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  • 22 Jan 2015
    Helen Clark: Speech on Year of Tough Choices for World Leaders

    World leaders have a big opportunity this year to shift the world onto a path of inclusive, sustainable, and resilient development," said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

  • 20 Jan 2015
    UNDP-led mission marks shift to recovery in Ebola affected West Africa

    A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-led mission to pinpoint critical areas of support needed to help the nations most affected by Ebola start their recoveries concluded on Tuesday in Sierra Leone. While the main aim for the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and the international community remains ending the epidemic, the mission marks the start of a shift towards recovery and longer term support as case numbers and deaths drop across the region.

  • 15 Jan 2015
    An inter-agency mission kicks off Ebola Recovery Assessment in Sierra Leone

    An inter-agency team has begun an Ebola Recovery Assessment (ERA) mission in Sierra Leone as part of international efforts to partner with Governments to address the impacts of the EVD crisis in the affected countries.

  • 24 Dec 2014
    Mobile money for 16,000 Ebola workers

    Marion Sesay chatted away with her two work colleagues while they waited in the shade of a local money handler for their names to be called. She and her friends, nurses at the nearby hospital, are entitled to hazard pay, an extra bit every two weeks.

  • 22 Dec 2014
    Sierra Leone, UNDP begin eco-friendly disposal of Ebola medical waste

    With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Sierra Leone has begun to use new, environmentally-friendly sterilizing equipment to help dispose of the vast amounts of contaminated protective equipment and infectious waste generated in treating Ebola patients.

  • 10 Dec 2014
    UNDP marks Human Rights Day with a spotlight on front line Ebola workers

    Anderson Bangura pulls on a yellow jumpsuit. His colleague ties the string behind his neck. The team is getting ready to move a body. A man died earlier that day from the Ebola virus disease at the Lumley Government Hospital in Freetown. The burial team will take his body from the morgue to the grave site.

  • 01 Dec 2014
    Payment of Ebola workers essential for successful response and recovery, says UNDP

    To strengthen the battle against Ebola, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to coordinate payments for thousands of treatment centre staff, lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams.

  • 25 Nov 2014
    2000 security personnel trained on new procedures for Ebola quarantines

    To contribute to the halt of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone, the Office of National Security (ONS), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has facilitated the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the correct management of quarantined areas and health-related checkpoints. The development of the SOPs was a consultative process engaging key stakeholders including the Sierra Leone Police, The Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and civil society

  • 25 Nov 2014
    Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every continent, and in every country. According to the World Health Organization, gender-based violence kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as does cancer. Its toll on women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.

  • 14 Nov 2014
    Red flags raised as Ebola set to reverse development gains – UN study finds

    Sierra Leone must be braced for the social and economic shock resulting from the Ebola crisis, according to a new study co-sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

  • 07 Nov 2014
    Reaching out to people living with disabilities in Sierra Leone

    “That is the first case for the disabled people since Ebola came. So we need prayers and we need to protect ourselves, you see,” said Matilda Kadiatu Kamara, chairperson of the Polio Persons’ Development Association in Makeni.

  • 03 Nov 2014
    Ebola crisis draining development budgets in West Africa, study finds

    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is impairing the ability of governments to raise revenues, increasing their exposure to domestic and foreign debts and may make them more dependent on aid, according to the latest study on the socio-economic impact of the crisis carried out by the UN development agency.

  • 30 Oct 2014
    Ebola survivors given safety net in Sierra Leone

    When Saio Samura, a 38-year old driver in Freetown, Sierra Leone, died eight days after contracting the Ebola virus disease (EVD), all of his personal effects and household items were burned. This left his widow, M’balu, and their three children grappling with not only their grief and fear of infection, but also with an empty house.

  • 13 Oct 2014
    UNDP calls for greater community involvement to combat Ebola in West Africa

    Local associations hold the key to beating Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said UN development officials as they completed their visit to Freetown.

  • 25 Sep 2014
    Ebola campaign in deprived communities reaches over half a million people.

    While a successful three-day national stay at home Ebola campaign in which 80% of households were reached has ended, an intensive door-to-door Ebola campaign continues in Freetown. Initiated and led by the Disaster Management Department (DMD) in the Office of National Security, with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the campaign focuses on the most densely populated and deprived communities in Freetown and had started before the three days stay-at-home national campaign

  • 25 Sep 2014
    Urgent action needed on Ebola to prevent reversal of years of development gains

    Massive assistance for affected countries is needed to prevent Ebola from shutting down economies and reversing years of development efforts, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at a high-level event at the United Nations on the deadly disease.

  • 23 Sep 2014
    High-level meeting on response to Ebola

    The Secretary-General will convene a High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak on Thursday, 25 September 2014, at 11 a.m.

  • 08 Sep 2014
    UNDP engages bike riders in campaign against Ebola

    Commercial motorbike riders have launched an intensive awareness raising campaign that seeks to reach between 150,000 and 200,000 people over a two month period in Freetown after receiving training from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) last week in Freetown.

  • 26 Aug 2014
    UN scales up Ebola intervention

    The UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola, Dr David Nabarro has said that the whole UN system in Sierra Leone will scale up its operation to help the Government of Sierra Leone stop the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

  • 18 Aug 2014
    UN launches $18m additional appeal for Ebola response

    The United Nations in Sierra Leone has said today that an additional $18 million is needed to bolster the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in halting the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The disease has now spread to 12 of 13 districts in the country with a cumulative total of more than 800 EVD cases and 350 deaths.