SLSAV donates to Ebola survivors in Kambia


April 29, 2015 By Victoria Saffa

The Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers (SLSAV) has donated food and non-food items to some one hundred and fifty Ebola survivors in Kambia District.

The donated items include mattresses, laundry and bathing soap, sanitary pads, and vegetable oil.

Making a statement during the donation, Executive Director of SLSAV, Alfred Alex Jatta Dumbuya, stated that since the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the country, the organization has been helping government in the fight against the disease, providing help to hotspot districts – Port Loko, Bombali and Kambia – including foodstuff and sensitization.

He said their response has also come by way of constructing holding centres in Bombali and Port Loko districts, as well as engaging in social mobilization and supporting district response centres.

He revealed that the food and non-food items, worth over one hundred million Leones, were donated thanks to support from USAID, through Christian Aid International Sierra Leone, to help Ebola survivors in the country.

Also making a statement, Director of Planning at NERC, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, thanked SLSAV for helping government in the fight to contain and eradicate the virus, and called on the survivors to be the vanguards in the fight against the virus, especially as they have been afflicted by the disease and know how it has affected the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

She said NERC was looking up to survivors to help end the outbreak in the district, noting that Kambia is the only district that was still recording high numbers of positive cases in recent days.

District Ebola Response Centre (DERC) Officer, Dr. Alfred Kamara, also showered praises on SLSAV for providing succour to survivors and quarantined homes in the district.

She also called on survivors to support the fight, noting that the items would help sustain their lives as most of them have lost property and money.

Speaking on behalf of the survivors, Coordinator for Ebola Survivors in Kambia District, Andrew Sesay, thanked SLSAV for what he referred to as “a wonderful gift”, adding that since some of them were discharged they had only received few supplies from two organizations.