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Protecting the living, honouring the dead

Protecting the living, honouring the dead, 2017

The Ebola Virus hit Sierra Leone in May 2014. By September 2014 the country was overrun by cases of the disease.

A reported 37% of patients could associate their infection with attending the funeral of an Ebola victim, or the traditional practices of preparing and burying the dead. Burial Teams were trained to carry out safe medical burials, but they were soon struggling to respond to all death alerts.

The purpose of this study is to assess the community's acceptance of safe burial practises in Sierra Leone.