As one of the three countries t affected by Ebola in West Africa, one of the challenges Sierra Leone faces in addressing the Ebola epidemic is overcoming the stigma and fear attached to survivors of the disease. Ever so often we hear stories of survivors being ostracized by their families and communities due to ignorance and for fear of Ebola.
In October 2014, I joined fellow members of the Sierra Leone Business Hub; an association of female entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone, to visit survivors of the Ebola in Hastings, alongside Dr Kandeh Yumkellah, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and CEO of the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative; and David Nabarro the United Nations Special Envoy on Ebola. The aim of the visit was to show our solidarity to survivors of Ebola and make a presentation of care necessities.
As we continue the fight for the eradication of Ebola from Sierra Leone and West Africa, I urge everyone to contribute in whatever way the can, regardless of how little you have to offer. Sometimes very little can go a long way in making someone's someones life better.
Dr Kandeh Yumkellah, United Nations Under-Secretary-General
David Nabarro the United Nations Special Envoy on Ebola
A small section of the amazing doctors and nurses treating Ebola patients
Some members of the Sierra Leone Business Women's Hub
Dr Kandeh Yumkellah and David Nabarro
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.