Socio economic impact of ebola virus disease in west

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32 farmers’ income as well as food assistance to the affected people (WFP); a joint provision of 65,000 tonnes of food assistance to approximately 1.3 million of the most affected people (WFP and FAO); and building capacity in the government, supporting fund management capacity, supporting the hazard payroll system for the Ebola workers, the deployment of SURGE capacities, decentralization of sectoral governance and coordination of Ebola recovery support as mandated by the UN Secretary-General (UNDP), among other areas being handled by other UN agencies (UNICEF, 2014; UNDP-RBA, 2014a). UN Women is working with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) to mainstream gender into a number of key EVD interventions, providing psychosocial support to affected families and communities in de-stigmatizing and reintegrating the survivors of EVD back into the communities, and supporting affected women and girls in both treatment and isolation centres with basic hygiene materials and awareness raising through intensive radio programmes. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is exploring traditional and new ways to help provide children with the physical and emotional healing they need. It is working with local authorities in the most affected counties to help strengthen family and community support to children affected by Ebola and to provide care to those who have been rejected by their communities or whose families have died. In Sierra Leone, it has trained about 2,500 survivors to provide care and support to quarantined children in treatment centres and works with partners to reunite separated children with their families through an extensive family tracing network across the country. 24 United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR, 2015) conducted an analysis of the human rights dimension, including in terms of responses to the epidemic. It also monitored the human rights impact of the outbreak and promoted integrating human rights into responses in the most affected countries. Building on strengthened coordination to fight the EVD, the UN agencies should work with national and international partners to address the root causes of the epidemic, rather than focusing all efforts on the present crisis. One key goal of United Nations programmes should be to help the governments of these countries to strengthen health management coordination and help build strategic partnerships around the health system development. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for West African countries should be concerned with strengthening the health services’ capacity to cope with future epidemics without compromising the fight against other priority diseases, and ensuring the provision of quality care. Emphasis should be placed on the establishment of a National Health Development Plan that takes into account the lessons learned from the Ebola epidemic and
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