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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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25 August 2017

South Africa Donates US$615,000 To Sierra Leone Disaster Response

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed this week’s announcement of a US$615,000 (ZAR 8 million) contribution from the Government of South Africa that will help us provide vital emergency assistance to more than 10,000 people affected by mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone.
16 August 2017

WFP begins food distributions to thousands hit by mudslides in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food assistance to 7,500 people affected by the massive mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone that have killed scores of people and left many more homeless and in desperate need of assistance.

23 May 2017

WFP And J-PAL Partner To Promote Child Growth And Immunization In Moyamba District

FREETOWN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL Africa) are partnering on a programme to promote children’s health in Moyamba district, one of the districts in Sierra Leone most affected by chronic malnutrition.

27 October 2016

New Report Highlights Fragile State Of Food Security In Sierra Leone After Ebola Outbreak

FREETOWN – The State of Food Insecurity in Sierra Leone report launched today by the Government of Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows more than half of the population – over 3.5 million people – are food insecure, without access to a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food. Of these, about 600,000 are severely food insecure, eating significantly less food and less varied and nutritious food, and unable to cope with new shocks such as drought, floods and fluctuating food prices. The number of severely food insecure people has increased by 60 percent since 2010.

Contributions to WFP
9 September 2016

Japan Steps Up Support To Fight Hunger And Boost Nutrition In Africa

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$21.6 million cash contribution from the Government of Japan to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable people in 11 countries, with 90 percent of the contribution going to 10 African nations.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
8 September 2016

WFP And The Government Of Sierra Leone Bolster Care And Support To HIV/TB Patients

FREETOWN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of US$3.1 million from the Government of Sierra Leone and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria - enabling WFP to scale up nutritional support for more than 20,000 Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) and tuberculosis (TB) patients.

School Meals
30 May 2016

More School Children To Receive WFP Take-Home Food Rations In Sierra Leone

FREETOWN - More than 326,000 school children will receive take-home food rations this academic year as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) expands its assistance from 1,000 to 1,415 primary schools across the country to support efforts to get and keep children in school post-Ebola.

23 March 2016

Japan Contribution Helps WFP Support The People Of Sierra Leone To Recover Post-Ebola

FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes today a US$ 2.2 million contribution from the Government and the people of Japan that will enable WFP to support 77,000 people affected by the Ebola outbreak so that they can recover and receive the food and nutrition assistance they need.

15 July 2015

Japan Contribution Ensures Vital Support For Ebola Survivors In Sierra Leone

FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes Japan’s donation of US$6 million to support WFP’s response in Eb0la-affected Sierra Leone, including support to some 3,000 Ebola survivors across the country.
11 March 2015

World Health Organization And World Food Programme Join Forces To Reach Zero Ebola Cases

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are combining their forces in a new partnership in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  The arrangement combines the logistics strength of WFP with WHO’s public health expertise to help get the current Ebola outbreak down to zero cases in West Africa. The platform also establishes an alert and response infrastructure for future crises.

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