In Sierra Leone, WFP supported the response to ebola through regional operations (EMOP 200761 and SO 200773) which came to a close on 31 December 2015. The operations focused on supporting Sierra Leone get to ‘zero’ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases and maintain a resilient zero. Food and nutrition support was provided to affected families and communities in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, under the care, contain and protect pillars. Logistics assistance, supply chain management, engineering, emergency telecommunications, and humanitarian air services were provided across the three affected countries to support the overall humanitarian response. WFP also runs a Country Programme (CP 200336), which has school feeding, nutrition and food/cash-for assets components.
WFP has been present in Sierra Leone since 1968.
Summary of WFP assistance
WFP’s Emergency Operation (EMOP 200761) focused on supporting the medical response to stop the spread of EVD by meeting the basic food and nutrition needs of affected families and communities in Sierra Leone. WFP provides food assistance to care for patients and their caretakers in treatment centres and to survivors upon discharge, to contain the spread of the virus in hotspot communities and quarantined households and to protect households in areas most affected by the virus as well as Ebola driven vulnerable groups.
Alongside the EMOP, WFP managed the regional Special Operation (SO 200773), enabling the global response of the humanitarian community by providing logistics support, supply chain, infrastructure development, emergency telecommunications, and humanitarian air services across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
While most of the Country Programme has been on hold due to the Ebola outbreak and subsequent risks of EVD transmission in group settings, WFP continued to provide food assistance to patients living with HIV. In the final quarter of 2015, WFP resumed a targeted supplementary feeding programme (TSFP) to provide treatment for moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in children age 6-59 months and pregnant and nursing mothers under its Country Programme (CP200336).