UN Women mourns loss of Sierra Leone colleague to Ebola

Date: 20 October 2014

UN Women is deeply saddened by the passing away of our colleague Mr. Edmond Bangura-Sesay on Saturday, 18 October, after testing positive for the Ebola virus. Mr. Bangura-Sesay served with great dedication since 2005​ as the driver for the UN Women Office in Sierra Leone.

Mr. Bangura-Sesay was quarantined with a suspected case of the Ebola virus on Tuesday last week as a precautionary measure after his spouse exhibited symptoms associated with the virus. His wife remains under the care of the Ebola Treatment Center and we wish her a swift recovery.

Together with the UN Medical Services all necessary measures are being taken. The UN Medical team is conducting immediate and robust contact tracing in order to ensure that all people who came into contact with the staff member while he was symptomatic are assessed and quarantined. 

Our thoughts now are with the family and friends of our colleague Edmond. 

UN Women will continue its efforts to help curb Ebola in West Africa, together with partners from Government, the UN system and civil society. Efforts include public awareness campaigns and training, data collection, and provision of shelters for orphaned and abandoned children.