Ebola And How It Affected Regular Life The Virus Which Catastrophically Changed the African Way of Life

By Annabelle Liefke

Ebola was a horrible epidemic and killed thousands of people. The disease was prominently located in Africa and was a huge issue in 2014-15. Although the number of people with Ebola more recently has gone down exponentially, it still is making an impact on the society in Africa.

The first time I went to Sierra Leone a little over a year ago I was really hit by the extreme poverty of the country, lack of running water, lack of electricity, I know that’s a common feature in sub-Saharan Africa, but what was also extremely interesting was the overwhelming sense of optimism in the country...

The quote above is from Lisa O'Carroll, a reporter for The Guardian. Sierra Leone was one of the countries greatly affected. Before the virus, the conditions in many African countries were poor, but during the epidemic the conditions got much worse.

8 year old orphan taking care of her sick little sister

Some 16,600 kids lost at least one parent to Ebola, and those that lost both became orphans. Though many had family members available, they often went unwanted. The families would often fear that the kids had the infectious disease and would not want them in their home.

Sadly, the medical help available wasn't much help. The hospitals consisted of volunteers, nuns, and others with little to no medical experience. This caused poor help of both people with Ebola and those that were sick or injured in other ways.

African Hospital

What makes it all worse, is the health amongst many other citizens lessened too. This can be credited to rising food prices that coincided with the epidemic. Malnutrition ensued since many people could only afford one, non filling meal per day.

But hope is not to be lost!

For starters, there has been much progress made since the epidemic has diminished. Now that people are more aware of what Ebola has done, different organizations have been formed to help. They help with poverty, lack of food and water, and minimize the chances of another outbreak starting. Even if donating is an issue, there are ways to help. Even by just spreading awareness of the issues in Africa, progress can be made.

Chain of Hope

Echography in a French Hospital

Education Project

Children's Computer Classroom

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African hospital. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.

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