- 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
Regent, SIERRA LEONE – “I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air,” Martha Kamara, 28, told UNFPA, describing the floods and landslides that devastated 13 areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, last month.
Ms. Kamara is eight months pregnant from the Motormeh Community in Regent. She and two of her daughters, ages 9 and 5, survived the disaster. But her three-year-old daughter and brother both died.
“When the rescue team pulled my brother out from the mud, they pulled out his unclothed corpse and some of his body parts,” Ms. Kamara said.
Harnessing the collective strengths of the UN system to improve the health of women, children and adolescents everywhere
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over 3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray – yet the true toll of the epidemic has been even higher.
Disruptions in reproductive health care, and widespread fears about getting infected by health personnel, left thousands of women and girls without maternal health and family planning services.
An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map
Message du Directeur Régional
Les politiciens, les dirigeants et les parties prenantes d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre sont clairs. Nous devons faire passer les jeunes d’abord si nous vou- lons maîtriser le dividende démographique, établir la résilience et transformer notre région pour réaliser les objectifs de développement durable et l’Afrique que nous voulons.
Message from the Regional Director
Politicians, leaders and stakeholders across West and Central Africa are clear. We must put young people first if we are to harness the demographic dividend, build resilience and transform our region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa We Want.
A photobook on safe childbirth
HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
ACTIVITIES AT A GLANCE
UNFPA, with partners, Marie Stopes International, International Medical Corps (IMC), and Medecin du Monde, supports Ministry of Health and Sanitation clinics at National and Attouga Stadium, providing essential health services for nearly 4,000 women and children, including 100 lactating mothers, 120 Pregnant Women, and nearly 20 teen mothers.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2015 — Within 24 hours after heavy torrential monsoon rain caused unprecedented devastation in Sierra Leone, especially in the capital city on 16 September 2015, destroying property, injuring many and reportedly claiming seven lives, an estimated 4000 people have been displaced by the incident, and among them a number of pregnant women, lactating mothers and girls of reproductive age, in need of urgent care and protection.
Malabo, 20 July 2015. In an effort to provide a sub-regional scope to address cross border issues, the Mano River Union (MRU) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the margins of the International Conference on Africa’s Fight against Ebola.
The MoU provides the framework for the identification and implementation of activities to be undertaken in or by the four member states, namely Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD or Ebola, in West Africa is the longest and largest Ebola outbreak to date. In addition to the direct impact of deaths and infection from Ebola, the outbreak is exacerbating already weak health systems and threatening to reverse progress made in recent years improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, adolescent, and child health (RMNCAH) in Sierra Leone.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 12 February 2015-More than $56 million is urgently needed to provide vital reproductive, maternal and newborn health services in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
CONAKRY, Guinea – As the Ebola epidemic continues to ravage parts of West Africa, health officials are intensifying their efforts on the ground. Now included in their arsenal is a mobile phone application that promises to speed their response to the outbreak.
The app has been deployed in areas of Guinea with persistently high rates of Ebola transmission. There, it is being used to locate and track people who may have been exposed to the virus.
UNFPA is working with UN system and the international community to deliver a rapid and effective response to help the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to stop the Ebola outbreak; treat the infected; ensure essential services; and prevent further outbreaks.
UNFPA is helping stop the outbreak by supporting contact-tracing to track infected persons and refer them to the appropriate health facilities. It aims to increase the number of contact tracers in Liberia and Sierra Leone from the current 5,000 to around 20,000 in the next 60 days.
UNFPA Priority areas
- Contact tracing to control the spread of Ebola and identify cases
- Reproductive health (RH) services and midwives for safe birth and family planning
- Personal protection supplies for staff and health workers
- Social mobilization and community engagement to prevent infection and increase the use of health services
- Monitoring and preparedness for neighbouring countries
Over 800,000 women in the worst-affected countries face increased risks
MONROVIA, Liberia – Thirty-six year old Comfort Fayiah, in Monrovia, Liberia, never imagined her pregnancy would end the way it did – with her giving birth on the side of the road, in a heavy downpour, to twins.