- Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
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Women and children in the West and Central Africa region remain vulnerable to a range of humanitarian crises, including lack of access to basic social services, forced displacement, drought, flooding, epidemics and acute malnutrition. Conflicts in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Lake Chad Basin have led to mass displacement, both internally and across borders. More than 8 million people across the region—more than half of whom are children—are displaced.1 The nutrition crisis in the Sahel continues to place the most marginalized children at risk.
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 4.6 million Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 26,000 people (6,000 directly and 20,000 indirectly) for a total of 18 months. With the shift in focus of the planned activities from shelter to disaster risk reduction and community resilience, the operation has been extended from 10 to 18 months.
This Emergency Appeal is being issued on preliminary basis and seeks a total of 4,637,689 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in delivering assistance to 4,800 people (800 families) affected by mudslides over 10 months. The operation will focus on the following areas of interventions: health; shelter including essential non-food items; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and restoring family links (RFL).
6.3 million people to be assisted
334,013 Swiss francs DREF allocated
64.3 million Swiss Francs current Appeal budget
1.3 million Swiss Francs funding gap
Appeal launched 26 June 2014
Revision n° 7 issued 04 July 2017
Appeal ends December 2017
Children and women in West and Central Africa remain vulnerable to multiple threats, including insecurity, conflict, drought, flooding and epidemics. In the Central African Republic and the Lake Chad basin, widespread violence and armed conflict characterized by grave human rights violations have led to mass displacement both internally and across borders.
2016 budget (in USD): US$ 3.88 million
Implementation period: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016
2016 deployments: 188 months of GenCap Adviser gender mainstreaming deployments and 12 months of Regional Gender Based Violence Adviser deployments, for a total of 200 deployment months for the project.
This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 90.5 million Swiss francs (decreased from 94 million Swiss francs) to enable the IFRC to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to deliver recovery assistance and support to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)-affected populations (including EVD survivors, orphans and vulnerable children; affected households; Red Cross and community volunteers). With available resources (including bilateral funding) of approximately 62.6m Swiss francs, the net Appeal needs are 27.9m Swiss francs to be implemented over a total timeframe of 24 months.
Regional Office 2016 Requirements: US$20,026,000
As recent media reports have highlighted, all three of the seriously affected countries – Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia – have all now been declared free of Ebola. The IFRC is therefore now revising its Regional Emergency Appeal for Ebola Global Coordination and Preparedness.
1 BACKGROUND AND JUSTIFICATION FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
1.1 Background – Floods and the Emergency Crisis in Sierra Leone
The outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa is unprecedented in its scale, severity, and complexity. More than 23,200 people have been infected by 15 February 2015, resulting in over 9,300 deaths. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are still affected by this outbreak, and are struggling to control the epidemic against a backdrop of extreme poverty, weak health systems and social customs that make breaking human-to-human transmission difficult.
The Ebola outbreak has substantially stunted development progress in the three countries. As shown in Box 1, the real growth rates in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) forecast for 2014 dropped in Guinea to an estimated 1.1 percent from 4.5 percent, in Liberia to an estimated 0.7 per cent from 5.9 percent, and in Sierra Leone to an estimated 7.1 percent from 11.3 percent.
A. Background Context
Sierra Leone is one of three countries in the Mano River Union to suffer from the worst recorded Ebola outbreak since the disease was first diagnosed in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The socio-economic impact of the disease has been devastating.
To date more than 8,000 infection cases and more than 3,000 deaths have been recorded.
Medical personnel are among the victims, with at least 295 health care workers infected and 221 dead, including 11 specialized physicians.
This revised appeal seeks a total of CHF 97m (increased from a total budget of CHF 56.8m). This amount includes CHF 44m that will enable the IFRC to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to deliver recovery assistance and support to EVD-affected populations (includes EVD survivors, orphans and vulnerable children; affected households; Red Cross and community volunteers). With available resources (including bilateral) of some CHF 50.7m, the net Appeal needs are CHF 46.2m to be implemented over a total timeframe of 45 months.
Getting Beyond Zero
From October 2014 to March 2015, UNDP’s strategic approach to the Ebola response was aligned to the United Nations’ 5 Strategic Objectives and 13 Mission Critical Actions to combat Ebola. In close partnership with UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), the United Nations Development System, governments of the three most-affected countries and other development agencies, UNDP followed a two-track approach to support and achieve the following:
1. Stopping the epidemic
2. Ensuring rapid and sustainable recovery
The overall objective of UNDP’s Sierra Leone’s Recovery Programme from the Ebola crisis is to restore livelihoods and foster socio-economic recovery for those most affected, strengthen the government’s capacity to restore essential services and to ensure a rapid return to a sustainable development path, while preserving and promoting peace, stability and social cohesion.
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 56.8m (increased from CHF 41.1m) to enable the IFRC to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to respond to the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak for 6,348,350 people. This revision represents another significant scale-up of SLRCS activities, notably in surveillance and contact tracing. The revision has been necessitated by the decision to open a second Ebola treatment centre in Kono district after an assessment carried out indicated the need and notable increase in both human and material resources.