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10 May 2018 description
The forested slopes that surround Freetown once provided natural protection for the city, but have now been denuded for largely illegal construction.
12 Mar 2018 description
Children under five in 13 governorates to be reached in a joint effort by WHO, UNICEF and the Ministry of Health to ensure that Syria remain polio-free.
14 Feb 2018 description
report Street Child
Street Child found that 44% of families affected by the flooding and mudslide have no source of income – a drastic increase from the 5% of households in this position before the mudslide.
25 Jan 2018 description
report Rotary
More than half of the funds will support efforts to end polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where polio remains endemic. Further funding will support efforts to keep 10 vulnerable countries polio-free
11 Jan 2018 description
report United Nations
Approval of an exceptional delivery of humanitarian aid was granted to provide food and winterization relief items to 50,000 people who face increasingly dire circumstances.
06 Nov 2017 description
About 1,900 households with more than 7,000 people have been registered. With the camps due to close on Nov. 15, they are being given cash of $200 or more and food and non-food items.
17 Oct 2017 description
Two months after the incidents that claimed at least 500 lives, the scheme brings relief to nearly 2,000 affected households through direct mobile money transfers as they try to resettle.
14 Oct 2017 description
The WHO has received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that had destroyed a vaccines cold room containing 135,000 vaccine doses against measles and polio.
15 Sep 2017 description
Led by WHO and partners, the campaign targets communities recently affected by floods and landslides, which left over 6,000 displaced and caused some 500 deaths.
14 Sep 2017 description
The humanitarian situation inside the city remains dire, with a majority of the remaining population reportedly facing deteriorating humanitarian, health, living and security conditions.
13 Sep 2017 description
Three mass immunization rounds have been carried out in Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa governorates, Syria, in response to an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type-2 (cVDPV2).
05 Sep 2017 description
Two rounds of vaccination will be delivered in 25 affected communities by the Government of Sierra Leone with support from Gavi Alliance, WHO, UNICEF, the UK Government and other health partners.
24 Aug 2017 description
As the immediate medical needs have been covered, MSF is focusing on ensuring people have access to clean water and sanitation facilities, monitoring for any signs of water-borne diseases.
23 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund
Water and electricity have been reportedly cut off for more than a month, forcing people to collect unsafe water. Unexploded ordnance and landmines continue to be a serious safety concern.
21 Aug 2017 description
report Save the Children
Save the Children has warned of a child health crisis in Sierra Leone due to contaminated water supplies and lack of safe shelter following this week’s deadly floods and mudslide.
18 Aug 2017 description
Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.
18 Aug 2017 description
UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria.
17 Aug 2017 description
The terrible aftermath of the mudslides, which have left more than 3000 people homeless, grimly illustrates the human cost of the government’s failure to implement housing and land policies, said Amnesty.
16 Aug 2017 description
Hours after the mudslides around Freetown, WFP began distributing initial two-week rations of rice, pulses, vegetable oil and salt to some 7,500 people in the hardest-hit communities.
16 Aug 2017 description
More rain is likely to fall until the end of the rainy season in November, which could lead to further flooding. The risk of waterborne diseases is high, and compounded by a poor health system.