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29 Dec 2015 description
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  • On 18 December 2015, Sierra Leone observed the day of Recognition of Ebola workers. The day was celebrated as a national holiday. A ceremony, hosted by H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, was held to mark the event and attended by UNICEF, international partners, the diplomatic community and local representatives. UNICEF Sierra Leone was awarded a gold medal for services rendered during the Ebola response.

18 Dec 2015 description
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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Continuity of efforts on the provinces of Katanga and South Kivu.

15 Dec 2015 description
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La conférence de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre sur le financement du secteur de l’eau et de l’assainissement vise à obtenir davantage de fonds

DAKAR, Sénégal, 15 décembre 2015 – Quelque 180 000 enfants de moins de 5 ans meurent chaque année – soit à peu près 500 par jour – en Afrique subsaharienne à cause de maladies diarrhéiques imputables au manque de services d’eau, d’assainissement et d’hygiène (WASH), a déclaré l’UNICEF avant l’ouverture d’une conférence sur le financement du secteur à Dakar.

12 Dec 2015 description
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By Harriet Mason

With the devastating Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone now over, a longstanding health crisis comes back into focus: malnutrition. Through a community-based approach, UNICEF and its partners are supporting the effort to reach every village with treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition.

28 Nov 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Following the declaration by WHO on the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on 7 November 2015, UNICEF continues to support the Government of Sierra Leone in ensuring that vigilance is maintained, through social mobilization efforts, systems strengthening in the areas of health, education and WASH, and support to Community Care Centers and Observational Interim Care Centers, amongst others.

26 Nov 2015 description
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By Indrias Getachew Kassaye

After losing his parents and siblings to the Ebola virus, a boy longs to get back to school – even if his school uniform has grown too short.

PATE BANA MARANK, Sierra Leone, 25 November 2015 – John Kamara is growing fast, as he should be at 13 years old. But as the delayed second school term resumes across Sierra Leone, the one school uniform John owns no longer fits.

11 Nov 2015 description
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By John James

With the World Health Organization declaration on Saturday that the 18-month Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone was officially over, it was a poignant weekend. On Sunday morning, when the champagne glasses hadn’t yet been cleaned, the crowds were still dispersing from the overnight beach parties, and the church congregations were dancing and clapping in jubilation, we were back on the road for a traditional reconciliation ceremony in one of the capital’s former Ebola hotspots.

09 Nov 2015 description
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 7 November 2015 – The WHO declaration marking the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone today is welcomed by UNICEF as a major victory for the large-scale and coordinated 18-month response. But enhanced surveillance must continue so that the country is ready for any possible future outbreaks, and work must also intensify to support those affected by the outbreak and to build a resilient recovery.

08 Nov 2015 description
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By Indrias G. Kassaye

A theatre group in Sierra Leone uses comedy to share the message that Ebola may be almost gone, but awareness is still a matter of life and death.

PORT LOKO DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 6 November 2015 – Pa Jonsin is having a crisis. His son Junior has come home shaking with fever, and when the boy vomits, panic ensues.

Fortunately this is not real life, but a theatrical drama unfolding in front of an audience in Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom.

06 Nov 2015 description
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Highlights:

· No new cases were reported in Sierra Leone in the period from 15 to 28 October 2015. If no further cases are reported, the end of the outbreak will be declared on 8 November 2015. UNICEF and partners continue to reinforce messaging around the need to remain vigilant and keep practicing safe behaviours.

25 Oct 2015 description
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Alerte en RDC: Propagation vers l’Ouest à partir de Kindu le long du fleuve Congo

Les flambées des cas de choléra qui ont débuté à la semaine 35 dans la province de Maniema en RDC ne faiblissent pas.

Cette province a rapporté plus de 3000 cas en 6 semaines avec 82 décès. Actuellement 9 districts situés le long du Fleuve Congo sont affectés dont 3 districts (Kindu, Kailo. Alunguli) plus sévèrement touchées et rapportent environ 95% des cas.

21 Oct 2015 description
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By Indrias G Kassaye / 21 October 2015

The September floods in Freetown, Sierra Leone were devastating and the areas worst affected were coastal slums where residents are already extremely poor and vulnerable.

19 Oct 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • No new cases were reported in Sierra Leone in the period from 30 September to 14 October 2015. All 763 contacts in the district of Bombali were released from quarantine on 4 October 2015.

  • Sierra Leone begun the 42-day countdown to zero on 28 September 2015. If no further cases are reported, the country is expected to achieve Ebola free status on 8 November 2015. UNICEF and partners continue to reinforce messaging around the need to remain vigilant and keep practicing safe behaviours.

12 Oct 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • No new cases were reported in Sierra Leone in the period from 17 to 30 September 2015.

  • The Guinean district of Forécariah, at the border with Sierra Leone, reported four new cases on 26 and 27 September 2015, more than 42 days after the last confirmed case. There were more than 300 contacts under follow-up in Forécariah as of 27 September 2015. In light of the proximity to the district of Kambia, social mobilization activities have been reinforced to sensitize border communities on Ebola related messaging.