread of Ebola and will be leading this community education to reach over 360,000 people in the months to come.
In the first few days of their work, our outreach interns have faced the challenge of Ebola head-on. They have arrived in many communities, all grappling with Ebola in different ways. Some haven't received any Ebola training or treatment to date, in some health workers have been subject to violence, and in many significant numbers of people have died. Working closely with Paramount Chiefs and traditional leaders to support their work, our outreach interns are approaching these challenges with a resolute determination to empower communities and Sierra Leoneans to protect themselves from Ebola.