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In Guinea, 19 month old Tamba Manzare and caregiver Rose Komano play outdoors at a UNICEF-supported nursery in Guéckédou Prefecture, Nzérékoré Region. Tamba, whose mother died from Ebola virus disease (EVD), is being quarantined for 21 days – the virus’s maximum incubation period. Ms. Komano, who is wearing some protective clothing, is an Ebola survivor. “I want to ask all the organizations [that] are helping us not to forget these children,” she said. “Because if they are forgotten, tomorrow they could become sick. So please don’t forget them.”
Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, the hardest hit countries of Ebola were declared free of transmission in late 2015 and January 2016. UNICEF welcomes the good news, but at the same time we would like to remind the world that nearly 23,000 children who lost one or both parents or their primary caregivers to Ebola will continue to need care and support. UNICEF and partners will continue to provide vital support, to help children and survivors get back to the community, and strengthen health systems of affected countries.
Since the Ebola outbreak began in 2014, UNICEF and partners have provided psychological support to 191,200 children and reached 3.6 million households with interpersonal communication and skills training on Ebola prevention, and established 64 community care centres. In total, more than 8,000 metric tons of supplies have been delivered, the largest supply operation in UNICEF’s history.
Read more about UNICEF’s work in Ebola emergencies worldwide