Each day we receive an update on the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone from Country Director, Jonathan Titus Williams. Today he shared a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases, from from 1532 people to 1571. Today also began a three day lockdown in which citizens are asked to stay in their homes so that health workers can find and isolate cases of ebola.

The lock down began with an address to the nation by President Ernest Bai Koroma, last night.

"“We know some of the things we are asking you to do are difficult. But life is better than these difficulties. Today the life of every one is at stake, but we will get over this difficulty if all do what we have been asked to do. Ebola is no respecter of persons. It is not an APC or SLPP disease. It is not a disease of any political party, or ethnic group or district. Anyone who is not careful can endanger themselves and others that they love.”

Support African Leadership's Team in Sierra Leone in implementing a simple, effective plan after the lockdown lifts. The current ebola plan would work through the 10 districts (of Sierra Leone’s 14 districts) where African Leadership’s Academy is currently located. Awareness and education will function on three tracks simultaneously:

- Social mobilization – where health care workers will train pastors and community leaders in our 10 districts on proper responses to ebola including customs on how to greet one another, how to care for one another, and how to remain properly clean. This training will form the basis for AL academy pastors and community leaders to inform their congregations and communities - Media education – there will be 6 30-minute informational radio broadcasts in each of the 10 districts (totaling 60 broadcasts) to reach those that might not be in villages or towns where our community leaders are located. - Hygiene kits – 2500 chlorine sanitizer packets will be purchased and distributed to those that attend the training seminars held by they health care workers for use at their churches or community centers.

Click here to download Sierra Leone Ebola Statistics cumulative through 9.17.14