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Sierra Leone: Ebola and war survivors failed by lack of mental health services, Amnesty finds

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 27 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1381
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

People in Sierra Leone are being failed by a lack of much needed mental health services to cope with the devastating and lasting effects of the civil war and the Ebola epidemic, Amnesty International has warned.

The report, They Are Forgetting About Us, included 55 interviews with health professionals, government officials, and 25 people who had experienced violence during the war or who had contracted the Ebola virus.1

From 1991 to 2002 the civil war in Sierra Leone killed tens of thousands of civilians and displaced more than two million people. Then in 2014 the country was hit by an Ebola outbreak that lasted until 2016 and …

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