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  • 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.

  • 13 Oct 2014
    UNDP calls for greater community involvement to combat Ebola in West Africa

    Local associations hold the key to beating Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said UN development officials as they completed their visit to Freetown.

  • 25 Sep 2014
    Ebola campaign in deprived communities reaches over half a million people.

    While a successful three-day national stay at home Ebola campaign in which 80% of households were reached has ended, an intensive door-to-door Ebola campaign continues in Freetown. Initiated and led by the Disaster Management Department (DMD) in the Office of National Security, with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the campaign focuses on the most densely populated and deprived communities in Freetown and had started before the three days stay-at-home national campaign

  • 25 Sep 2014
    Urgent action needed on Ebola to prevent reversal of years of development gains

    Massive assistance for affected countries is needed to prevent Ebola from shutting down economies and reversing years of development efforts, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at a high-level event at the United Nations on the deadly disease.

  • 23 Sep 2014
    High-level meeting on response to Ebola

    The Secretary-General will convene a High-level Meeting on Response to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak on Thursday, 25 September 2014, at 11 a.m.

  • 08 Sep 2014
    UNDP engages bike riders in campaign against Ebola

    Commercial motorbike riders have launched an intensive awareness raising campaign that seeks to reach between 150,000 and 200,000 people over a two month period in Freetown after receiving training from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) last week in Freetown.

  • 26 Aug 2014
    UN scales up Ebola intervention

    The UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola, Dr David Nabarro has said that the whole UN system in Sierra Leone will scale up its operation to help the Government of Sierra Leone stop the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

  • 18 Aug 2014
    UN launches $18m additional appeal for Ebola response

    The United Nations in Sierra Leone has said today that an additional $18 million is needed to bolster the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in halting the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The disease has now spread to 12 of 13 districts in the country with a cumulative total of more than 800 EVD cases and 350 deaths.

  • 07 Aug 2014
    Ebola could set back development, says UN

    The UN says action will be needed to protect vulnerable communities and their development achievements from the potential long-term effects of Ebola in West Africa. The largest ever outbreak of the disease has now claimed hundreds of lives in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with a few cases in Nigeria.

  • 25 Jul 2014
    David McLachlan-Karr: Statement on the National Launch of 2014 Human Development Report

    The 2014 Human Development Report highlights the need for promoting people’s choices and protecting human development achievements. It takes the view that vulnerability threatens human development and, unless it is systematically addressed, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable.

  • 25 Jul 2014
    Sierra Leone moves one place up the human development index but inequality and multidimensional poverty still very high

    Sierra Leone has moved one place up in the latest Human Development Report from 184th to 183rd, a marginal increase but the highest increase among the Mano River Union (MRU) and G7+ countries but multidimensional poverty and inequality is among the highest in the world despite recent high economic growth according to the latest report launched in Tokyo and later in Freetown last week. The report states that while income poverty is 52.9%, 72.7% of Sierra Leoneans are multidimensional poor, among the highest in the world and comes amidst the potentially devastating Ebola health shock.

  • 24 Jul 2014
    2014 Human Development Report

    “Africa is enjoying higher levels of economic growth and well-being, but insecurity, as well as natural or human-induced disasters, persists in some parts of the region,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “Withstanding crises and protecting the most vulnerable, who are the most affected, are key to ensuring development progress is sustainable and inclusive.”

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Partners assess UNDP’s contribution to development results

    John Sumaila, Development Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) said UNDP has been a strong pillar in supporting the Government’s development and economic transformation agenda with technical and development expertise.

  • 25 Jun 2014
    David McLachlan-Karr: UN Resident Coordinator's statement to the press

    I am delighted to be here. It is very exciting to be part of this critical juncture in Sierra Leone’s unfolding history and it is a real honour to have the opportunity to address all the political parties at the start of your deliberations on what a future constitution of Sierra Leone should look like.

  • 17 Jun 2014
    UNDP Director calls for the constitutional review process to enhance lasting peace.

    United Nations Development Programme visiting Assistant Secretary General Jordan Ryan has told members of Sierra Leone’s Constitutional Review Committee that the review of the 1991 constitution will ensure that “Sierra Leone continues on the path of lasting peace and democracy” in Freetown, June 17th 2014.