Food, hygiene kits, psycho-social support, health and hygiene education, livelihood assistance – just some of the ways Tearfund has reached hundreds of thousands of people affected by the Ebola outbreak.
It’s a year since Tearfund, as a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, launched an emergency appeal to help the people of West Africa and here we look back - through the photographs of Layton Thompson - on the impact of the disease, and how Tearfund partners played a key role in combating it in Sierra Leone.
Pastor Max Aaron Cornel-Joe pays a visit to Rachel Massaquio at her home in Grafton, near Freetown. He was trained by Tearfund’s partner, the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone (EFSL), to conduct ‘ouse-to-ouse tock’ (house-to-house talk in the local dialect Krio), where as well as providing psycho-social support and health education, he delivered food and essential supplies to those in quarantine. During the outbreak, Rachel lost four family members to Ebola and was under quarantine for 21 days. Visitors had to keep a metre away from quarantined houses, but now, one year on, Pastor Max can sit comfortably with Rachel.