(只有英文)塞拉利昂受災地區開始進行霍亂疫苗接種

 

(只有英文)塞拉利昂受災地區開始進行霍亂疫苗接種

My name is Ibrahim Sillah. I attend FAWE Community Primary School at Borborcombor, In Kroo Bay. I am in class 3. I live at 38 Kroo Bay. We were in school when the flooding occurred, and when I reached home, the water overcame us. It spoilt our things. I didnÕt meet my clothes, I didnÕt meet my other uniform. I didnÕt meet anything at home. I just saw our house broken. 

I live with my mother and my brother and sister. My brother goes to school but my sister doesnÕt. Yesterday they gave us rice, garri, and many things. I need them to help us. I need to go to school. 

When I grow up I want to be a Minister of Social Welfare to help my people. If a thing like this happens when I am minister, I will help my people. I will find place for them, build houses for them and give them something so they can manage. I will also give them rice and other food."                  Ibrahim (second from right) is among the more than 3,800 Freetown residents displaced by floods caused by torrential rains that are presently sheltering at Siaka Stevens Stadium. UNICEF is joining humanitarian responders including WHO, WFP, UNFPA, as well as national and international NGOs to support the government's emergency response. 

UNICEF is providing emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, including handwashing and toilet facilities, soap, detergent and cleaning materials. UNICEF is also setting up a tent to provide health care for children five years and younger; providing nutritional supplies for under-five children; supporting the identification and registration of children and providing counseling to the vulnerable. Ebola and other infectious disease prevention social mobilization and activities are also on-going. 

UNICEF will be assessing schools affected by the floods to determine support required for the education sector so that children like Ibrahim can return to their lessons as soon as possible.

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Children were at school when the flooding occurred in Borborcombor, In Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone where UNICEF is providing emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, including handwashing and toilet facilities, soap, detergent and cleaning materials.

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More than 1 million doses of Gavi-funded cholera vaccines heading to Sierra Leone after severe flooding and landslides.

FREETOWN/HONG KONG, 5 September 2017 – Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced.

The vaccines will be received from the Gavi-funded global stockpile and will target areas particularly affected by August’s floods and deadly landslide, which resulted in over 500 confirmed deaths. Hundreds more people were reported missing in the wake of the disaster, according to the Office of National Security, while thousands were displaced from their homes.

“Cholera is a devastating disease which spreads quickly and kills fast, and risks can increase after severe flooding,” said Dr. Brima Kargbo, Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. “The oral cholera vaccine is an important tool to better protect the country and affected communities against the disease, which will ultimately save lives.”

Two rounds of vaccination are planned to run from September and will be delivered in 25 affected communities by the Government of Sierra Leone with support from Gavi Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the UK Government and other health partners.

“The devastating floods and landslides which ravaged Sierra Leone throughout August have left the country dangerously vulnerable to water-borne disease outbreaks,” said Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi Alliance. “Access to safe water and sanitation is limited, and the public health system, still recovering after the 2014 Ebola outbreak, is stretched. These lifesaving vaccines, alongside urgent support to improve safe water and sanitation, have the potential to prevent a cholera outbreak before it has the chance to bring more misery to a country that has already suffered enough.”

The decision to send cholera vaccines from the global stockpile was taken quickly on 31st August by the International Coordinating Group (ICG) for Vaccine Provision following the deployment of a WHO specialist to the country. The full quantity of the vaccine (1,036,300 doses for two rounds) is set to arrive in Freetown on 7th September through UNICEF’s global Supply Division.

WHO recommends that vaccination against cholera be considered in emergencies and other high-risk scenarios where there are increased threats of outbreaks, when combined with standard prevention and control measures for the disease. These measures include readiness to provide adequate testing and treatment, steps to ensure access to safe water and sanitation, and community mobilization to engage the public in preventing infection.

Sierra Leone’s last major cholera outbreak, in 2012, killed 392 people and infected more than 25,000 others.

Gavi, WHO, UNICEF and partners are working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to help plan and implement the campaign, which will make the vaccine available free-of-cost to disaster-affected populations, while supporting ongoing cholera prevention and preparedness.