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30 Sep 2016 description

Highlights

  • The logistics bases at Conakry and Nzerekore were closed in July. The construction of the new logistics base in Coyah has begun.

  • Nutrition programmes focused on moderate acute malnutrition and chronic malnutrition have continued in August. 6,000 children and pregnant and nursing women benefited from targeted supplementary feeding programmes. Nutritional assistance programmes for HIV and TB patients and their families are in preparation for August.

Operational Updates

29 Sep 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme
  • UNHRD continues to dispatch operational equipment for its Partners, most recently supporting WFP by sending ICT equipment to Freetown in Sierra Leone.

  • During the worst of the crisis, UNHRD facilities in Accra and Las Palmas served as regional staging areas and the Accra depot hosted UNMEER headquarters.

28 Sep 2016 description

Foreword

2015 was a year of transformation for the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). The adoption of the ETC2020 Strategy in the first half of the year, radically expanding the vision, scope and approach of the cluster, set the network on a much more impactful, but challenging, trajectory. 2015 was characterised by the adoption and commenced implementation of ETC2020 as well as the most concurrent emergencies ever responded to; and the invaluable contributions of its members and partners without which, the ETC would not exist.

24 Sep 2016 description

Le Plan de relance post-Ebola a été officiellement présenté aux partenaires bis et multilatéraux de la Guinée, le Vendredi 9 Décembre 2016 à l’Hôtel Noom. Le Système des Nations Unies en Guinée, à travers Mme la Coordonnatrice et les représentants de plusieurs agences dont le PNUD, l’UNICEF, le HCR, PAM l’UNESCO et autres, a pris part à cette rencontre.

24 Sep 2016 description

New York, 23 September 2016 - One year after the July 2015 International Ebola Recovery Conference organized at the United Nations, Guinea signaled its willingness to turn the Ebola page by announcing the creation of a National Post-Ebola Recovery and Resilience Trust Fund (PERRTF).

23 Sep 2016 description

Nutrition for Growth: Sierra Leone’s progress on its commitments 3 years later

Ranking 181/188 in the Human Development Index, Sierra Leone remains one of the countries with the highest maternal and infant mortality rates. According to the 2014 National Nutrition Survey, the Global Acute Malnutrition, Severe Acute Malnutrition and stunting (chronic malnutrition) rates in Sierra Leone stand at 4.7%, 1.0% and 28.8% respectively.

22 Sep 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme
  • UNHRD continues to dispatch operational equipment for its Partners, most recently supporting WFP by sending ICT equipment to Freetown in Sierra Leone.

  • During the worst of the crisis, UNHRD facilities in Accra and Las Palmas served as regional staging areas and the Accra depot hosted UNMEER headquarters.

22 Sep 2016 description

Household food availability and access is expected to improve as harvests begin

Key Messages

  • Seasonal rainfall remains significantly above-average for many parts of Sierra Leone (NOAA).

21 Sep 2016 description

Highlights

  • Assessments of the nutritional status of people living with HIV for the identification of those who need support are almost complete.

  • WFP assisted 21,000 children with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) through its targeted supplementary feeding programme (TSFP) in the four districts with the highest rates of MAM.

  • Under WFP’s Food for Assets activities, participants in two districts received food assistance for the rehabilitation of cocoa, coffee and oil palm plantations and cocoa out-plating.

19 Sep 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Timothy La Rose

When Ebola hit Guinea in 2014, the country faced many challenges to stop the spread of the virus, including a widespread rural population and numerous local languages. Learn how building a network of rural radio stations helped overcome these barriers of communication, creating valuable tools for rural communities that are still being used today.

18 Sep 2016 description
report Chatham House

Globally gender remains a key factor in differing health outcomes for men and women. This article analyses the particular relevance of gender for debates about global health and the role for international human rights law in supporting improved health outcomes during public health emergencies.

17 Sep 2016 description

Touching became forbidden; the scent of chlorine permeated the air. Whether directly or indirectly, Ebola, with its pervasive sense of abjection, affected every Sierra Leonean.

The concept of human dignity was central to how development partners, government, and the world responded to this emergency, which devastated the lives of many on a daily basis, as Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea weathered the worst health epidemic ever to hit West Africa.

14 Sep 2016 description

Access Campaign: As UN General Assembly starts, MSF urges governments to set medical research policies that align with people’s health needs

New MSF report exposes pharma industry failings and highlights new ways of researching and developing medicines that address public health needs

14 Sep 2016 description
report AlertNet

Maternal deaths were on the decline in Sierra Leone until 2013 - having halved since 1990 - then Ebola struck

By Kieran Guilbert

FREETOWN, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rushing from one pregnant woman to another in the antenatal ward of Sierra Leone's main maternity hospital, Josephine Powells, a midwifery student, is all too aware of the danger facing the dozens of expecting mothers under her care.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

13 Sep 2016 description

Highlights during the reporting week

  • Thirteen neonatal deaths reported from seven Counties

  • Eleven maternal death reported from nine Counties

  • Thirty three suspected measles cases reported from four Counties

  • No lab results received for this week

Reporting Coverage

  • 99.8 % (739/740) of expected health facilities reported from 90 health districts across 15 counties

13 Sep 2016 description

Highlights during the reporting week

  • Fourteen neonatal deaths reported from five Counties

  • Eight suspected cases of measles were reported from one community in Foya district, Lofa County .Samples were collected and vitamin A administered.

  • One maternal death reported

Reporting Coverage

  • 100 % (740/740) of expected health facilities reported from 90 health districts across 15 counties

  • 92% (83/90) districts submitted timely reports to County level