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UNFPA, Salone, world partners to strengthen contact tracing

OCTOBER 1, 2014

The government of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with its development partners, including UNFPA and the World Bank, has designed a project meant to strengthen the existing surveillance system of Ebola contact tracing in 10 high priority Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) outbreak districts across the Sierra Leone.

The government received a grant from the World Bank pursuant to an agreement and intends to apply $1,641,822 of the proceeds to UNFPA in provision of technical assistance.

The technical assistance includes deployment of UNFPA staff in 10 districts, provision of refresher training of chiefdom supervisors, training of data managers at district levels, supervision, as well as operational and technical support to contact tracing activities.

The staff would also be engaged to monitoring contact tracing activities at district and chiefdom levels, establish partnership with private sector and provide ICT equipment and upgrade internet network in the district offices.

The agreement was signed last Tuesday, 23rd September at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and was witnessed by the Chief Medical Officer – Dr. Brima Kargbo; Financial Secretary – Edmund Koroma; UNFPA Country Representative – Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi; and the Officer-in-Charge, Resource Mobilization Branch, UNFPA, Mr. Klaus Simoni Pedersen.

Present at the signing were the Resident Coordinator of the UN – David MacLachlan-Karr and the heads of UNICEF, WFP and WHO, who also appended their signatures to the agreement.

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