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27 Aug 2015 description

UN Agency Updates


From August 10-11 IOM Sierra Leone welcomed Mr. Mohammed Abdiker, Director - Department of Operations and Emergencies and Dr. Davide Mosca, Director - Migration Health Division, at IOM HQ Geneva as well as representatives from the IOM Regional Office in Dakar on a consultative mission. High level meetings were held with the UN Resident Coordinator, WHO Country Representative, and Minister of Health, US CDC and USAID OFDA.

22 Aug 2015 description

Freetown, 19 August 2015- The UN Country Team (UNCT) in Sierra Leone is shocked by the report that an 18-year-old girl, Hannah Bockarie, was brutally raped and murdered on 13 August 2015 at Lumley Beach, Freetown. The UNCT condemns this horrendous act in the strongest terms and it calls on the Sierra Leone Government to conduct a prompt, thorough and independent investigation into the girl’s death and to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice.

The UN Team conveys it heartfelt sympathy to Hannah’s mother and family.

12 Aug 2015 description

UN Agency Updates


In response to the new case from Tonkolili, IOM’s health and humanitarian border management project will expand vehicle checkpoint health screening to the Makeni-Tonkolili and Masiaka-Mile 91 highways beginning this week with a rapid deployment of 5 monitors from the Lungi Airport operation and 32 District Health Management Team members.

22 Jul 2015 description

UN Agency Updates


A high level delegation from IOM HQ, Regional Office Dakar and US CDC is visiting Sierra Leone from 10-14 July as part of a West Africa assessment tour of IOM’s Health and Humanitarian Border Management programming.

Delegates have assessed health screening and flow monitoring operations in Kambia and Freetown with colleagues from WHO and identified areas for future collaboration.

IOM’s Magazine Wharf outbreak response is entering week 3 with a commitment of 8 training staff to work in 8 area PHUs.

16 Apr 2015 description

14 April 2015, Freetown- The United Nations in Sierra Leone notes the decision taken by the Government of Sierra Leone to disqualify pregnant schoolgirls from attending school and from sitting school examinations.

The United Nations wishes to remind the Government of Sierra Leone that education is a fundamental human right that Sierra Leone has committed itself to uphold. Article 4.1 of Sierra Leone’s Education Act (2004) includes the principle of non-discrimination in accessing education.

15 Jan 2015 description

Freetown, 15 January 2015-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. The principal aim of the mission is to work with Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to identify critical areas of support that will lay the foundation for early- and medium-term economic and social recovery in the post-Ebola period.