A special "Thank You!" to everyone who donated to IDEA on #GivingTuesday.
Their $2,950 in contributions was matched by #GivingTuesday partners for a total of $5,900.
These funds will be used to replenish medical supplies depleted by the Ebola epidemic, improve access to basic healthcare and life-saving surgery, and support education in Sierra Leone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Sierra Leone Ebola Free.
The last Ebola patient in Sierra Leone tested negative for the disease a second time 42 days ago; twice the 21-day incubation period. The country now begins a 90-day intensive surveillance period.
Since the epidemic began in March 2014, over 14,000 Sierra Leoneans contracted Ebola, of whom 3,955 died of the disease.
WHO cautions vigilance as 6 active cases of Ebola remain in the Forecariah District of Guinea, which borders Sierra Leone. The people who were in contact with these patients are being tracked to be sure they do not develop the disease.
Because all of Sierra Leone's medical resources were directed to dealing with this unprecedented emergency, treatment was not available for people suffering from other health issues. “During the Ebola outbreak, more people died from medical neglect than from Ebola itself,” said Dr. Darius Maggi of the West Africa Fistula Foundation.
Read the IDEA Newsletter Fall 2015 for an update on conditions in Sierra Leone.