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A DEADLY disease outbreak in Sierra Leone has now claimed 290 lives, reports children’s charity Plan International.
More than 21,500 cases of cholera have been confirmed in the West African country this year, though the death rate is slowing.
“The general situation in the country has improved in regards to the cholera epidemic,” says Plan’s emergency response manager, Edward Sesay.
“But the outbreak is not yet over and response efforts are still being made until the disease in completely eradicated.”
The UN ranks Sierra Leone as one of the most deprived countries in the world where nearly two-thirds of people live on less than £1 a day.
Aid worker for Plan have been helping distribute medical supplies to villages caught up in the outbreak.
And the charity has put-up nearly 6,500 posters as part of an awareness drive in schools to help halt the spread of the disease, carried in dirty water.
Staff at Plan are working with government agencies and local authorities to help coordinate the relief effort and help prevent future crises.
Key work includes educating children and communities on protection from cholera and what to do if they contract it.
“We continue to see a positive impact of this as we see a reduction in the cholera trend in the country,” says Mr Sesay.
“With increased knowledge, communities now report cases promptly at health centres where they receive early and effective care.”
For more information on Plan’s work visit www.plan-uk.org