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148

EBOLA PATIENTS TREATED

2358

CHILDREN TREATED IN PAEDIATRICS

121

PATIENTS CURED OF EBOLA MONITORED AND SUPPORTED

POPULATION

11,800,000
millions

INFANT AND CHILD MORTALITY RATE

94
deaths per 1,000 children

MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE

679
deaths per 100,000 births

Country context

On 21 March 2014 the Ministry of Public Health declared Ebola an epidemic in Guinea. The disease soon spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Cases were reported in Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal within the year.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the most serious since the virus was first identified in 1976. According to the World Health Organisation, the epidemic resulted in over 11,000 deaths.

Operations

In December 2014 ALIMA built an Ebola treatment centre with a 40-bed capacity. Teams treated around 85 infected patients and conducted community-level awareness-raising campaigns about hygiene measures.

There are around 1,100 Ebola survivors in Guinea. Many of them suffer from joint pain, chronic fatigue, hearing problems, and eye disorders. Some have developed mental health problems, including nightmares and flashbacks. ALIMA provides both medical care and psycho-social support to some 120 patients who have recovered from the virus. These patients also benefit from full biological monitoring as a result of a partnership with the IRD and INSERM.

Alima has also been working closely with the paediatric and emergency departments of the Nzerekore Regional Hospital since July 2015.

In March 2016, following the resurgence of the Ebola epidemic, ALIMA reopened the Nzerekore Ebola emergency treatment centre in the forested southeastern region.