In Sierra Leone, people are dying in their homes and in the streets because of Ebola, while hospitals either refuse to take patients or have shut down as the nurses and doctors have died. The health service has completely broken down and people are largely left to manage on their own with little knowledge and few means. In partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Playhouse Foundation, WakaWakas have been distributed to local community based organizations. Target groups include campaign teams, Ebola prevention teams, burial teams and health clinics. The WakaWakas help to treat Ebola victims after sunset and allow citizens to better protect themselves from getting infected.
After the Ebola crisis has been contained, the WakaWakas will still be useful. It contributes to socio-economic development and is a clean, safe and sustainable alternative for the toxic kerosene lights.