- 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
The first World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016, will bring together governments, humanitarian organisations, and people affected by humanitarian crises to propose solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In the months leading up to the Summit, ensuring that children’s voices are heard in these discussions is a key priority for Plan International.
Children Report Increased Exploitation, Teenage Pregnancies in Ebola-Affected Sierra Leone
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FAIRFIELD, CONN (June 17, 2015) — Children across Sierra Leone report that exploitation and violence against girls has increased during the year-long Ebola epidemic, resulting in rising cases of teenage pregnancies, according to a new report launched today by three leading aid agencies.
With a surge in new Ebola cases and the rainy season fast approaching, this is the time for a renewed effort to fight Ebola, blogs Paolo Lubrano, Plan International’s Emergency Response Manager.
7 April 2015, World Health Day: Over the past few weeks there has been a moderate increase of new cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Far from the dramatic figures of late 2014, but certainly not close to the “zero cases” target that the 3 countries hoped to achieve a few weeks ago.
Posted by Damien Queally, Deputy Regional Director - Programmes for West Africa
Damien QueallyOne year on since the Ebola outbreak, Damien Queally, Deputy Regional Director – Programmes for West Africa, reflects on how Plan International has responded to the crisis and what it is doing to aid recovery at this delicate stage.
Posted by Unni Krishnan, Plan International’s Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response
Emotional care should find a central place in disaster settings, blogs Plan International's Head of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Unni Krishnan.
15 March 2015: If you want to respond to and recover from a disaster and its impact on the mind, be prepared, play hard and plan for the future. Some might say it’s a mind game.
Ebola Conference, Brussels, March 3rd 2015
This study describes the range of impacts that Ebola has had on children and families in Liberia and Sierra Leone, looking beyond the immediate health effects.
Beyond those infected with the virus, there was a large number of children and families whose survival and development has been threatened by the loss of already precarious health services, the loss of community cohesion and the loss of basic needs such as food.
Many children have been placed at risk by a breakdown in the protective environment usually provided by families and the wider community.
Posted by Nigel Chapman, Plan Chief Executive Officer
Ahead of a high level conference in Brussels on how to help the 3 Ebola-affected countries rebuild, Plan International CEO Nigel Chapman, who has just returned from visiting Ebola hotspots in Guinea and Sierra Leone, reveals why working with Sierra Leone’s secret societies could be the hidden weapon in combating Ebola.
2 March 2015: Ebola is proving a stubborn opponent in Sierra Leone and Guinea, with almost a hundred new cases reported last week.
Key recommendations from INGOs working in Sierra Leone ahead of the High Level Conference on Ebola – March 3rd - Brussels
This Policy Brief is targeted towards national governments, institutional donors, regional and international actors, particularly those attending the EU High Level Conference on Ebola in Brussels on 3rd March, 2015 to support the three affected countries; namely Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to transition from the emergency response phase to recovery phase.
17 November 2014: Teenage pregnancies are on the rise in West Africa, as girls forced to stay out of school due to Ebola become more vulnerable to sexual exploitation, sexual assault and rape.
With schools closed and lessons on hold for children across the region, pregnancy rates amongst teenagers are rising in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Many girls fear they will be unable to return to lessons even once the outbreak is over, as they will have to care for their child, and may not be able to afford the school fees.
As the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa worsens, leaders of Australian humanitarian agencies have issued a joint call to action for the Australian government.
“The world is fast approaching a point of no return in halting the spread of Ebola. Current estimates indicate that we could see 10,000 new cases per week by mid-December. Should global efforts at this stage fail to increase in both pace and effort, the long-term consequences in West Africa and beyond will be catastrophic,” said Marc Purcell, Executive Director of ACFID.
Posted by Killen Otieno, Plan's Head of Food Assistance and Nutrition
The Ebola health crisis could quickly turn into a food security crisis, blogs Plan’s Head of Food Assistance & Nutrition, Killen Otieno, on World Food Day.
16 October 2014: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are battling the deadliest Ebola epidemic in recorded history. The World Health Organization* (WHO) reports that 4,033 people have died so far, with 8,399 probable or suspected cases. However in reality, this number could be much higher due to unreported cases.
Posted by Henry Garneo, Plan youth blogger
No children should die of hunger due to late responses to the Ebola outbreak – but they are, writes 18-year-old Henry Garneo – a Plan youth blogger and the chairman of Liberia’s National Children and Youth Advisory Board.
As Ebola continues to claim lives across West Africa, thousands of orphaned teenage girls are being thrown into early motherhood to look after their younger siblings.
8 October 2014: Siah, 16 and her 5-year-old brother John have cried every night since their mother died of Ebola.
“I can’t imagine how I will take care of the children without any help,” says Siah as she hugs her little brother to her chest. “We have some other relatives in Sierra Leone, but I don’t know how to find them.”
19 September 2014: Children are being hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, says Plan International.
The organisation says young people are not just getting infected by the deadly virus – but also being orphaned, stigmatised and discriminated against as the outbreak continues to spiral.
“Children are missing months of school as public institutions are shut down and travel is restricted. Many children are suffering from shock and trauma after witnessing deaths of their loved ones. They are in desperate need of care,” said Plan CEO Nigel Chapman.
As UNSC Convenes for Emergency Meeting in New York, International Community Must Do More to Prevent Health Catastrophe
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2 September 2014: People in Ebola-blighted Liberia have told Plan that the current situation is ‘worse than a war zone’ as the deadly disease continues to claim lives.
The country, which suffered a total of eleven years of civil war between 1989 and 2003, has been brought to its knees by the deadly virus, which has now reached nine counties and killed at least 694 people.
According to Mamadee Kamara, a social worker in Lofa County based in Voinjama, community members are fast losing hope, believing that they will soon be dead from the deadly virus.
17 September 2014: Supplies of food are running so low in Sierra Leone that residents fear many could die of hunger if the Ebola virus is not contained soon.
Freetown residents say food prices are soaring out of control due to the lack of cross-border trade since the borders to Liberia and Guinea closed.
“There is food shortage in the market and the demand is high, and this has urged traders to increase their prices,” said Freetown resident Alpha Bah.
9 September 2014: Plan International and International Medical Corps, a leader in global health and emergency response, have joined forces to respond to Ebola, the deadly virus spreading rapidly across Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone and moving into other parts of West Africa.