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Sierra Leone community trying to combat ebola


  • Members of Sierra Leone Ebola Action Group check a consignment of medical supplies bound for Africa.

The outbreak of the deadly ebola virus in Africa has deeply concerned members of Tasmania's Sierra Leone community.  

The Sierra Leone community in Australia has set up the Sierra Leone Ebola Action Group (SEAGA) and Ansumana Koroma is volunteering as the groups National Coordinator.  Ansumana works as a Policy Analyst for the Department of Premier and Cabinet's Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania Division.

SEAGA is working collaboratively to attract attention to the urgency of the needs created by Ebola and is helping to collect the resources required for combating the deadly virus.

"In Tasmania, we have received both in-kind and cash donations from individuals and organisations including churches in support of our campaign. We are particularly grateful to the media for their continued broadcasting to raise awareness of our campaign for the Ebola," Ansumana said.

"Our assistance to Sierra Leone would not be possible without the support of the people of Australia," he said.

A large container of needed medical items recently left Australia for Sierra Leone. These medical items will make a huge difference in saving the lives of the people of Sierra Leone from this deadly virus.  There are plans to send a second container before the end of the year 2014.

Tasmania state coordinator of SEAGA Mr Fayia Isaiah Lahai through the support of organisations called Overseas Disaster Resources based in Sydney, was able to secure some desperately needed items (worth over $200 000) requested by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone.

Anyone wishing to support the Sierra Leone Ebola Action Group Australia (SEAGA) Appeal Tasmania may contact Mr Fayia Isaiah Lahai phone 0411 360 367 or make a donation to the ANZ account.

Account Name: STAND4SALONE
BSB: 017008
ACC: 290216554