Nana Anto-Awuakye from The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development came to the School this week to explain about the ebola virus in West Africa, how it is spread, and how CAFOD is helping to tackle this devastating epidemic.
Radio stations in Sierra Leone are broadcasting information, and a catchy song has been popularised with advice on how to stop the spread of the virus. Volunteers from CAFOD have been knocking on doors with advice and hygiene buckets with soap and chlorine for washing hands, which helps stop the spread.
CAFOD is also working with families that have been quarantined in their homes to reduce the risk of spreading the disease, bringing them food and water. Schools in Sierra Leone have been closed to protect young people from the virus, and teachers have volunteered to help give out the hygiene buckets and help those in need. Nana explained that for the most part ebola can be contained simply by avoiding direct person-so-person contact and the careful washing of hands. However without care it is spread easily, and the symptoms are similar to other diseases so it is important to get an early diagnosis to prevent further infection.
At the end children asked questions, some quite challenging, then we thanked Nana for taking the time to come and talk to us.