Fight against the Ebola epidemic

In Si­erra Le­one, people are dy­ing in their homes and in the streets, be­cause of Ebola, while hos­pit­als either re­fuse to take pa­tients or have shut down as the nurses and doc­tors have died. The health ser­vice has com­pletely broken down and people are largely left to man­age on their own with little know­ledge and few means. In part­ner­ship with the Si­erra Le­one Cent­ral Uni­on The Neth­er­lands (SLCU), the Si­erra Le­one Em­bassy in Brus­sels and GIZ, WakaWa­kas have been dis­trib­uted to 32 loc­al com­munity based or­gan­iz­a­tions, as a con­tri­bu­tion in the fight against the Ebola epi­dem­ic. Tar­get groups in­clude cam­paign teams, Ebola pre­ven­tion teams, buri­al teams and health clin­ics.
The WakaWa­kas help to treat Ebola vic­tims after sun­set and al­low cit­izens to bet­ter pro­tect them­selves from get­ting in­fec­ted. After the Ebola crisis has been con­tained, the WakaWa­kas will still be use­ful. It con­trib­utes to so­cio-eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment and is a clean, safe and sus­tain­able al­tern­at­ive for the tox­ic ker­osene lights.