Ebola in Sierra Leone: A History of the 2014 Outbreak Based on National and International Reports

Project Author: 
Emily Smith
Semester/Year: 
Fall 2014

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has ravaged the region in a way that goes far beyond physical illness. Sierra Leone, in particular, has been hard hit by the epidemic that has seemingly caused international panic on a significant scale.  

Relief agencies such as Doctors Without Borders have played an important role in controlling the disease in Sierra Leone. Additionally, the United States, Europe and Cuba have aided Ebola-stricken countries by sending healthcare workers, supplies and military intervention.  However, this focused attention on West Africa has left Sierra Leone struck with social implications such as mistrust, embarrassment, and fear. 

The mass media has contributed to this fear through blatant exaggerations and accusations that have left the world in a state of shock. This project aims to uncover different facets of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone while providing accurate statistics and resources to paint as a complete picture of the outbreak as possible.  

Region: 
Citation: 

Smith, Emily. “Ebola in Sierra Leone: A History of the 2014 Outbreak Based on National and International Reports.” In Digital History. Columbia: University of Missouri, 2015.

Ebola map