First, we set up a holding tent for suspected cases; on the request of the local government we then opened in September, 2014, a 22-bed Treatment Centre in Lakka. Our commitment in the fight against Ebola continued with the opening, in December, of the First Aid Post in Waterloo and of the 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit in Goderich, a high-standard and state-of-the-art-equipped facility. Following the opening of this latter Centre, our Lakka facility became an Ebola Holding Centre for suspected cases.
Following the end of the peak of the epidemic, and due to the decline in new cases, activities at the Ebola First Aid Post in Waterloo and at the Lakka Holding Centre ended. Activites at the ETU in Goderich ended in May 2015.
At the end of the epidemic, we have been awarded a special prize by the President of Sierra Leone for our efforts in the fight against Ebola.
EMERGENCY NGO Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Goderich is a high-standard and state-of-the-art-equipped 100-bed facility, with an Intensive Care Unit for the most severe cases, an area for the isolation of suspected patients and an internal Laboratory. EMERGENCY NGO has cooperated with DFID, the Department of International Development of the British Government, to open this ETU. [READ ALL]
Our Lakka facility was initially used as an Ebola Treatment Centre and then was converted in an Ebola Holding Centre (EHC) after the 100-bed ETC in Goderich started activities. Following the end of the peak of the epidemic, and due to the drastic decline in new cases, suspected patients waiting for the result of the PCR test are now held at the Goderich ETU; the Lakka EHC was subsequently closed. [READ ALL]
Apart from treating the patients in our ETU in Goderich, a few kilometres from the capital, we have also worked on the prevention side of things too: in the Waterloo First Aid Post, located in a refugee camp where 22,000 people are crammed into overcrowded and decaying huts, our staff carried out triage on the suspected cases and trained local health workers able to identify people in the camp who've come into contact with Ebola patients and to monitor them daily. At the end of the peak of the epidemic, and due to the drastic decline in new cases in the camp, activities at the Ebola First Aid Post in Waterloo ended. The building is now used as a school again, as it was before the Ebola epidemic started. [READ ALL]
Since February 2015, Emergency is involved in the implementation of two European projects (Collaborative Research Projects): "EbolaMoDRAD" (Modern approaches for Developing bedside RApid Diagnostics) and "FILODIAG" (Ultra-Fast FILOvirus molecular DIAGnostics), supported by the European Commission under the Innovative Medicines Initiative Programme.
The two research projects aim at developing rapid and accurate diagnostic tools to handle the current and any future Ebola crisis.
Emergency participates to "EbolaMoDRAD" with other seventeen European partners (Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Italy and one African State, Senegal), and to "FILODIAG" with three other European scientific institutions (Germany, Czech Republic and Italy).