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New UN appeal for Syria looks beyond humanitarian response

18 Dec 2014

Berlin – The dramatic economic and social consequences of the Syria crisis on that country and its neighbors demands not only a well-funded regional humanitarian and development response, said UNDP Associate Administrator Gina Casar today in Berlin as she launched a new regional appeal for Syria andmore

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Community volunteers in Liberia are limiting the spread of Ebola

09 Dec 2014

The number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia is decreasing each day and community volunteers’ work has contributed substantially to this result. UNDP Liberia has recruited 1,300 volunteers who are being paid $80 per month to go door to door, every day in their communities, to track down anyone who shmore

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Philippines: Improved emergency communication blunts impact of typhoon Hagupit

08 Dec 2014

In Tacloban City, Philippines, the past served as a lesson for the present, in the form of a simple communications system. As residents and city officials braced for the worst from Typhoon Hagupit there were nagging fears from the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), a little over a yearmore

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Expanding the Ranks of Qualified Disaster Risk Reduction Specialists

05 Dec 2014

Lund, Sweden – Participants from across the UN System gather in Lund this week for an inter-agency training on better disaster risk reduction. In total, 24 participants from five UN agencies participated in the training, which was organized by Lund University and the Capacity for Disaster Reduction more

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UNDP assisting Mali to contain the Ebola epidemic

03 Dec 2014

The United Nations Development Programme, working closely with the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), has stepped up its effort to help Mali stem the progression of the Ebola virus disease. UNDP has allocated one million dollars toward helping the government treat patients, monitor thmore

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Ebola: UNDP reaching out to Guineans, one household at a time

25 Nov 2014

With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), religious leaders in N'Zérékoré, in the heart of Guinea’s forest region where the West African Ebola outbreak first appeared, have taken the lead in informing their citizens on how to prevent the disease. Together with political leadmore

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Ebola is throwing Liberian economy into a dangerous downspin

20 Nov 2014

Liberia could experience negative GDP growth for the first time since the war ended 11 years ago unless urgent action is taken to stimulate the economy. Liberia was one of the fastest growing economies in the world last year, but recent projections show that the country’s growth could be going backwmore

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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

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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

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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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