Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone masks other health woes

April 9, 2015 5:20 PM

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Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone masks other health woes

KONO DISTRICT, Sierra Leone — Although one of this country's poorest districts has been Ebola-free for six weeks, the deadly virus continues to mask or hamper other health issues for pregnant women and newborns here.

Home births without trained medical staff contribute to one of the world's worst infant mortality rates. Ebola's death toll in Sierra Leone, about 3,800, is dwarfed by the 39,000 children under age 5 who die each year, often of preventable causes like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, according to th...

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