Hidden costs of Ebola: Sierra Leone & Liberia

Source: Concern Worldwide (30 Oct 2014). By October 2014 over 4,500 people had died in the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.
“When confronted with those numbers and the terrifying news stories that accompany them, it’s easy to forget the larger, quieter tragedy that’s playing out behind the scenes. Concern Worldwide has stepped up its emergency response in order to fight the spread of the virus. Before this outbreak, both Sierra Leone and Liberia were already struggling for stability in the wake of civil wars. Huge numbers of people relied on subsistence agriculture just to stay alive, and literacy and child mortality rates were some of the worst in the world.”