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04 Nov 2017 description

Geneva, 20 October 2017 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is outraged at evidence of fraud during its 2014-2016 Ebola operations in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

IFRC has zero tolerance for fraud and is committed to full transparency and accountability to our partners and the communities we stand with. This fraud must not in any way diminish the tremendous courage and dedication of thousands of volunteers and staff during the Ebola response who worked tirelessly to save countless lives and support families.

18 Aug 2017 description

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).

18 Aug 2017 description

A distraught mother stands at the entrance of the morgue at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is looking for her son, who is missing, feared dead after devastating mudslides, caused by torrential rain ripped through the capital on Monday.

Thousands of Freetown residents queue here, trying their best to deal with the grim reality that in a matter of hours or maybe minutes, they could be identifying the body of a loved one. Many of these people will find themselves the only surviving member of their family.

16 Aug 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A deadly torrential rain caused mudslides on 14 August in Sierra Leone, resulted in heavy destruction and numerous fatalities in hillside towns of Freetown. The most severe mudslides occurred in the eastern part of Racecourse, in the outskirts of Regent and Lumley area of the Sierra Leone capital. Further rain is expected in coming days and more areas are likely to be affected.

15 Aug 2017 description

Red Cross staff and volunteers are frantically working alongside emergency officials to rescue survivors and assist desperate communities that have lost their homes and loved ones in yesterday’s mudslides in and around the capital Freetown.

The most severe mudslides – triggered by three days of heavy rains – occurred yesterday in the coastal suburb of Racecourse on the city’s eastern edge, as well as in Regent and Lumley where thousands of makeshift settlements are home to the city’s poorest communities.

14 Aug 2017 description

Red Cross volunteers are digging for survivors and supporting distraught families in the wake of heavy flooding and mudslides that have ripped through Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.

Current estimates indicate that as many as 3,000 have been made homeless, although this figure is expected to rise as the picture becomes clearer.

Abdul Nasir, the Programme Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been working alongside these teams, and has described the devastation:

06 Jul 2017 description

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

22 Jun 2017 description

A new study suggests that Red Cross volunteers potentially averted more than 10,000 cases of Ebola during the 2013-2016 West Africa outbreak. The study measures for the first time the amazing impact of safe and dignified burial (SDB) teams, and highlights the incredibly important role of community health workers during a health emergency.

26 Jan 2017 description

Date of launch: 20 January, 2017

Number of people affected: 50,000

Number of people to be assisted: 10,000 people (with NFI distribution to 1,150 families/5,750 people, hygiene promotion to 3,600 families/10,000 people in addition to those reached through the health facilities and distribution of awareness materials)

SITUATION ANALYSIS

Description of the disaster

25 Jan 2017 description

By Moustapha Diallo, IFRC

Hasinatu Camara’s baby boy is crying incessantly. He is certainly hungry. Camara frantically rummages through her skilfully tied up pieces of luggage, to reach for her baby’s food.

Camara is one of the 95 refugees staying in a hall, at the premises of the Olympic swimming pool, in Dakar, Senegal.

Together with her husband, Hakim, and her son, she fled The Gambia due uncertainty and a potential military intervention, following the recent post-electoral political crisis—in the West African country.

12 Jan 2017 description

Combined Monthly Ebola Operations Update No 37 (1)

10 January 2017

Current situation

From the time of the confirmation of the initial cases of the current West Africa Ebola outbreak in Guinea in March 2014, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, comprising National Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, the IFRC Secretariat and the International Committee of the Red Cross have been an essential part of the extensive global effort mobilized to stop the epidemic.

22 Dec 2016 description

1. Summary

In November 2015, more than 1,000 Cuban nationals were reported to be camped out at the Paso Canoas border crossing with Panama. In view of requirements for entering the country and the fact that these migrants did not meet them, a significant amount of people began to congregate in this border community, taking to living in the streets while they waited for a solution to their immigration status. The Costa Rican government issued permits allowing migrants to enter the country and continue on their way to the United States.

07 Sep 2016 description

Combined Monthly Ebola Operations Update
No 36
30 August 2016

Current epidemiological situation, country-specific information + Post-Ebola systems strengthening

25 Aug 2016 description

Psychosocial support (PSS) has been one of the five pillars of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

As the Ebola operation gradually moves from response to recovery, there are growing experiences in terms of understanding the psychosocial needs of beneficiaries, staff, and volunteers, and in implementing psychosocial support inter-ventions for beneficiaries in the context of Ebola.