UNDP's Ebola Response: Sierra Leone
The Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic in Sierra Leone has seen a sharp rise and is now prevalent in densely populated urban areas, which is putting pressure on health services and could threaten peace and stability. In addition, the impact on the economy has been considerable. For instance, agriculture, which makes
up 57% of Sierra Leone’s GDP, has suffered due to movement restrictions, limited access to markets and reduced investments. As a result, cocoa and coffee production, which account for 90% of agricultural exports, has declined and so has activity in mining and the services industry. With increased unemployment,
household incomes have dropped by 29.7% in six months, exacerbating poverty and putting additional stress on women who are often responsible for taking care of families and communities.