In 2013 I travelled to Sierra Leone with the actress Sarah Alexander to visit children and their families helped by ActionAid. The poverty we encountered was shocking and heart-breaking. However the warmth and hospitality we experienced were memorable and we made many good friends. But now, on top of their daily struggle for basics, the people we met are also at risk of catching deadly Ebola.
Ebola is one of the most frightening and deadly diseases known to mankind and the current West Africa outbreak is the largest ever, affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ebola's highly infectious nature means that it can spread rapidly when an outbreak occurs.