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21 Aug 2018 description
report Start Network

Summary

The monthly risk briefing provides information on global weather, volcanic, human and health events where members may consider using the Start Fund’s Crisis Anticipation Window. It reports on new, emerging or deteriorating situations; therefore, ongoing events that are considered to be unchanged are not featured and risks that are beyond the scope and scale of the Start Fund are also not featured.

23 May 2018 description
report Start Network

A global fund that provides rapid humanitarian aid for overlooked crises, is marking the second anniversary of the World Humanitarian Summit by sharing the impact of its 4th year, through its new annual report released today.

The Start Fund fills a critical gap in humanitarian financing. It pools funding from donors for immediate release for underfunded small to medium scale crises, spikes in chronic humanitarian crises, and to act in anticipation of impending crises.

15 Nov 2017 description
report Start Network

We failed this summer - let’s embrace it

by Sarah Klassen

18 Aug 2017 description
report Start Network

Thousands of vulnerable people in dire need following mudslides in Sierra Leone are to begin receiving urgent help today, following the decision yesterday by a global network of NGOs to fund six rapid-response projects.

16 Aug 2017 description

Crisis overview

Rains in Freetown started on Sunday 13 August and have continued since. At least 400 people, including at least 60 children, were killed following the collapse of a hillside in the Regent area near the capital, in Greater Freetown early on Monday morning, as many people were asleep. Since 1 July, Freetown has received triple the usual amount of rain. Most affected areas are within an area known as Regent. Three other communities were inundated, at Lumley in the west of Freetown as well as Kissy Brook and Dworzak Farm.

12 Sep 2014 description
report Start Network

Intervention Summary:

On 25 May, the worst known outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease spread to Sierra Leone. By 24 June, 163 cases and 46 deaths were reported. Since this is the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the health systems have been in urgent need of technical support to control the epidemic. Widespread fear and misunderstanding has made education and public awareness critical for prevention measures and encouraging people to seek treatment.

30 Jun 2014 description

Key points

  • The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$235,000 to UNICEF and WHO in response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The main bilateral donors providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) are the UK and the EC – both have provided funding for the crisis (DFID-US$340,000 to Sierra Leone; and EC –US$3.3 regionally).

  • From a regional perspective, the majority of funding to the Ebola crisis has been received by Guinea (US$4.07m). Liberia has received US$0.18m, while Sierra Leone has received slightly more (US$0.23m).

26 Jun 2014 description

Crisis overview

  • An Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, which started in Guinea in early 2014, has now spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of 23 June, the total cumulative number of cases reported in the three countries was 635 out of which 399 died, a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 62.8%. (WHO, 25/06/2014). Ebola patients have been identified in more than 60 separate locations across the three countries, complicating efforts to treat patients and curb the outbreak (MSF, 25/06/2014).