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24 Mar 2017 description
report ActionAid

INTRODUCTION

ActionAid is working with poor communities across the world to support them in building their resilience to disasters, climate change and other shocks and stresses. This work is of ever-growing importance, not only because of changing weather patterns and rising temperatures increasing the likelihood of disasters, but also because of growing risks related to violent conflict, human and livestock epidemics, environmental degradation and political and economic crises.

23 Mar 2017 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid is working with poor communities across the world to support them in building their resilience to disasters, climate change and other shocks and stresses. This work is of ever-growing importance, not only because of changing weather patterns and rising temperatures increasing the likelihood of disasters, but also because of growing risks related to violent conflict, human and livestock epidemics, environmental degradation and political and economic crises.

22 Nov 2015 description

INTRODUCTION

The current Ebola crisis has killed or infected thousands of people and caused massive disruptions to peoples’ lives and Sierra Leone’s economy. This briefing argues that the crisis offers three main lessons to the government and companies working in Sierra Leone.

  • The first is that insufficient spending on health has left the country vulnerable to the spread of Ebola.

13 Oct 2015 description
report ActionAid

Three years ago I travelled to Sierra Leone. Of all the incredible people I met it was the women and girls whose indefatigable attitude to life bowled me over. But since the Ebola outbreak in 2014, heartbreakingly over 12,000 children have been left orphaned in Sierra Leone. What is life like for Ebola orphans and the women supporting them now?

I met women like Ma Musu. A community activist for nine years, we trained her during the Ebola outbreak so she’s now able to practice psycho-social counselling for her community in Freetown.

10 Feb 2015 description
report ActionAid

This is one of the most challenging situations that I have ever faced in my 15 years of working in emergencies. I have never seen such fear around Ebola, even in distant countries like India.

On my flight from Brussels to Freetown, the plane was half empty, and most of the other passengers were from other international agencies responding to the Ebola outbreak. But as always happens during any disaster, when I arrived, it was clear that the human spirit is indomitable and always looks to overcome a grave situation.

10 Feb 2015 description
report ActionAid

I met Alieu over a quiet afternoon at ActionAid office in Freetown. We were stunned to hear his story of loss, courage and hope. He is one of over 2204 Ebola Survivors (this figure is increasing day by day) in Sierra Leone who now face the uphill task of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. Here is Alieu's story: "I am Alieu Kamara, aged 33. I did not believe few months back that my life would change so dramatically. I was hoping to be a father soon. My wife was 6 months pregnant in December 2014. Ours was a happy family.

11 Nov 2014 description
report ActionAid

Last year, actress and ActionAid Ambassador Sarah Alexander visited health centres and maternity wards in Bo, now one of the worst Ebola hit areas in Sierra Leone. Here, in a guest blog for ActionAid, Sarah talks about the huge risks for women giving birth in the heart of the Ebola epidemic.

23 Oct 2014 description
report ActionAid

Sierra Leone is in the grip of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The whole country has been in a state of public emergency since the end of July. Our Exective Director in Sierra Leone reports back on how we're helping stop the spread.

Greetings from Sierra Leone. I write to update you on the Ebola situation here and our response so far.

Emergency alert closes schools indefinitely

22 Oct 2014 description

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.

10 Oct 2014 description
report ActionAid

As the World Bank warns that Ebola could cost billions of dollars, ActionAid says the human cost of an economic crisis is families going hungry.

ActionAid’s Head of Humanitarian Response, Mike Noyes, said: “We are more and more concerned about the effect the Ebola outbreak is having on the economies of the countries affected and in the wider region both in the short and long term.

“This does not detract from the immediate severity of the crisis and the urgent need for medical equipment, doctors and nurses and public awareness and education campaigns.

01 Aug 2014 description
report ActionAid

In the last few days, the media has been awash with speculation that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could reach Britain. Whilst the risk is slight and our effective and well organised health services should be able to handle any threat posed, the level of public interest reflects the fear this terrifying disease inspires.

30 Jul 2014 description
report ActionAid

As the Ebola virus kills more than 670 people and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warns the virus poses a threat to the UK, ActionAid staff working to contain the virus in West Africa, as well as London-based experts are available for interview.

ActionAid can talk on the following Ebola outbreak response measures

02 Jul 2014 description
report ActionAid

As the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for drastic action to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the government of Sierra Leone has warned it is a serious crime to shelter infected people in hiding, Mohamed Sillah, ActionAid’s Country Director in Sierra Leone speaks out.

“It’s not fair to criminalise Ebola-affected people. Some people are not reporting known cases of Ebola because they are scared. Unfortunately they don’t trust national health systems and much of the information they are receiving is in a language they don’t understand.

25 Sep 2013 description
report ActionAid

Posted by Anella Wickenden

The actress Sarah Alexander has just got back from visiting Sierra Leone where she met people rebuilding their lives after the country’s civil war.

People like Mustapha, a 24 year old former child soldier. He is training to be a welder at the Mayemie Training Centre funded by ActionAid. Many of the young people there are former child soldiers. The centre is a refuge for anyone who’s orphaned or homeless and it teaches skills like welding, carpentry, tailoring and catering.

20 Sep 2012 description
Executive Summary

Women make peace but men negotiate it

A new report from ActionAid, IDS, and Womankind looks at the role of women in local peacebuilding initiatives, finding that women are more likely than men to adopt a broad definition of peace which includes the household level and focuses on the attainment of individual rights and freedoms such as education, healthcare and freedom from violence.

In contrast, men have a greater tendency to associate peace with the absence of formal conflict and the stability of formal structures such as governance and infrastructure.

02 Jul 2012 description
report ActionAid

The women’s land rights project is being implemented by ActionAid (AA) in Guatemala, India and Sierra Leone in recognition of the hard fact that struggles for women’s land rights have not yet generated positive results for most women. With the support of the European Commission (EC) between 2010 and 2013, the project is focused on enhancing poor and excluded women’s access to and control over land as a strategy for empowerment and fighting hunger.

15 Mar 2012 description

The question of 'what changes do we need to empower women smallholders and achieve food security?' has been asked repeatedly. But transformational changes in both public policy and practice have been few and far between, although increasing access to resources and opportunities for women farmers could substantially reduce the number of hungry people in the world.

16 Oct 2009 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid's HungerFREE Scorecard Investigates why a Billion People are Hungry

Executive Summary

Over one billion people - a sixth of humanity - don't have enough to eat. Almost a third of the world's children are growing up malnourished. This is perhaps one of the most shameful achievements of recent history, since there is no good reason for anyone to go hungry in today's world.

Even before the food and financial crises, the number of people facing chronic malnutrition was extremely high, and falling extremely slowly. Since 2005, it has jumped by 20 percent.

22 Feb 2009 description
report ActionAid

[BY AYODEJI AJAYEOBA, GLOBAL CONFLICT ADVISOR, AAI]

INTRODUCTION:

Between 2007 and 2008, general elections were held in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Ghana among other countries in Africa. These elections have for different reasons since become historical landmarks.

Because of the way and manner they were conducted and because of the consequent outcomes they have generated a lot of interest to all stakeholders concerned with Africa's political and economic development.