SIERRA LEONE / EBOLA FOOD AID

13-Nov-2014 00:02:12
The World Food Programme (WFP) in Sierra Leone distributes food rations to Ebola survivors when they are discharged from the treatment centers – including the families of people infected with Ebola who are in treatment, deceased, or recovering. According to World Health Organization (WHO) there is some evidence that case incidence is no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but steep increases persist in Sierra Leone. WFP
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STORY: SIERRA LEONE / EBOLA FOOD AID
TRT: 2.12
SOURCE: WFP
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 11 – 12 NOVEMBER 2014, FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE
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11 NOVEMBER 2014, FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE

1. Wide shot, city view
2. Various shots, Ebola survivors discharged from Hasting Ebola Treatment Centre, Waterloo district waiting for food rations
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Komba Songu-Mbriwe, Captain Doctor:
““Some of them came very close to dying, they were actually in bad shape, then we did all we could, we rehydrated them we gave them social support and today they are out negative of Ebola”
4. Various shots, Ebola survivors leaving with food rations
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Djaounsede Pardon, WFP Spokesperson:
“WFP’s assistance starts at the treatment centre when patients are admitted so they receive WFP assistance and when they are discharged, when they are well and leave the hospital they receive again the food you seeing here.”
6. Various shots, Ebola survivors leaving with rations

12 NOVEMBER 2014, Ferry junction, Freetown

7. Wide shot, area
8. Wide shot, Kamara family cooking WFP food package
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Amadu Kamara:
“This is my son , died on the 31st of October, and this is my wife, Kariatou Kabu, my wife who died on the 8th of October, from the Ebola.”
10. Wide shot, Hawanatu Kamara –Ebola survivor- cooking WFP food
11. Various shots, Kamara family eating
STORYLINE
In Sierra Leone, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) provides food to Ebola survivors when they are discharged from the treatment centers.

Since the outbreak, more than 800 people who have been sick with the disease and recovered, have received food assistance from WFP in Sierra Leone. This assistance helps survivors meet their basic food needs as they try to pick up their lives after Ebola.

The e latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) report a total of 14,098 cases Ebola virus disease and 5,160 deaths. There is some evidence that case incidence is no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but steep increases persist in Sierra Leone, and the World Health Organization stresses that cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak.

Hasting Ebola Treatment Centre, Waterloo District, Freetown, is managed by medical personnel from the Sierra Leone Armed Forces.

Captain Doctor Komba Songu-Mbriwe said “some of them came very close to dying, they were actually in bad shape, then we did all we could, we rehydrated them we gave them social support and today they are out negative of Ebola”

The 120-bed treatment center has treated more than 400 Ebola patients to date.

World Food Programme Spokesperson Djaounsede Pardon said “WFP’s assistance starts at the treatment centre when patients are admitted so they receive WFP assistance and when they are discharged, when they are well and leave the hospital they receive again the food you seeing here.”

WFP also distributes home rations composed of rice, pulses, vegetable oil, salt and highly nutritional cereal mix, for 60 days.

Amadu Kamara –whose two daughters were released from the hospital, cured from Ebola- lost several family members.

He said “this is my son, died on the 31st of October, and this is my wife, Kariatou Kabu, my wife who died on the 8th of October, from the Ebola.”

More than 1.3 million people have received WFP food assistance since April in the three most affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

WFP’s food assistance is provided to patients in Ebola treatment centres, survivors of Ebola who are discharged from treatment centres and communities with widespread and intense transmission – including the families of people infected with Ebola who are in treatment, deceased, or recovering.

This assistance helps to stabilize affected communities by enabling them to limit unnecessary movement.
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