Update 22 Jan: Tragically, a woman who had been caring for someone who died of Ebola in Sierra Leone has been infected with the virus, heightening fears of another flare-up just days after West Africa was declared officially free of the disease. This is the second new case to be identified in a week, again reminding us the necessity for good healthcare system.
Update 15 January: Sadly, barely was the outbreak declared over, when it re-emerged following a confirmed case in Sierra Leone near the Guinea border. This is of great concern, but hopefully the skills in disease control and contact-tracing will help limit the risk quickly. It reminds us that vigilance continues to be a high priority and that strong health services are needed to protect people in the region.
Mike – who led our team heading up ActionAid's emergency repsonse in Sierra Leone and Liberia – reflects on the devastating effects that the disease has had across West Africa and calls on the international community to invest in recovery and to help rebuild shattered lives.