But the crisis is far from over
Businesses have been left shut, economies devastated. Foreign investment has been withdrawn, and borders closed. An already struggling health system has been left decimated.
For the children who survived the deadly virus, many now face a bleak future.
Early in 2015, we teamed up with Plan International and World Vision to consult over 1,100 children in Sierra Leone about how Ebola affected their lives. What they told us was sobering. We heard stories of lost childhoods, missed opportunities, exploitation and abuse.
Many children were forced to drop out of school and cannot afford to go back. Families have lost their homes and possessions. Poverty has driven many into child labour. Without the safety of the classroom, girls are even more open to the risk of abuse. One in every ten children who was interviewed knew a girl who had been forced into child prostitution to survive.
Helping these vulnerable children is an essential part of our response.
As Ebola subsides, Save the Children is helping to rebuild the lives of the children growing up in its aftermath.