- 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
August 14, 2017
It is with deep shock that the chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat, has learnt of the catastrophic mudslides that killed more than 300 people and left hundreds more destitute on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones. The entire AU family stands united with the people and government of Sierra Leone during this difficult time," said the Chairperson."
By Justice Lucy Asuagbor, Commissioner, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa
THE MAPUTO PROTOCOL
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 570th meeting held on 21 January 2016, adopted the following decision on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the three most affected countries in West Africa, namely, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone:
Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 570ème réunion tenue le 21 janvier 2016, a adopté la décision qui suit sur l’épidémie à virus Ebola (EVD) dans les trois pays les plus affectés de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, à savoir, la Guinée, le Libéria et la Sierra Leone:
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 565th meeting held on 17 December 2015, received a briefing on the Ebola situation and post-Ebola socio-economic recovery efforts in the three most affected countries in West Africa, namely, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Malabo, 20 July 2015- Ahead of the AU summit where leaders are expected to pledge more support to the Ebola response and recovery efforts, health and foreign affairs ministers, discussed the immediate needs of the affected countries. Countries shared experiences and lessons learnt in health systems strengthening and financing in the context of the Ebola fight.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 22 April 2015: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, commends the latest financial support bequeathed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in the fight against Ebola. Totaling $950 million, the financial support was confirmed at the World Bank-IMF Spring Meeting held in the United States this past weekend.
The African CDC will be a public health institute supporting the whole continent of Africa
Washington, DC –A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed today by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, M.B. Ch.B., chairperson of the African Union Commission, formalizes a collaboration between the African Union Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in creating the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC).
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 26 March 2015 - The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank) has pledged support for the fight against Ebola by providing a capacity building grant of USD 50 000 to the Africa against Ebola Solidarity Trust (AAEST). These funds will be utilized to support the establishment of the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (African CDC) to build Africa’s capacity to deal with public health emergencies in the future.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 January 2015: “We are getting optimistic reports from Ministries of Health of the affected countries that mortality and infection rates are declining, in fact Schools will be re opening in Sierra Leone ,Liberia had their senate elections couple of months back and this is impressively very good news “ said H.E. Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union at a media brief today at the AU headquarters. The press conference was held within the framework of the 24th AU Summit. .
Press Release Nº005/2015
Nairobi, Kenya 8 January 2015- The general consensus among African leaders who addressed the official opening of the pre deployment training of 170 Kenyan health workers today, is that through solidarity, the continent will defeat the Ebola virus disease, that has so far claimed thousands of lives, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. The Kenyan contingent will be departing for the affected countries tomorrow, 9th January 2015.
Friday 2nd January, 2015 – Eighty-one health (81) workers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have arrived in Guinea to fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic. The team comprises medical doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, epidemiologists, humanitarian, psycho-social and communication professionals who will work directly in the Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and in the communities across Guinea to support efforts already underway to stop the epidemic. They will also train local health workers on how to prevent and contain the Ebola virus.
Lagos, Nigeria 1st December, 2014 – About two hundred and fifty health volunteers from Nigeria to be deployed to Ebola affected countries under the framework of the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), have commenced pre deployment training as part of the protocol before deployment. The contingent was assembled by the Federal Government of Nigeria in response to the appeal made by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in October for Member States to contribute health personnel to join the fight against Ebola.
Bombali, Sierra Leone 24 November 2014: The African Union Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, ASEOWA in Sierra Leone has received the go-ahead for the management of the newly completed Ebola Treatment Centre in Magbenteh, Bombali District of Sierra Leone. The coordination of the Treatment Centre will be run in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone.
In a historic meeting held on Saturday 8th November, the African Union Commission in collaboration with the African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa joined forces to create a funding mechanism to support the African Unions response to Ebola.
Press Release Nº290/2014
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia–24 October 2014:The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has answered to the appeal made by the African Union Commission Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma last week to Member States to urgently contribute human resources to the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 13 October 2014- After the first deployment of 19 personnel under the African Union Support mission to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa in September, 21 more African paid volunteers have now been deployed to Sierra Leone while an additional 10 have been deployed to Liberia
The volunteers were deployed after undergoing their pre deployment briefing at the AU in Addis Ababa on the 10th and 11th of October.
The teams comprise epidemiologists, medical doctors, clinicians, public health specialists and communications personnel.
African Union appoints Dr. Julius Oketta to head the AU Ebola operation
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia–10 September 2014: The African Union Commission has appointed Dr. Julius Oketta to head the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak (Operation ASEOWA) that is deploying civilian and military volunteers from across the continent to ensure that Ebola is brought under control. The mission comprises medical doctors, nurses and other medical and paramedical personnel.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia–08 September 2014: The African Union and partners met Monday on the sidelines of the emergency meeting of the African Union Executive Council to announce pledges by the African Union Partners Group (AUPG) to the African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak (Operation ASEOWA).
The United States Government announced USD10 million and the European Union 5 million euros to be made available immediately to support the African Union Operation to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The Republic of China last week announced USD2 million to ASEOWA.