Sierra Leone

UNICEF Sierra Leone: COVID-19 Situation Report #4, 17 - 31 May 2020

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Situation Overview and Humanitarian Needs

Altogether 861 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 46 deaths have been reported to date indicating a case fatality rate (CFR) of 5.3%. The mean age of those who have succumbed to the disease is 59.6 years, of which approximately 60.9% are males. Health care workers account for 10.7% of all confirmed cases. Fifteen districts (out of 16) have now reported cases with the highest incidence of cases (60.8%) in Western Area Urban (Freetown). In addition:

  • Bans on inter-district travel, mass gatherings, closure of learning institutions and travel restrictions remain in effect;

  • There is a shortage of case investigators due to increasing number of cases in Western Area Urban and Western Area Rural; and

  • COVID-19 hospital bed capacity is 36% occupied.   

UNICEF Sierra Leone Highlights

  • A mass insecticide treated nets (ITN) distribution campaign is underway with COVID-19 sensitization fully integrated within malaria prevention messaging; 1,784 community sensitizers are carrying out door-to-door COVID-19 awareness raising during ITN household registration.

  • Gender Based Violence (GBV) and mitigation measures as well as ethical reporting during COVID-19 have featured in risk communication radio programmes aired nationally.

  • COVID-19 prevention messages through EduTrac have reached 9,144 teachers, including headteachers.  UNICEF is actively advocating for the release and protection of children in the juvenile justice system and seeking a moratorium on new admissions of children to detention facilities.

  • UNICEF-procured supplies for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are being distributed nationwide to respond to the anticipated increased SAM caseload due to secondary effects of COVID-19.

  • A toolkit for encouraging adolescents and youth to be engaged in the fight against COVID-19 has been developed.

  • A U-Report poll was circulated to Social Safety Net Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) community monitors to gauge preparedness for a targeting exercise within the planned emergency cash transfer programme.