‘One can just hope that people still remain vigilant as cases remain in Guinea and it has been proved that the virus can survive in the human body for a long time. However, the declaration of Ebola-free status has a huge symbolic significance as people can now go back to normal economic activities.’
For Tearfund partners, who provided practical and psychosocial support during the outbreak, the work continues, now focusing on helping survivors recover. This will take the form of training so people can start new livelihoods, along with grants to help them set-up small enterprises.
To improve people’s access to food, we’re supplying agricultural training and distributing seeds and tools.
In addition, we’ll be supporting children orphaned by the disease so they can continue their education, plus offering ongoing psychosocial help.
Tearfund partners will also be improving access to water and sanitation and raising awareness of good hygiene practices.