UNDP makes emergency payments to Ebola health workers in Guinea

Dec 29, 2014

Keeping health personnel and communities actively involved seen as crucial to the response.

Conakry, Guinea --The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has made additional incentive payments to 758 health personnel working in four Ebola treatment units in Guinea, ensuring their continued engagement in saving patients.

UNDP was requested by Guinea’s National Coordination Unit against Ebola to complete existing salaries with incentive pays for the French Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and Alima, three Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Donka, Macenta, Kissidougou and Nzérékoré.

Working with the UN Mission or Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and the World Bank, UNDP supported to Ministry of Health to harmonize incentives, and ensure the USD 220,000 was deposited in local banks so that health workers could retrieve it easily. In Macenta, the payment was disbursed in cash because there was no banking facility nearby.

“Staff are motivated. UNDP has already taken important measures and have created a good strategy. This has made a fundamental difference,” said Pélé Bilivogui, General Secretary of the National Ebola Response from the Guinean Ministry of Health.

Today, as many as 8,000 workers are being paid and supported to fight Ebola and that number may eventually go up to 25,000. Keeping health and Ebola response workers involved and motivated, together with the continued involvement of communities, is key to stemming the spread of the disease.

“As many as fifteen different national and international agencies and donors are currently engaged in the process. Harmonizing this huge financial effort in a very short period of time is crucial,” said Marc Wajnsztok, the UNDP Technical Adviser for payments to Ebola Workers.

“But we must also remember that providing incentives to people who are on the frontlines is one part of the response. Communities must own this battle and persevere until Guinea can get to the bottom of this crisis”, he added.

UNDP is the lead UN agency on coordination of payments to Ebola workers, including treatment center staff and lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams, via already-existing payment systems. The agency is working with governments and partners to set up information management systems and strengthen existing payment methods as needed.

In Guinea, UNDP will assist the Guinean government in creating a platform so that payments made by the government, can continue to be delivered in full and on time.

UNDP’s response to Ebola in all three countries focuses on stronger coordination and service delivery; community mobilization and outreach; and socio-economic impact and recovery.

UNDP’s response to Ebola in all three countries focuses on stronger coordination and service delivery; community mobilization and outreach; and socio-economic impact and recovery.

Contact information

Nicolas Douillet, Communications Specialist, UNDP Africa. Tel: +1.212.906.5937. Nicolas.douillet@undp.org

Anne Kennedy, Communications Specialist, UNDP Guinea, Tel: +224 628334813 anne.kennedy@undp.org

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