Religious and traditional healers’ intervention saves DIFID millions of pounds during the Ebola outbreak

1. Meeting in sesson

The Social Development Adviser for DFID Richard Carter has disclosed to religious and traditional healers in Kambia district that their timely intervention during the difficult times of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone saved DFID millions of pounds; which could have been used to provide treatment for thousands of Sierra Leoneans who would have been infected by the Ebola virus. He revealed that DFID had spent half a billion pounds to help contain the virus in Sierra Leone, and that 20 million pounds from that amount was spent on social mobilization. He made these remarks during his Social Mobilisation & Urgent Needs visit to Traditional and Religious leaders at the Kambia district DHMT conference hall on Monday 8th February, 2016.

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Traditional Healers on Contact Tracing Drive in the North

Traditional healers in Kambia after their communiy engagment

Cross section of tradiational heallers contact tracers in Kambia

FOCUS 1000 has been facilitating community engagements with Traditional Healers and Religious leaders in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Saniation in the Northern district of (Tonkolili, Port Loko, Kambia and Bombali districts) through the Social Mobilization Action Consortium (SMAC) with funding from DFID to reduce the further spread of the new Ebola cases reported early last month in the north.

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