UNDP, Red Cross to help reintegrate Ebola burial teamsAug 17, 2015For a year, 800 out of 2,300 burial workers, infection control and prevention volunteers will receive psychosocial counselling and vocational and skills training so they can find new jobs and reintegrate their communities. They worked at the frontlines, and played a vital role in slowing down the epidemic. But many of them suffered extreme stress, and are still being stigmatized.
United Nations chief's message on the International Day of YouthAug 12, 2015As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions. Youth movements and student groups are challenging traditional power structures and advocating a new social contract between States and societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media as never before.
USD 1.9 million post-Ebola project to re-skill burial team workers kick starts.Aug 10, 2015The Reintegration of Sierra Leone Red Cross Volunteers project, to the tune of USD 1.975.639, will initially target about 800 Red Cross frontline responders of the more than 2,300 active volunteer. These Red Cross Safe and Dignified Burial team volunteers come from myriad of backgrounds and geographic areas, including students and unemployed youths. They were at the forefront in the Ebola response and were instrumental in halting the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, but suffered great psychological stress and stigma from their work. As the Ebola response winds down and hazard pay draws to a close, some of them would be without jobs, and those of school-going age would return to school.
Solar energy gets a boost in Sierra LeoneAug 3, 2015Aiming to start changing behaviors, the programme also distributed solar lanterns and radios to staff, to generally promote the use of solar energy and to boost staff welfare, health and security, especially as some of the neighbourhoods where staff members live can go for days, sometimes weeks, without electricity. A total of 200 solar lanterns and radios were distributed to UN staff in Freetown.
“Small arms pose a great threat to society” as Sierra Leone launches weapons collection in border areas. Jul 31, 2015The project launch which attracted local authorities, government officials, security officials, civil society organizations and development partners is a pilot weapons collection programme that will target border towns and villages in ECCOWAS countries including Niger, Mali, Guinea, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone. It hopes to collect arms in exchange for development activities, which would be made possible through the 5.6 Million Euros funding from the European Union.
Climate change might undermine decades of development gains.Jul 23, 2015According to analyses done in 2012 for the development of Sierra Leone’s Second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change will lead to severe consequences in Sierra Leone including: decreased agricultural productivity, degradation of the coastline and damage to coastal structures, a shift from tropical rain forest to dry forest, food and nutrition insecurity, water stress and severe economic impacts that will undermine decades of development gains.
Ebola Response and Recovery Jul 20, 2015The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been the worst of its kind in recorded history. Over 11 thousand people, including over 3,900 in Sierra Leone.
UNDP and Panasonic step up their support for Ebola-affected communitiesJul 17, 2015The lamps were distributed during the second week of July, based on the needs of each community. The solar lanterns are the only source of bright light for many households in some of Ebola-affected communities and the project picked households who are either quarantined or recovering from the epidemic.
International community pledges US$5 billion for Ebola recoveryJul 10, 2015The international community has pledged more than five billion dollars to support Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in their efforts to recover from the devastating effects of Ebola, at a high level United Nations Conference in New York today (Friday).
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