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17 Oct 2017 description

By Harriet Mason, Communications Officer, UNICEF Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Scenic mountains surround the temporary displacement camp in which Mohamed Koroma and his two children have been living for the last four weeks. He sits on a mattress in a tent as he slowly flips through pages of a notebook. He is checking the lesson notes of his son Alpha, who has just returned from school.

25 Sep 2017 description
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• With the completion of the rapid damage and loss assessment, UNICEF is now focusing efforts on operationalization of the recovery strategy. As part of the recovery, the installation of household hold rain water harvesting systems (RWHS) continued. It is expected to benefit 2,700 households with a complete safe water package. A total of 313 RWHS have been installed (22 in Kamayama, 42 at Jah Kingdom, 24 in Pentagon, 45 in Gbamgbayila, 80 in Kaningo and 100 in Regent).

22 Sep 2017 description
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21 septembre 2017 – Seuls 15 pays dans le monde disposent des trois politiques nationales de base qui contribuent à garantir que les parents disposent du temps et des ressources nécessaires pour soutenir le développement cérébral sain de leurs jeunes enfants, selon un nouveau rapport du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) publié jeudi.

21 Sep 2017 description
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UNICEF and partners continue their efforts to support the recovery of victims in this second phase of the response.

21 Sep 2017 description
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Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF

New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development

15 Sep 2017 description

FREETOWN, 15 September 2017 – Sierra Leone’s first ever Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign kicked off today, September 15th 2017. The emergency campaign targets communities affected by Western Area’s recent floods and landslides, which left over 6,000 people displaced and caused more than 500 confirmed deaths.

15 Sep 2017 description

FREETOWN, 15 September 2017 – As Sierra Leone recovers from the recent deadly floods and mudslide in Freetown that killed over 500 people with many more still unaccounted for, 1,908 affected households will be directly supported with cash through mobile money transfers to help them meet their immediate needs.

08 Sep 2017 description
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UNICEF and partners continue their efforts to support the recovery of victims in this second phase of the response.

05 Sep 2017 description

More than 1 million doses of Gavi-funded cholera vaccines heading to Sierra Leone after severe flooding and landslides

FREETOWN, 5 September 2017 – Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced today.

01 Sep 2017 description
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The second phase of the response focused on supporting the recovery of victims is now underway. Following the 14 August floods and landslides, the displaced victims have been given the option to be housed in communities or be voluntary relocated to a more permanent shelter solution. Two sites have been selected for voluntary relocation: the Old Skool compound in Hill Station and Juba barracks in Lumley. Options are also being considered for humanitarian cash transfers to support the affected households that opt to remain within their communities.

23 Aug 2017 description
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The UNICEF representative participated in a field visit with the Office of National Security and the United Nations Country Team to assess the site that has been selected to relocate displaced persons. If and when the decision is made, the United Nations Country Team will consult and based on the decision, UNICEF will coordinate with the pillars to ensure that all conditions on the ground have been met before the relocation of affected persons.

22 Aug 2017 description
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The Office of National Security has released disaggregated data on the people affected by the floods and mudslides, the injured and the recovered bodies. Out of 5,905 affected people, 2,607 are children and of the 493 bodies discovered, 157 are children.

Response operations continue despite the heavy rains experienced in Freetown in the past several days. In light of the continuing rains, efforts are also underway to establish preparedness mechanisms in high risk communities.

22 Aug 2017 description
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Based on data from the Office of National Security, the total number of registered people affected by the floods and landslides stands at 6,714, as at 18 August 2017. With the registration now closed, the number of affected should stabilize, allowing for better planning and assessment of needs to support the affected communities.

22 Aug 2017 description
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Response operations continued throughout the weekend. Based on adjusted figures, the Office of National Security has reported that, as of 20 August 2017, the total number of registered people affected by the floods and landslides stands at 5,905 in over six communities (Culvert, Dwarzark, Kamayamah, Kanikay, Kaninko and Regent).

21 Aug 2017 description
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By John James

When baby Fatima returned to her mother’s village at two months old from Freetown, the capital city “everyone was afraid,” her grandmother Sia Gbandawa told me. Fatima was born in Freetown but sadly her mother died a month after giving birth.

Sent back to her paternal village of Bendu Sandor village in Kono district, about six hours drive away, baby Fatima was met with a negative reaction. Many feared she was turning into a chameleon.

19 Aug 2017 description
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Sierra Leone: Let’s increase the surveillance and start the response to prevent outbreaks following the heavy floods that bereaved once again the country.

17 Aug 2017 description
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FREETOWN/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 17 August 2017 – UNICEF is on the ground urgently responding to the needs of displaced families affected by the flooding and landslides in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown which have killed several hundred people including at least 109 children, according to government sources. The death-toll is expected to rise, with over 600 people, including many children, still unaccounted for.

17 Aug 2017 description
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By John James

If Ebola was an emergency based around a tiny virus that often killed before it was discovered, the deep brown gash on a Freetown hillside is a sign of a disaster of a very different nature.

16 Aug 2017 description
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On the night of 13 August 2017, the city of Freetown and its outskirts experienced torrential rains and landslides that continued well into the morning of 14 August 2017.

As at 15 August, the Ministry of Information and Communication has confirmed that 297 deaths have died (105 adult males, 83 women and 109 children, as a result of flooding and landslides, with many still reported missing. The figures are expected to rise.