Reaching out to people living with disabilities in Sierra Leone

07 Nov 2014

A double-amputee from Makeni, two hours from Freetown, is the first reported member of the disabled community to die from the Ebola virus disease. Bound to a wheelchair and reliant on her family to live her life, she fell ill and died following the death of her mother and her child from Ebola. Her dmore


Ebola crisis draining development budgets in West Africa, study finds

05 Nov 2014

Investments in kick-starting economies and long-term development urgently needed New York -- 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 more


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


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


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


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


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


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