3 December 2014
Freetown, Sierra Leone: “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has so far claimed over 5,000 lives in the three most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. While the death and suffering caused by Ebola is immediate and must be stopped, the socio-economic impact of the disease will last long after Ebola has been brought under control,” says Gina Casar, UNDP Associate Administrator. “UNDP is leading on early recovery efforts, and supporting nationally-led efforts to address the crisis.”
Conakry, Guinea: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, together with a consortium of Guinean youth organizations, is carrying out sensitization campaigns about Ebola prevention measures in communities around the country.
07 April 2014
Maseru, Lesotho: International UNV volunteer Janice Lachhman is assigned to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Lesotho as an HIV/AIDS Officer, ensuring that people living with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable groups get access to the nutrition and services they need.
In Lesotho, explains Ms.
Zomba District Hospital, Malawi: Prevention is better than cure. A UNV volunteer doctor in Malawi is putting this adage into practice with an educational programme that harnesses the volunteer spirit.
UNV volunteer Medical Officer Dr. Vincent Okey Onah works at Zomba Central Hospital in the south of Malawi. One of only four referral hospitals in the country, it serves nine districts - covering over a quarter of Malawi's population - and is frequently full to bursting.
Bonn, Germany: UNV volunteer bone specialist Dr. Robert Lapyam Ayelle describes his work in Malawi as "fighting a war". "We are working under very difficult conditions. The doctors now working in Africa are really tired. You are stretched beyond your limits," he says.
Harare, Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe has great potential to reduce poverty among communities through promoting and supporting volunteer activities as many of its people are willing to donate their valuable time and resources to assist others, United Nations representative said.
Addressing participants to a workshop organised by the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme and the Volunteer Services Overseas in Harare last week, United Nations deputy resident representative Mr Lare Sisay said it was important for Zimbabwe to develop a national framework to guide and regulate volunteer activities …
by Amina Said
Kamenge, Burundi: Splattered with paint, UNV volunteers at the Roi Khaled Hospital in Kamenge, north of Bujumbura, step back to contemplate the result of their hard work.
At the heart of UNV is the conviction that
voluntary action by many millions of people is a vastly under recognized
and underutilized resource, one that if fully harnessed could strengthen
efforts in tackling development challenges worldwide. The annual report
highlights examples of UNV's activities within a framework of three areas
of distinctive contributions that: widen access to services and improve
delivery of services (Chapter 1); bring about inclusion and participation
of those who are excluded (Chapter 2); and mobilize communities through
voluntary action (Chapter 3).