ActionAid’s Head of Humanitarian Response Mike Noyes said: “This week the World Health Organisation announced the first full week with no Ebola cases since March 2014. 18 months on from the initial outbreak in West Africa the situation on the ground is finally looking positive. But today we are saddened to hear of Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who is back in isolation due to further complications.
“Many survivors in West Africa face similar problems, with ongoing medical complications related to mobility and vision affecting many of them. This serves as an important reminder that the long-term impact of Ebola is far from over.
“We know that women and girls have been adversely affected in this crisis and that survivors can continue to face stigma and exclusion. On top of that the economy and health services have been destroyed and rebuilding the public services and the livelihoods that many have lost during the outbreak will take a long time.”
Read more about the implications of Ebola:
- Ebola’s economic impact on Sierra Leone and Liberia
- “Ebola is pulling my country apart”: a letter from Liberia
- ActionAid warns of food crisis on top of Ebola crisis in West Africa