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Young girl standing in the rubble of her home in Gaza  in August 2014

With the barbaric death of British aid worker David Haynes at the hands of Islamic State and continuing concerns over the fate of volunteer aid convoy driver Alan Henning, the risks run by humanitarian workers in conflict situations have been thrown into sharp relief.

Mary Jabaty helps ActionAid raises awareness of Ebola in Bo, Sierra Leone

Over the past few weeks, I’ve found myself speaking to ActionAid colleagues in Sierra Leone and Liberia almost on a daily basis, as I work with ActionAid’s humanitarian emergencies team to help control the Ebola virus outbreak across West Africa while also ensuring they too are protected.

ActionAid's public health campaigns in Sierra Leone and Liberia are helping people understand how to protect themselves from Ebola.

William Pooley – Ebola Hero or Fool?

Posted in Blogs 4 years 7 months ago

This week social media and news sites have been ablaze with debate about William Pooley – the British nurse brought back to London for treatment after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Musa, 3, lives in an area of Sierra Leone affected by Ebola

Last year 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.

A mother holds her child while she has her temperature taken at a screening centre on the road from Kenema to Bo.

Ebola: the facts

Posted in Blogs 4 years 9 months ago

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.