- 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
A devastating mudslide – triggered by three days of heavy monsoon rains – caused widespread damage and loss of life in Freetown, Sierra Leone on the 14th of August. Homes were engulfed after heavy rains caused part of the Sugar Loaf Mountain to collapse. Some 500 people lost their lives in the disaster and thousands have lost their homes, many of whom are being sheltered in temporary sites.
Now in its 10th year, the Emergency Response Fund Scheme (ERFS) was established to promote early action and reduce loss of life in a sudden humanitarian crisis. Irish Aid has just allocated €2.7 million to six humanitarian partners under the Scheme for 2017: Concern Worldwide, Trócaire, Christian Aid Ireland, Plan International Ireland, World Vision Ireland and Oxfam Ireland.
How does the Fund work?
The scheme is particularly geared towards the initial weeks after the onset of an emergency and targets those in immediate need.
The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD or Ebola, in West Africa is the longest and largest Ebola outbreak to date. In addition to the direct impact of deaths and infection from Ebola, the outbreak is exacerbating already weak health systems and threatening to reverse progress made in recent years improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, adolescent, and child health (RMNCAH) in Sierra Leone.
Ireland’s overseas aid programme is helping to lift millions of people out of poverty and hunger; reducing the number of mothers who die in childbirth and helping to tackle major health crises, including Ebola.
Minister Costello highlights results at the launch of the Irish Aid Annual Report
Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today launched the 2013 Irish Aid Annual Report, which sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid.
Speaking at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Minister Costello said:
“2013 was a significant year for Irish Aid and the Irish people can be proud of what their overseas development aid programme has achieved.
The fight to end extreme poverty and hunger in the world remains one of the most pressing global challenges. But it is important to bear in mind that, working together in partnership, developed and developing countries have achieved some remarkable development results over the last 10 years. Between 2005 and 2010, the total number of poor people around the world fell by nearly half a billion. Millions of child deaths have been avoided thanks to greater access to vaccines and mosquito nets. 40 million more children are going to school today than at the turn of the millennium.
Ireland’s support to women’s empowerment in the dGender equality is both a human right and fundamental to sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.
The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D., today met with UN Assistant Secretary General Judy Cheng Hopkins to discuss the work of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. ASG Cheng Hopkins is the Head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office which was established in 2006 to improve the international community's support for countries emerging from violent conflict. Since its establishment, the Fund it administers has provided approximately $170 million to support peace building activities in 12 countries, mainly in Africa.
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power, T.D., today announced deeper cooperation with Sierra Leone and additional funding to reduce the number of mothers and children dying prematurely.
The funding will support emergency healthcare for pregnant women and fund feeding centres where chronically-malnourished children receive urgent treatment.
Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt T.D., joined the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Markku Niskala, and the Honorary Secretary of the Irish Red Cross, Jennifer Bulbulia, today in Dublin to launch a new two-year funding partnership between Irish Aid and the International Federation.
'Under this partnership Irish Aid is strengthening and deepening our strategic relationship with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Michael Kitt TD, Minister of State for Overseas Development, today announced Irish Aid funding of €750,000 to tackle Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Making the announcement Minister Kitt described Gender Based Violence as "a scourge which is particularly acute in societies undergoing conflict or in the immediate aftermath of conflict.