PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF THE INTER-AGENCY RAPID RESPONSE TEAMFeb 3, 2016The Inter-Agency Rapid Response Team was convened to assist the Government of Sierra Leone in the response. Incident management teams, including technical experts, equipment and supplies, were immediately deployed to rapidly shut down the chain of transmission. A total of 212 people were vaccinated to offer further protection to those who might have been exposed to the index case.
Joint Communiqué on the Establishment of the Sierra Leone Ebola Recovery Fund (SLERF)Dec 22, 2015With this National Fund now established, the Government of Sierra Leone is seeking contributions from partners including donors who pledged at UN International Ebola conference, other governments, foundations, the private sector and the public at large. To demonstrate leadership and ownership, the Government of Sierra Leone is contributing US$ 1 million into the Trust Fund.
Greater inclusion of women and youth in work will spur human development in Sub-Saharan AfricaDec 14, 2015The report, ‘Work for Human Development’, promotes sustainability and equitable and decent work for all, through encouraging governments to consider work beyond jobs—such as unpaid care, voluntary, creative work and more. Only by taking a broader view can the benefits of work be truly harnessed for human development, the report says
United Nations Secretary-General’s message on International Anti-Corruption DayDec 9, 2015The United Nations Convention against Corruption provides a comprehensive platform for governments, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and individual citizens. Through prevention, criminalization, international cooperation and assets recovery, the Convention advances global progress toward ending corruption.
Bolstering community participation in constitutional reviewDec 8, 2015In total 394 Wards have been reached with 800 community volunteers deployed on Constitutional kiosks to sensitize the public and encourage their participation through the Constitutional Review Committee’s public submission forms. The trained community volunteers assist individuals and groups to fill out submission forms as well as collect completed forms.
Statement on World AIDS Day by UNDP Administrator Helen ClarkDec 1, 2015There is reason to feel encouraged on this World AIDS Day. The world has made enormous progress - new HIV infections have fallen by 35% since 2000 and AIDS-related deaths have dropped by 42% since their peak in 2004. Today, 15.8 million people are accessing life-saving antiretroviral therapy, 2.2 million of whom are supported through the UNDP-Global Fund partnership.
Sierra Leone after Ebola, Isolation facilities to help transform prisonsNov 25, 2015Separate Isolation Units built to prevent the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone’s over-crowded prisons are now contributing to the transformation of Sierra Leone’s punitive detention facilities into rehabilitative Correctional Centres. Four new holding units built originally to serve as Ebola Isolation Units will serve new purposes in a post Ebola context in four cities in Sierra Leone – Makeni, Kenema, Bo and Freetown.
UNDP Africa launches initiative to help prevent and respond to violent extremismNov 23, 2015The four-year UNDP initiative aims to address the root causes and enabling factors of violent extremism, and proposes actions across different types of countries – those directly affected by violent extremist acts such as Kenya, Mali and Nigeria; those suffering the spill over effects, such as Cameroon and Chad; and those that could be at risk.
Sierra Leone launches first mobile financial services guidelinesNov 17, 2015Following the successful digitization of hazard payments to over 24,000 Ebola Response Workers under the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response by UNDP and UNCDF, the Government of Sierra Leone committed to advance its transition from cash to digital payments by joining the UN partnership, the Better Than Cash Alliance.
Community Policing project launched in Kambia.Nov 16, 2015With the outbreak of Ebola in the Mano River Union countries, which started in Guinea and the fact that the epidemic is still not over in Guinea, the need for strong security screening and high alert in the border areas, is not only significant for preventing any further Ebola case crossing the border, but also addressing the rising trans-national crime taking root in the West African region.
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