Response to Ebola virus crisis in Sierra Leone

In response to the growing Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, the Rotary Club of Berrima District and its corporate partner Ramsay Health Care are making a donation of $5,000 to help local authorities fight the disease. The money will go towards building an isolation ward at the Children’s Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone.

Until recently Bo, a town of 654,000 people, had been free of the virus but a situation report published by the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation on 7 September records 16 deaths. The isolation ward will be vital in helping to prevent the disease spreading further.

The project is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Turramurra, which will receive the donation. Dr Nuli Lemoh, a club member and respected Sydney paediatrician, has harboured a lifelong dream to build a Children’s Hospital in Bo, the largest rural city in his poverty stricken and war-torn homeland.

Sierra Leone has suffered many years of civil war and political instability, leaving this small but densely populated country in a destitute state with frightening child mortality and virtually no health care in rural areas.

Rotary Club of Berrima District president Allen Cupitt said the donation was a fine example of two Rotary clubs working together to improve the health services in developing countries.

Berrima Rotary also operates the project Medical Aid for Oceania and Worldwide, a joint venture between the club and Ramsay Health Care.

Ebola Isolation Ward donation

Photo above: Richard Krohn, of RC Berrima District, in partnership with Southern Highlands Private Hospital CEO, Jenny Harper on behalf of Ramsay Health, present a cheque for $5,000 to assist with building an isolation ward in the Bo Hospital in Sierra Leone.