Sierra Leone

Department for International Development written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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Photo of Gavin Shuker Gavin Shuker Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department has taken to target the increased contraction rate of Ebola amongst women in Sierra Leone; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development

Data from the World Health Organisation indicates that there appears to be little difference in the incidence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) infection by sex. However the Ebola outbreak has exacerbated the situation for those who were already vulnerable, including girls and women. The UK has therefore developed a Protection Strategy to ensure that action is taken to reduce the risk of transmission to these groups, and to mitigate the secondary impacts that they face.

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