UNDP Chief to Visit Ebola Epicenter Countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
WHO: UNDP Administrator Helen Clark
WHAT: Official Visit to Ebola Epicenter Countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone
WHEN: 11 - 18 February 2015
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will visit the three countries most affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 11-18 February. The visit is to affirm the UN’s continued commitment to addressing the ongoing crisis, and support for the recovery process.
The socio-economic impact of Ebola will last long after the disease has been brought under control. The epidemic is affecting the means of making a living of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable people in countries which have only recently emerged from conflict or political instability. The crisis has also fueled stigmatization and brought about further social and economic hardship.
In response to the governments’ expressed need to begin laying the foundations for recovery alongside the ongoing response to the disease, the UN Secretary-General has tasked UNDP with leading the UN system on Ebola-related recovery. UNDP is working with the national authorities; and local, regional and international partners, including the African Development Bank, the European Union and the World Bank, on an Ebola Recovery Assessment, and in support of national EVD recovery strategies.
As part of the overall response, UNDP’s recovery programmes are focused on four pillars: economic opportunities and jobs; recovery of the health sector; resilient governance for recovery, peace and stability; and risk management to deal with any future outbreaks.
Helen Clark is scheduled to hold press conferences in Conakry on 13 February, in Monrovia on 16 February, and in Freetown on 17 February.
Click here to find out more about UNDP’s work on the Ebola crisis and recovery.
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