This weekly update is produced by UNDP in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Sierra Leone, liaising with UN Agencies, the Office of National Security and development partners.
Following the landslides and floods that hit Freetown and surrounding areas on 14 August 2017, the UN system in Sierra Leone continues to support national recovery.
In addition to addressing the urgent needs of those most affected, medium and long term assessments and Action Plans have been put in place under national leadership to ensure prevention, risk mitigation and protection of the most vulnerable.
For the purpose of information and coordination, relief and recovery efforts are detailed here.
Action Against Hunger
• Two jingles, one on cholera prevention and one on handwashing were aired on AI Radio between 6-24 September. Each jingle is being aired three times a day for 19 days.
• Distributed protective gear (raincoats, gumboots) and backpacks for 80 CHWs, completing the kits provided for the CHWs to facilitate nutrition screening and community mobilization activities.
• Reproduced IEC materials on cholera prevention, critical handwashing times and malaria
prevention to be used for community sensitization.
• Provided water, Aquatabs and hygiene promotion to affected population in Kamayama, Kaningo and Culvert communities (daily water trucking and constructing 8 water kiosks). To enable the 9,000l water bowser to access the communities, 20 male volunteers were recruited in Kamayama to fix the flood-damaged road.
• Enabled 30 trained Disaster Management Volunteers are conducting a 15-day door-to-door hygiene promotion campaign targeting approx. 6,000HHs with hygiene messages and 3,000HH with Aquatabs distribution.
• Distributed NFIs (1 hygiene kit, 2 jerry cans, 1 mosquito net per HH) for 99 displaced families in Juba Barracks IDP camp. 30 Veronica buckets (buckets with taps) were also distributed at Juba IDP camp.
Action Against Hunger
• Conducted hygiene promotion activities in three communities (Culvert I & II and Pa-muronkoh).
• Daily water trucking of 40,000 liters to 8 established emergency water kiosks at Culvert, Wellington and Calaba town during the month of September.
• Water point caretakers conduct hygiene promotion activities including sensitization on the use of Aquatabs at all 8 emergency water kiosks.
• Hand washing station caretakers conduct hygiene promotion activities at two established hand washing station in Culvert.
• Community mobilization for Emergency cleaning at five communities (Culvert I & II, Water Street, Bottom Oku and Pa-Muronkoh).
• 22 WASH volunteers from the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, with the support of IFRC, conducted sensitization sessions in three sites of Regent, Culvert and Juba on hygiene promotion, reaching a total of 4010 people (1,182 men, 1,082 women and 1,114 children) with messages on hand washing, latrine cleaning, waste management, oral rehydration salts solutions and personal Hygiene. One of the sessions included using a mobile cinema and drama skit about Cholera prevention which was more informative, exciting and educative to both children and adults.
• Two Hygiene promotion volunteers from SierraLeone Red Cross attended a WASH training organized by Child Fund in Juba camp which increased their knowledge and skills.
FOOD & NUTRITION
• Provided support to Street Child for wet food provision at holding centres until mid-September.
• Working with the National Electoral Commission and Statistics Sierra Leone to harmonize the verified beneficiary list. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs is responsible for signing the final beneficiary list, which will facilitate the Government’s distribution of food and non-food items.
• Supporting the registration of households in Bamabayilla, a community in Kamayama, that claim they were not included in the previous registration process.
• Continues to support the Office of National Security to manage and store relief items at the WFP Main Logistics Base in Port Loko.
• Supplied 301,000 liters of clean treated water to three affected communities in Kamayama,
Pentegon and Kanningo. CARE maintains regular supply of water to eleven 10,000-liter capacity stations (4 in Kamayama, 3 in Pentagon, and 4 in Kanningo).
• Tents were erected in Juba (6) and Old Skool (3) IDP camps.