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Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) declaration that the largest-recorded Ebola hemorrhagic fever epidemic is an “international health emergency,” the global effort to stem the outbreak is dangerously inadequate.

The number of deaths and cases is continuing to increase dramatically in Liberia and Sierra Leone, precipitating a public health crisis in the two West African countries.  Meanwhile, the outbreak is continuing to affect people in Guinea, where it originated in March, with new suspected cases continuing to be admitted to medical facilities.

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As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread, MSF is stepping up its response in the most affected areas.

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Though the number of patients appeared to be declining, new cases of Ebola have been reported in Guinea and Sierra Leone. MSF continues to support health authorities in both countries.

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MSF is working with Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health to counter a deadly cholera outbreak in the capital, Freetown.

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Doctors and nurses treat over 750 children every month at a hospital in Gondoma, Sierra Leone.

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By encouraging women to come to clinics sooner, MSF is helping more women in Sierra Leone deliver children safely.

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MSF welcomes Sierra Leone's move to offer free maternal and child healthcare and hopes this will improve access for these vulnerable groups.

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"The health situation in Sierra Leone is in a state of emergency, with people dying every day because they do not have access to treatment."

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