Ebola Response Project in Sierra Leone
In December 2014, DDI launched its Ebola Response Project in Sierra Leone’s Kono District. Focusing on the specific context of artisanal mining communities, DDI is adopting a 3-S approach: Sensitization, Support and Safeguards.
- Why: Artisanal miners and their communities, particularly those in remote parts of the country, are hard to reach and are generally under-served by public infrastructure and communications. The lack of awareness and education on Ebola is a recurring obstacle to preventing its spread.
- DDI is leveraging its networks and expertise to help raise awareness in artisanal mining communities within the Kono district.
- Our sensitization efforts reinforce and complement broader efforts by covering some of the communities that are not otherwise adequately covered.
- Why: The Ebola Crisis has caused a decline in economic activities, which has resulted in falling incomes. Meanwhile, the price of hygiene products such as soap and disinfectants, as well as food provisions, has increased by 35-50%.
- Working with local partners and communities, DDI is facilitating the provision of hygiene and sanitation supplies as well as food provisions. Efficiency and equity is being ensured through a combination of existing organizational practices, guidelines and monitoring.
- Community members require these supplies and provisions in order to maintain practices that limit the spread of the Ebola virus. Our work is helping to address this issue, particularly in ADM communities where the price hikes exacerbate widespread poverty.
- Why: The spread of Ebola also reflects how vulnerable ADM communities are to public health and other crises overall.
- In order to ensure that DDI’s Ebola response project produces sustainable results over time, we are also factoring in the structural vulnerabilities by collecting and analyzing data on distinct socioeconomic (including health) risks that are particular to ADM communities; carrying out on-the-ground research in various ADM contexts; and helping to develop/establish policies and targeted development support programs, which will provide safeguards for ADM communities.
- By looking beyond the immediate crisis to reinforce and establish systems that may safeguard against similar public health emergencies in the future, DDI is helping artisanal mining communities to strengthen their ability to prevent and cope with future challenges of this magnitude. As such, DDI is also providing access to water for sanitation. It has partnered with the Ministry of Water Resources and a local construction company to build wells and install water pumps in certain communities.
WHO map of Ebola cases; Kono highlighted in orange by DDI
DDI is working in close collaboration with the District, Chiefdom Ebola Response Committees and other community organizations to ensure an efficient and coordinated response.
This project is made possible by the generous support of De Beers (a member of the Anglo American plc group) and the German Agency for International Development (GIZ). Additional funding was provided by the JCK Foundation.
To contribute to DDI’s Ebola Response project or to request more information, please write to: email@example.com