In recent months we have tried to limit the damage of school closings because of Ebola. Even now we keep on working on our activities in the villages, using the radio system to give the lessons. Right now, this is the only way to overcome the obstacle of the aggregation ban in public places.Government of Sierra Leone said it would reopen the country's schools by March 30, after a seven-month shutdown to limit the spread of the Ebola virus. "This news gives us more hope of seeing children at school soon", said Nicola Orsini, chief of AVSI in Sierra Leone, now working on activities of education in emergencies. "But there still is a long path ahead".
The President of Sierra Leone also announced weaker movement restrictions inside Sierra Leone. The restrictions for safety reasons will be reduced even in the west, the most affected by the epidemic, where shops will be again allowed to remain open until 6 pm.
This is because the virus spread is gradually improving, albeit slowly. And there was a good news also on January 13, after seven months of the epidemic in Sierra Leone. Pujehun District, in the south, on the border with Liberia, was the first Sierra Leone district to be declared ebola-free for more than 45 days, with no cases of infection observed in that period.
"This is an important signal against the epidemic, after a Christmas and the beginning of 2015 forced to stay at home. This is a small light at the end of the tunnel, which allows us to look to the future with a little more hope", said Ernest Sesay, president of the NGO FHM, member of the AVSI network, fighting since months against the epidemic.