December 2014 -- Kailahun district in eastern Sierra Leone was one of the country’s first hotspots in the Ebola outbreak, at its peak reporting more than 80 new cases per week in late June 2014. With the assistance of WHO and partners, combined with the close involvement of community leaders, the district has managed to beat the disease and has reported no new cases for several weeks. There is no room for complacency however. Community teams and health workers are on high alert and are ready to react quickly to any possible new infection.
December 2014 -- Essential health services have been drastically reduced for many months as the Ebola outbreak has taken up many of the country’s health resources. The country is now working to build a stronger health system for the long term.