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    Posted December 16, 2014 by
    WorldVision1
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    Freetown, Sierra Leone
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    On the front lines of Ebola

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    Photos, video give inside look at the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Sarah Wilson of World Vision was on the front lines of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone on December 11. She visited the country’s capital Moyamba, and the nation’s second largest city Bo, where she photographed ambulances being decontaminated, checkpoints sprouting up between cities, and signs warning people of the infectious disease. Wilson, a communications specialist for World Vision’s Ebola Response team, says she is in the country to help explain the crisis and the work she and others are doing to contain it. “It is a lot less frightening up close than it seems from far away. The response is increasingly well organized, with communities working together with outside agencies and local authorities,” she said.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    These photos and videos show the command centers, ambulances and safe burial sites, some of the logistical frontlines in diagnosing, treating and preventing Ebola in Sierra Leone. The disease has killed thousands throughout West Africa.
    In the early stages of the outbreak, there were not enough staff to answer calls to the Sierra Leone national hotline number, 117. Even when calls were answered, there were not enough vehicles or trained people to man them and respond. This meant that when people died of Ebola, it could take days for the burial teams to arrive and in that time there was a very high risk of other family members being infected.
    Working closely with the Sierra Leone army and the National Ebola Response Centre, World Vision and other aid organizations are working to ensure that a much more robust system is in place to 1) bury the dead safely and with dignity, 2) get people who are showing signs of the disease to holding centers for testing, 3) get people who test positive to treatment centers as quickly as possible to give them the best chance of recovery.
    World Vision is managing burial teams and coordinating the command and control centers in several areas. The aid organization will also begin assisting in the management of ambulances used for taking people to holding centers and treatment centers as well.
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