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Ebola Crisis

Helping children recover from the Ebola epidemic

Recovering from the Ebola crisis

Give children the opportunity to carry on with their lives

The Ebola crisis became one of the biggest health emergencies in decades - devastating Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. 

We reacted by distributing food, water and medical supplies, decontaminating houses and had teams that supported Ebola sufferers.

After the crisis the long-term effects on the well-being of children is still a concern. We're providing clothing, food, shelter, and ensuring children, especially girls, return to school. 

How the disaster affected communities

28,639 peopleworldwide had the Ebola virus

11,316 peopledied of the Ebola virus

18,000 children lost at least one parent

Ebola Survivor - Abibatu

Abibatu, 16, is a girls’ rights activist for Plan International and lost her father and brothers to Ebola.

Through our youth advocacy work, Abibatu speaks about Ebola on the radio and tells people they shouldn’t be afraid of survivors.  

How our Work helped

2.5 million

people, including 1.2 million children, have been supported by Plan International

84,000 buckets

along with water and soap, were distributed to prevent the spread of Ebola

1,424 patients

were reached through our seven healthcare facilities in Sierra Leone

8,000 homes

were decontaminated in Sierra Leone

22,500 solar radios

were provided to children so they could tune into lessons

4,680 children

received psychological support
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Thousands still need our care

Returning to School

Returning to School

“When I got the (education) package I was too excited and I cried as my parents said they will take me back to school.

"I’m so happy to go back to school and I thank Plan International for assisting my family in this Ebola period.”

- Jeneba, a Plan UK sponsored child, Sierra Leone 

Read more about our efforts to get children back to learning after Ebola

Real stories of Ebola

"When schools close because of the Ebola outbreak, how will we achieve our dreams?

"Children that drop out of school, orphans, and girls will be in danger of violations."

Kamanda shares his stories of the impact Ebola had on his community, along with other young people from Liberia and Sierra Leone. 

From the Field

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