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Top UN development officials to visit Sierra Leone

OCTOBER 10, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

A high-level United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) mission to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal are in Freetown from 9 to 11 October, aiming to boost efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak while helping to preserve essential services and livelihoods.

A release from UNDP states that the crisis is continuing to cause not only immediate health and humanitarian impacts, but also increasingly crippling social and economic effects, breaking trust and social cohesion, draining development resources and further impoverishing isolated and vulnerable communities.

Assistant Secretary-General Magdy Martínez-Solimán and Deputy Assistant Administrator of UNDP, Ruby Sandhu-Rojon, were already in Guinea since Monday 6 October and will also visit Monrovia after Freetown.

The aim is to galvanize UN coordination efforts to combat the Ebola crisis and assess UNDP’s work on the ground.

At the end of their visit, Martinez-Solimán and Sandhu-Rojon will join Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa, who will be mobilizing international partners and the UN system support.