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Freetown, Sierra Leone, January 14, 2016

President Ernest Koromo of Sierra Leone awards Mariam Sow of Project HOPE the silver medal for the organization's Ebola work

Project HOPE was among a handful of international humanitarian organizations recognized by President Ernest Koromo of Sierra Leone at a special Ebola award ceremony on December 18, 2015. The award ceremony was held in Freetown at the Statehouse and was attended by more than 1,000 people including cabinet ministers, other senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and national and international NGOs. The Ebola virus claimed 3,955 lives in Sierra Leone during the recent outbreak.

Project HOPE received a silver medal in recognition of the organization’s close partnership and strategic donations of critically needed medicines and medical consumable products that helped save lives during the recent Ebola epidemic. Mariam Sow, Project HOPE’s Consultant in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and Osman Kabia, Project HOPE’s Sierra Leone In-Country Consultant were on-hand at the ceremony and beamed with pride as they accepted the award on Project HOPE’s behalf.

Osman Kabia, Project HOPE's In-Country Consultant in Sierra Leone, and Mariam Sow, Project HOPE's Sierra Leone Consultant, accept the silver medal on Project HOPE's behalf

More than 100 other organizations and individuals were honored at the ceremony. Posthumous awards were conferred to 16 doctors and other health professionals who succumbed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

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