CERF provides $2.5 million for cholera response in Sierra Leone
14 August 2012: More than 170 people have been killed in a cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone so far this year. Some 10,800 cholera cases have been reported since January. The epidemic, the worst in 15 years, is concentrated in seven districts including Freetown, the capital. According to United Nations estimates, the outbreak has affected eight of the country's 13 districts. The increase in the number of cases in the Western Area is of particular concern.
In response, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$2,461,235 to two UN agencies to support cholera surveillance, management and treatment in Sierra Leone.