University of Cambridge scientist is helping the efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in Makeni

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Ian Goodfellow, Professor of Virology, from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Pathology, is part of the team of volunteers coordinated by Public Health England (PHE) to assist in the construction and running of the laboratory in Makeni, 120 miles to the north-east of the capital, Freetown. The laboratory is one of three being built in the country under the supervision of the UK ... continue reading ...

Paul Currion* on the Long Term Effects of the Ebola Crisis

On 2 December, the World Bank issued a report revising growth projections for countries affected by Ebola, with both Sierra Leone and Guinea moving into the negative in 2015.

Across the three countries suffering the brunt of the epidemic, lost income in 2014-15 is estimated to be more than US $2 billion. Financial projections aren’t always reliable – the World Bank updates its predictions ... continue reading ...

Good News at last – Ebola is coming under control in Makeni.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Makeni, Fr Joe Turay, writes today: “The situation in our country has improved drastically and we are now talking about the reopening of schools and colleges. As of yesterday there were only nineteen cases of infection reported throughout the country. Bombali district, of which Makeni is the headquarter town, has reported zero or two cases for the past month. In our view we have passed the peak moments and it could be time to help in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of lives and properties.” . . See the Government of Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation: EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE – SITUATION REPORT – 13 JANUARY, 2015

A very generous parish

In their Christmas crib offerings the very generous parishioners of St Wilfrid and Mother of God church, Sheffield, gave £2,305 to help the people of Makeni cope with the difficult Ebola crisis. Through many different activities this parish has given enthusiastic support to developments in Makeni for over six years.

New UK Ebola centres and labs in Sierra Leone

Britain’s Royal Engineers have now completed final building works on a further 5 Ebola treatment centres and handed them over to the charities that will run them, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced at the start of a 2 day visit to Sierra Leone.

Her announcement came during a visit to mark the opening of the Port Loko treatment centre, run by the NGO GOAL, which will ... continue reading ...

A Christmas Message from Loreto Clinic

LoretoDear Friends, with this Little Girl who represents many Survivors of Ebola , we say thank you for your timely help, support and prayers.We do not have many words to say, but we say a prayer every time we see all what you have done for us.
We will be closing the Clinic on the 23rd after the work and will reopen on the 29th and will close for New Year again.As you heard in the BBC and all ... continue reading ...