European Union Delegation's Visit to Sierra Leone

At the beginning of November, a delegation of Members of the European Parliament (Committee on Development) were in Sierra Leone to take stock of the situation in the country and the medium-to-long term consequences of last year'?s Ebola epidemic.

With the help of the Hospitality Europe office in Brussels, the agenda of the Parliamentary delegation included a visit to the St John of God Hospital at Lunsar. This hospital was one of the first facilities in the country to deal with the spread of the Ebola virus among the population right up until the peak of the epidemic, when it had to close down for several months. But the presence of the Order, side-by-side with the local people, remained constant, to the point that several Brothers and Co-workers lost their lives, including the Director of the Hospital,Brother Manuel García Viejo.

The hospital reopened at the beginning of this year, partly thanks to the technical and professional support of the IMC (International Medical Corps), the African Union, and Doctors with Africa -Cuamm.

The visit of the European delegation took place on November 4, and was attended by the Director of the European Commission office in Sierra Leone. Dr. Galasso and Brother Moisés Martin (Director of the Missions and International Cooperation Office) have been liaising with the Director of the Lunsar hospital, Brother Michael Koroma. 


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