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  • 19 Mar 2015
    Rebuilding Sierra Leone’s health care begins with eco-friendly disposal of medical waste

    A delegation from the Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) celebrated the installation of an autoclave used for the safe disposal of medical waste at the Goderich Emergency Surgical and Paediatric Hospital just outside Freetown.

  • 19 Feb 2015
    UNDP Chief vows to stand with Sierra Leone

    Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) wrapped up her three-day trip to Sierra Leone on Wednesday. During her time in Freetown, Ms Clark met with His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma to discuss the last push to get to zero Ebola cases and UNDP’s role in that fight during the transition into the recovery period.

  • 19 Feb 2015
    Moving to zero cases must still be top priority in Ebola-affected countries

    At the end of a seven-day visit to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three epicenter countries of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said that moving to zero cases of the disease must remain the top priority response to the outbreak.

  • 18 Feb 2015
    Financial literacy for Ebola response workers commences

    The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC), in partnership with United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released the Financial Literacy Communication Intervention for Ebola Response Workers (ERWs).

  • 16 Feb 2015
    UNDP Chief arrives in Sierra Leone for a three-day visit

    Helen Clark, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) arrives in Freetown Monday 16 February for a three-day visit. Her visit to Sierra Leone comes in part of a one-week call on the three most-affected countries by the Ebola virus disease: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Administrator kicked off her visit to Sierra Leone this evening. Over the next few days, she will meet with His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, as well as Ebola survivors, people living with disabilities and communities who have endured the Ebola crisis. She will also visit UNDP’s Ebola response projects in the country.

  • 10 Feb 2015
    UNDP Support enhances media to fight Ebola

    The largest network of independent radio stations in Sierra Leone – the Independent Radio Network (IRN) was renowned for its work during elections, but when the Ebola epidemic struck, it was forced to move away from its comfort zone of providing non-partisan news about elections and election results to tackling the Ebola scourge.

  • 03 Feb 2015
    Ending Ebola and boosting business in Sierra Leone

    A UNDP supported Ebola awareness training and small-grants programme has given business owners like Ms. Kamara the tools they need to bring back clients and teach them how to keep safe.

  • 28 Jan 2015
    Innovative payment technology for Ebola response workers launched

    The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has this week launched a national exercise to implement the revised Hazard Policy aimed at re-classifying Ebola Response Workers (ERWs) based on real risks and further ensuring fiduciary sustainability and compliance.

  • 20 Jan 2015
    UNDP-led mission marks shift to recovery in Ebola affected West Africa

    A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-led mission to pinpoint critical areas of support needed to help the nations most affected by Ebola start their recoveries concluded on Tuesday in Sierra Leone. While the main aim for the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and the international community remains ending the epidemic, the mission marks the start of a shift towards recovery and longer term support as case numbers and deaths drop across the region.

  • 15 Jan 2015
    An inter-agency mission kicks off Ebola Recovery Assessment in Sierra Leone

    An inter-agency team has begun an Ebola Recovery Assessment (ERA) mission in Sierra Leone as part of international efforts to partner with Governments to address the impacts of the EVD crisis in the affected countries.

  • 24 Dec 2014
    Mobile money for 16,000 Ebola workers

    For the third installment of their hazard pay entitlement, Sesay and her national colleagues, some 16,000 recipients across Sierra Leone, received text messages on their phones: how much money to expect and where to pick it up with a security code.

  • 22 Dec 2014
    UNDP begin eco-friendly disposal of Ebola medical waste

    With support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Sierra Leone has begun to use new, environmentally-friendly sterilizing equipment to help dispose of the vast amounts of contaminated protective equipment and infectious waste generated in treating Ebola patients.

  • 10 Dec 2014
    UNDP marks Human Rights Day with a spotlight on front line Ebola workers

    Anderson Bangura pulls on a yellow jumpsuit. His colleague ties the string behind his neck. The team is getting ready to move a body. A man died earlier that day from the Ebola virus disease at the Lumley Government Hospital in Freetown. The burial team will take his body from the morgue to the grave site.

  • 01 Dec 2014
    Payment of Ebola workers essential for successful response and recovery, says UNDP

    To strengthen the battle against Ebola, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is working with the authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to coordinate payments for thousands of treatment centre staff, lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams.

  • 25 Nov 2014
    2000 security personnel trained on new procedures for Ebola quarantines

    To contribute to the halt of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone, the Office of National Security (ONS), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has facilitated the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the correct management of quarantined areas and health-related checkpoints. The development of the SOPs was a consultative process engaging key stakeholders including the Sierra Leone Police, The Sierra Leone Armed Forces, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone and civil society

  • 25 Nov 2014
    Statement by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every continent, and in every country. According to the World Health Organization, gender-based violence kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as does cancer. Its toll on women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.

  • 14 Nov 2014
    Red flags raised as Ebola set to reverse development gains – UN study finds

    Sierra Leone must be braced for the social and economic shock resulting from the Ebola crisis, according to a new study co-sponsored by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund.

  • 07 Nov 2014
    Reaching out to people living with disabilities in Sierra Leone

    “That is the first case for the disabled people since Ebola came. So we need prayers and we need to protect ourselves, you see,” said Matilda Kadiatu Kamara, chairperson of the Polio Persons’ Development Association in Makeni.

  • 03 Nov 2014
    Ebola crisis draining development budgets in West Africa, study finds

    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 latest study on the socio-economic impact of the crisis carried out by the UN development agency.

  • 30 Oct 2014
    Ebola survivors given safety net in Sierra Leone

    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 infection, but also with an empty house.