Global Ebola relief effort not reaching rural communities

Despite millions pouring into Ebola relief effort, not even a trickle has reached many of the community holding centers for Ebola patients.


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Unprecedented levels of donation to support Ebola-struck Sierra Leone are bypassing many of the places where funding is urgently needed, claim two UK-based experts.

The independent experts, Dutch sustainability scientist, Dr Robert Verkerk, and Sierra Leonean crisis management expert, Mr Morris Marah, have just returned from a one-week capacity assessment mission requested by the Ministry of Information and Communications, Sierra Leone.

Dr Verkerk and Mr Marah were invited by Sierra Leone's Minister of Information and Communications, Hon Alpha Kanu, to assess capacity and requirements for the fight against Ebola in the Port Loko district.

The district, for which Mr Kanu also acts as Member of Parliament, is one of the hardest hit outbreak areas in the country.

Last week saw a decline in numbers of reported Ebola cases in the Port Loko district from the peak in October. The availability of funds to rapidly build and resource 20 holding and community centres in the district is critical to Mr Kanu's ambitious bid to oust Ebola from the district by the end of the year.


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