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- 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
ABIDJAN/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 December 2017 – More than four decades into the HIV epidemic, four in five children living with HIV in West and Central Africa are still not receiving life-saving antiretroviral therapy, and AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 15-19 are on the rise, according to a new report released today.
On 14 August, heavy rains, a mudslide and flash floods destroyed hundreds of homes and left many dead, injured or missing in Sierra Leone. In all, more than 500 houses were buried and destroyed and some 6000 people were severely affected. So far, more than 500 bodies have been recovered, with the number expected to rise. A mass burial for 300 people brought the country together and hardened the commitment to collectively recover from the tragedy.
Harnessing the collective strengths of the UN system to improve the health of women, children and adolescents everywhere
Only 1.8 million people of the 6.5 million people living with HIV in western and central Africa were on antiretroviral therapy at the end of 2015. This 28% treatment coverage of people living with HIV in the region contrasts with the 54% coverage in eastern and southern Africa in the same year.
The floods affected three districts-Freetown, Bo and Pujehun
Total number registered as internally displaced persons in the districts is over 19,000 with over 70% situated in Freetown and Atouga; 17% in Bo and 10% in Pujehun based on reports received from MOHS
A total of 9 deaths have also been reported
Within the three districts, health facilities were greatly affected with medical supplies and commodities washed away or destroyed
Selon l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé, l'épidémie d'Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest a déjà coûté la vie à 8 800 personnes. Près de 500 d'entre elles étaient des professionnels de santé. Cependant, le pire est passé : moins d'une centaine de nouveaux cas ont été signalés dans la semaine jusqu'au 25 janvier et la riposte internationale vise désormais moins à ralentir la transmission qu'à mettre un terme à l'épidémie.
The World Health Organization reports that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has so far claimed 8800 lives. Almost 500 of the dead were health-care workers. However, the worst is over—fewer than 100 new cases were reported in the week up to 25 January and the international response is now moving from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic.
As the number of new Ebola infections continues to fall in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, survivors are organizing themselves in associations and groups to facilitate their reintegration and rehabilitation in the community.
The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa has primarily affected Guinea,
Liberia and Sierra Leone. Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain and United States of America have also reported cases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 13 703 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of EVD were reported up to 27 October and there have been 4920 confirmed deaths. At least one in 20 of the people who died were reported to have been health workers.
The Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS, Luiz Loures paid a recent visit to Sierra Leone, one of the countries most affected by Ebola, to offer UNAIDS’ support to the government of Sierra Leone in responding to the outbreak. Dr Loures saw first-hand the impact the virus was having on the health system and assessed the impact the weakened infrastructure was having on the wider population, including people living with HIV.
The recent past has witnessed an unprecedented Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak that has affected countries in West Africa and beyond.
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma stressed his commitment to increasing women’s participation in his government during an event on 8 March, celebrating International Women’s Day in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He said that the many appointments of women to high positions his government has sent “a clear message that discrimination against women no longer has a place in Sierra Leone.”
The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma has launched a national campaign to prevent new HIV infections among children called “Bon Pikin Wae Nor Get HIV” (Give Birth to Life without HIV).