Christian Aid distributes emergency food aid to quarantined homes in Ebola ‘hotspots’ to prevent starvation

by ACNS  |  published on October 28, 2014

Christian Aid is delivering emergency food and hygiene kits this week to some of the most vulnerable families under quarantine in two of Sierra Leone’s Ebola ‘hotspots’ in order to prevent families from starving.

Pregnant women, single mothers, people living with HIV, the elderly and young children are among the 2,100 quarantined residents being targeted in the eastern Kailahun district and in the rural Freetown suburb of Waterloo.

The kits contain enough food to give a family a balanced diet for two weeks, including oil, tinned fish, rice, onions and powdered milk. They also include essential hygiene materials such as soap, female sanitary items, chlorine, disinfectant, latex gloves and infra-red thermometers.

With the national death rate now exceeding 1,000 and the infection rate rising sharply, Christian Aid is working with local health teams to identify the ‘at-risk’ households in quarantined areas.

Jeanne Kamara, Christian Aid’s Sierra Leone country manager, said: “With the recent surge of cases in Sierra Leone’s hotspot areas, the demand for hospital beds still far outstrips supply. The welcome escalation of international assistance will take time to translate into trained medical personnel and treatment centres. Until then, effective medical treatment is no longer an option for most people. More and more homes are being quarantined for 21 days and many are not receiving enough food to sustain them.