Sierra Leone ebola outbreak
In March 2014, a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola virus disease started in Guinea and spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. Intense tranmission of Ebola took place in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and these are therefore the three countries worst affected by the crisis. As of January 2015, there have been more than 21,600 cases of confirmed or suspected Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, resulting in over 8600 deaths. This outbreak is unprecedented in terms of its scale, severity and complexity. There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined according to the World Health Organisation. Fear and restrictions on movement are having a detrimental impact on markets, livelihoods and agriculture. If the spread of Ebola is not controlled, there is a high risk of a major food crisis in West Africa.
In August 2014, the Scottish Government announced a total donation of £500,000 to the World Health Organisation to fight the ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. As the outbreak worsened, the Scottish Government announced a donation of a further £300,000 worth of medical equipment including respirators and disposable aprons which were distributed to charities running the 6 UK Government funded clinics in Sierra Leone. Finally, in December 2014, the Scottish Government announced £200,000 worth of funding to be distributed amongst the members of the Disasters Emergency Committee to combat the virus bringing the total support to £1 million to those affected by the crisis.
Page updated: Monday, August 28, 2017