Contribution to WHO Emergency Response for the Flooding and Mudslide Event in Freetown, Sierra Leone


On the night of 13 August 2017, the city of Freetown in Sierra Leone and its outskirts experienced torrential rains and landslides. At least 497 people were killed following the collapse of a hillside. 800 people are still missing and 3’000 were displaced. Given the low water quality and poor living conditions of the affected population, there is a serious risk of cholera outbreaks and diseases to spread. With SDC Humanitarian Aid’s (SDC HA) support, WHO will contribute to the detection, prevention and control of disease outbreaks in the aftermath of the mudslides and flooding.

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Sierra Leone
Gesundheit
Infektionskrankheit
Gesundheitsaufklärung
30.08.2017 - 29.08.2018
CHF 200'000
Hintergrund On the night of 13 August 2017, the city of Freetown and its outskirts experienced torrential rains and landslides. At least 497 people, including 100 children, were killed following the collapse of a hillside in the Regent area near the capital, in Greater Freetown early on 14 August 2017. 800 people are still missing and 3’000 have lost their homes. Outbreaks of communicable diseases especially cholera is of great concern.
Ziele The goal of the project is to respond and mitigate the impact of the flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone through detection, prevention and control of disease outbreaks while ensuring regular medical services are not disrupted.
Zielgruppen The project’s activities will target nearly 1.5 million people (direct and indirect beneficiaries) in rural and urban areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Mittelfristige Wirkungen

Outcome 1: Disease surveillance and laboratory operations are strengthened to prevent the outbreak of diseases. 

Outcome 2: The staff of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation for effective Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) are trained and first prevention measures are implemented.

Resultate

Erwartete Resultate:  

  • Refresher trainings of health workers on surveillance of diarrhoeal diseases.
  • Refresher trainings of healthcare workers in IPC/WASH take place in all affected districts.


Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Humanitäre Hilfe
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Organisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO)
  • World Health Organization


Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren An Emergency Health Operation Center was established in Freetown to coordinate operations among all actors involved. The Health Ministry and WHO have the lead. Other organisations (IFRC, Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, UNICEF, UNFPA etc.) also participate.
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF   200'000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF   200'000 Projekttotal seit Anfangsphase Budget inklusive Projektpartner CHF  200'000