FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Alima Jallo Jamboria walks along a bumpy dirt road into the community of Red Pump, a suburb of Freetown. Aside from her and other volunteers the streets are empty, residents sequestered inside during a three-day lockdown aimed at stamping out Ebola.
Jamboria and her three team members are among 25,000 volunteers going door-to-door to raise awareness about Ebola prevention as part of the “zero Ebola” campaign. Nearly 4,000 Sierra Leoneans have died from the hemorrhagic fever, which has killed more than 10,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
The volunteers are also looking for sick people and if found, encourage families to call 117, the emergency hotline for Ebola.
Six million people are affected by the shutdown, which ends Sunday night, but were allowed out for Friday prayers at mosques and church services on Sunday morning.