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29 April 2015

"Because of Ebola, we thought our production would not be attractive to sellers but WFP is supporting us by buying our rice and distributing it to the Ebola-affected population. We are glad to contribute to feeding the country, and vulnerable communities that are still in need, including the patients in the Ebola treatment centers," Fatmata, small-scale farmer in Sierra Leone.

 


16 April 2015

Could you imagine being a parent and seeing your children staying home for months, not being able to go to school? The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has not only claimed over 3,800 lives, but for the past eight months, it has forced school children to stay at home, hampering education and the country’s capacity to build its future manpower.

Zainab Mansaray, WFP staff member and mother tells us what it means for her and her family that her children have been able to go back to school as of 14 April. 


14 April 2015

In Sierra Leone, progress is being made in the fight against Ebola. Day after day, new cases are declining:  as of 14 April, seven out of 14 districts had gone for 42 consecutive days without recording new Ebola cases. Though the outlook is hopeful, survivors of the disease - particularly children who are now orphans - face challenges reintegrating into normal life. In Kenema district, WFP provides food to the Kambui Advocacy Group for Women and Children (KAGWC) to support 50 Ebola-orphaned children while they are undergoing social counselling. 

Ebola emergency
17 March 2015

Six months after the United Nations Security Council declared Ebola a threat to international peace and security, the Emergency Telecommunications (ET) Cluster in Sierra Leone is providing Internet connectivity for 65 medical institutions in the country. That number continues to grow every week.


10 March 2015

Although progress has been made, we are not out of this devastating crisis yet. WFP and its partners continue to remain vigilant and provide the support needed to achieve zero cases across all Ebola-affected countries. You might have not seen much about Ebola in the media of late. Here is, in brief, our latest news:


28 January 2015

What happens when you combine a hundred thousand individuals, the World Food Programme, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and one of the world’s largest Internet companies? They set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORD within a day!


29 December 2014

From Ebola-hit countries in Africa to Syria, Iraq and the Philippines, food assistance played its part again this year in helping families get through emergencies. Here are 10 people in 10 different countries who received assistance in 2014 thanks to WFP’s supporters – governments, companies and individuals.


19 December 2014

Reliable internet for communications is a necessity for health workers and humanitarian actors fighting Ebola in West Africa. In order to care for infected patients and prevent the disease from spreading, aid workers need to be able to coordinate from the frontlines, ensuring they have the right supplies, staff and information. The WFP-led Emergency Telecommunications Cluster provides communications equipment and services in remote areas so that humanitarians can fight Ebola effectively. Comprising a network of partners from humanitarian, government and private sectors, this cluster relies on dedicated individuals who are willing to face risk and adversity to support the humanitarian cause.


11 December 2014

Adama Kamara is on the frontline of the World Food Programme’s Ebola operation in Sierra Leone. In a strange turn of fate, she’s now working out of a building where a few decades ago she herself used to receive WFP school meals.

Ebola emergency
18 November 2014

In Sierra Leone, government authorities and humanitarian actors are fully engaged at all levels in the fight against Ebola. On 16 November, President Ernest Bai Koroma visited WFP logistics hub in Port Loko district. This forward logistics base has been constructed in support of the United Nations Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response(UNMEER) to accommodate the influx of supplies needed to scale-up Ebola response in rural areas.