Donated Plasma Devices and Supplies Arrive in Sierra Leone

ESierra Leone Action

Freetown
Sierra Leone
www.saloneaction.com

Media contact:
Aderonke Bademosi Wilson
Email: aderonke@thestratfordgroup.bm
Phone: +1 441 333 0200

Donated Plasma Devices and Supplies Arrive
in Sierra Leone

Freetown, Sierra Leone – December 14, 2014 – Sierra Leone Action (SLA), an
organization comprising a global team of Sierra Leonean physicians and other
professionals, today announced that the nine Fenwal Autopheresis-C® instruments
and all required related supplies which were donated by Fresenius Kabi in
November 2014 have arrived in Freetown.

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Making the announcement was Mr. Trevor Young, a Sierra Leonean resident in the
United States, a founding member of Sierra Leone Action, and one of two trainers
who have arrived in Sierra Leone to begin training staff on the use of the machinery.
Mr. Trevor Young stated, “I am pleased to inform the public that the nine Fenwal
Autopheresis-C® plasma machines and supplies have arrived safely in Freetown.
They are currently located in the Central Medical Stores of the Ministry of Health
and Sanitation.

“We are grateful to the Government of Sierra Leone for their engagement, patience,
and support, specifically the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo, and his team.
“The donated machines and supplies will allow medical professionals to conduct a
Convalescent Serum Therapy (CST) study and enable plasma treatment for the
Ebola Virus Disease. The study and treatment involves taking Ebola survivors’
blood and separating the plasma that contains Ebola antibodies. The blood is
returned to the donor and the plasma collected and later transfused into an Ebola
patient.”

Mr. Young added, “Sierra Leone Action was formed in August upon heeding the
clarion call from His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, for Sierra Leoneans
throughout the diaspora to help eliminate Ebola in the country of our birth and
origin.

“To address this, a study protocol has emerged to ensure that CST is introduced into
Sierra Leone under stringent international guidelines. Based upon the feedback we
have received from the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, the Ethics Panel and the
Ebola Convalescent Products Technical Group, we are confident we are moving
forward.”
Trevor Young concluded, “Next we will work with the Ministry of Health and
Sanitation and the head of the Medical Stores to conduct an inventory of the donated
equipment and supplies (which are currently being stored in the Medical Stores) as
we actively seek approval to begin setting up the machinery, conduct testing and
then start training.

“Dr. Kargbo has set up a subcommittee in coordination with public advocacy group,
WeCare SL, to help fast track the implementation of CST. We are extremely
appreciative of the expressed support shown by WeCare SL. We look forward to
working closely with them and the Government of Sierra Leone to implement the
study and treatment, as a Sierra Leonean initiative proudly led by Sierra Leoneans.”
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Sierra Leone Action (SLA) is an organization comprising a global team of Sierra
Leonean physicians and other professionals who have developed a coordinated
approach to implement Convalescent Serum Therapy (CST) using international
guidelines and best practices in Sierra Leone. The organization was formed in
August 2014.

The mission of SLA is to leverage Sierra Leonean expertise to design and implement
solutions that improve the outcomes for Ebola victims while preventing future
epidemics.

For more information about Sierra Leone Action and CST visit:

www.sierraleoneaction.com

 

Sierra Leone Action Medical Team

Dr. S. Ahmed Tejan-Sie, MD; North Carolina, USA – Principal investigator

Dr. Ernest Kamara, MD; Georgia, USA

Dr J. Bankole Thompson, MD; PhD; Michigan USA

Collaborating Clinical Physicians

Dr. Slyvester Nicol, The Davidson Nicol Medical Center, Sierra Leone

Collaborating Research Physicians

Dr. Foday Sahr, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences,University of Sierra Leone

Dr. V.R. Willoughby, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone

Dr. Sahr Gevao, Consultant Haematologist, Government of Sierra Leone

SLA Members

Mrs. Brenda Johnson-Williams

Hon. Isata Kabia, MP

Dr. Ernest Kamara, MD

Ms. Ngadi Kamara

Ms. Pat Mejabi

Dr. Sylvester Nicol, MD

Dr. Jaisie Stevens, PhD

Dr. Ahmed Tejan-Sie, MD

Dr J. Bankole Thompson, MD, PhD

Mr. Trevor Young

Technical Advisor (Engineering)

Mr. Vidal Smith

Accountant

A. K. Mahdi CPA Accounting Services

Public Relations Advisor

Aderonke Bademosi Wilson, PMP

The Stratford Group

Contributors

Dr. Francis Dove-Edwin, PhD

Dr. Elena Gutiérrez, MD

Ms. Natu Kamara

Mrs. Sibyl Harleston

Ms. Valerie Young

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