1-12 | In late November, Aminata Sankoh's mother started to fall ill. Living on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Aminata heard warnings about Ebola on the radio. But she didn't hesitate to care for her mother as she grew progressively sicker over the next seven days. By the end of the week, Aminata's mother died. Within a week, both Aminata and her husband were hit with severe fever. "We went from vomiting to the toilet, vomiting to the toilet," Aminata recalls.
1-8 | A clinical trial of a possible treatment for Ebola began on 1st January at ELWA 3, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)'s Ebola Management Centre in Monrovia, Liberia. Led by Oxford University, the trial aims to determine if the anti-viral drug brincidofovir is a safe and effective treatment for Ebola.
12-30 | A clinical trial for a possible treatment for Ebola started in Guinea on the 17th of December. The trial is led by the French medical research institute INSERM and is taking place at MSF’s Ebola Treatment Centre in Guéckédou, in the east of the country. Although every experimental treatment for Ebola patients offers hope, MSF remains prudent.
12-12 | The Ebola situation has improved in Lofa County and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has decided to withdraw from the area. New actors have arrived to help and since 30 October there have been no more Ebola patients in the Ebola Management Centre (EMC) in Foya.
12-12 | As part of its ongoing emergency response to Ebola in West Africa, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has carried out the largest-ever distribution of antimalarials in Sierra Leone, alongside the Ministry of Health.