08 February 2016

Dawnus International employees have been awarded medals by the UK Government for their help in fighting the spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

44 Dawnus staff who worked on our projects in Sierra Leone have received the Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa. The medals are awarded to both civilian and military personnel who were involved in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Dawnus International Director Andy Peters presented 10 employees with their medals at a ceremony at our head office in Swansea on the 5th of February.

Separate ceremonies were held at our sites in Sierra Leone and Liberia, where some of the recipients are still working.

Our employees were working on a number of major projects in Sierra Leone when the outbreak occurred, and were involved in a number of initiatives to fight the outbreak. Our team worked with local authorities to contribute to the fight against Ebola, including participating in an awareness campaign, and providing communications equipment, soap, essential detergents, chlorine, fuel, masks, goggles, gloves, thermometers and other equipment to the local community.

Dawnus was also appointed to construct two Ebola Emergency Treatment Centres at Port Loko and Makeni in Sierra Leone, each of which provided over a hundred beds for Ebola patients. We also carried out earth clearing work for the construction of an Oxfam/IMC Ebola treatment centre in Lunsar.