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Ebola survivors given safety net in Sierra Leone

29 Oct 2014

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 infectmore

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U.S. Pledges $10 Million to UNDP’s Response to Syria Crisis

28 Oct 2014

Berlin, Germany– The United States has pledged $10 million to the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) project supporting communities hosting Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard announced the pledge more

Statement on the death of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) member of civilian personnel

14 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has lost a dedicated member of its UN civilian personnel to Ebola. AbdelFadeel Basheer Mohamad, citizen of the Republic of Sudan, is survived by his wife and nine children. Mr Basheer was serving as a UN Volunteer Medical Laboratory Techmore

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Top United Nations Development officials to visit Ebola-affected countries

03 Oct 2014

New York City, USA – 3 October 2014 - UNDP is carrying out a high-level mission to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal, aiming to boost efforts to contain Ebola outbreak while helping to preserve essential services and livelihoods. The crisis is continuing to cause not only immediate health more

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Oscar-winning artist Jared Leto, UNDP and partners call for continued support for Haiti

02 Oct 2014

New York, USA - Thousands of fans joined actor, musician and philanthropist Jared Leto to discuss the challenges and advances in Haiti during a fundraising concert and conversation held on 30 September. The Oscar-winning actor invited UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Programme (UNDmore

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Door-to-door campaign reaches over half a million people in Sierra Leone’s deprived communities

30 Sep 2014

Freetown, Sierra Leone - Following a three-day national “stay at home” initiative to contain the spread of Ebola, Sierra Leone is pursuing an intensive door-to-door campaign in the capital Freetown to educate people on how the virus spreads and what to do to prevent it. Initiated last week, and led more

International Forum Calls for Focus on Disaster Recovery

10 Sep 2014

September 10, 2014, Washington D.C. – Globally, natural disasters have caused damages of nearly $4 trillion over the past 30 years—and the frequency and intensity of these powerful storms, droughts and earthquakes continue to rise. Leaders from developing countries, civil society, private sector andmore

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São Tomé and Príncipe: Early warning systems protect farmers and fishermen

27 Aug 2014

In some places, climate change may appear in subtle ways. Not so in São Tomé and Príncipe, where climate change brings severe and dangerous weather conditions. Storm surges, torrential rains, flash floods, and increasing fog and wind have created hazardous conditions for fishermen and farmers alike.more

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Protecting displaced people in South Sudan

19 Aug 2014

Peter Gatkuoth Biel, has been elected to represent people displaced by the conflict in South Sudan – at a United Nations-run camp in Juba. He casts a concerned look at the hundreds of women, men and children who have gathered in his compound. There are more than 14,000 in the camp, and the burgeoninmore

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UNDP steps up Ebola fight in Liberia as UN issues programme to tackle national emergency

11 Aug 2014

USD 33 million are needed to help UN agencies to tackle the disease Issuing a comprehensive joint programme, the United Nations system in Liberia today said up to USD 33 million  were needed to support Liberia’s national response to the Ebola disease. The appeal aims to cover a vast number ofmore