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WFP Service Provision for Ebola Response Phase 3

Countries: Guinea | Operations ID: 200923 | Operations type: Special Operation (SO)

This operation has been modified as per budget revision 1 (see below)

The ongoing outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa is the largest experienced in history. The fast and extended spread of the virus outbreak required
WFP to provide crucial common logistics services to the humanitarian community to drive case incidence to zero, and ensure a sustained end to EVD transmission.

To scale up the response based on the roadmap issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), on 19 September the UN Secretary-General established the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). In support of UNMEER and partners, WFP launched the Regional Special Operation 200773 in September 2014 to provide the logistics backbone of the health response to stop the spread of EVD. Through this Special Operation, WFP established a common services platform in the three countries most affected by Ebola (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), leveraging WFP expertise to enhance the efficiency of the international community’s response to EVD. As Ebola still poses a threat, the response has moved into a third phase that focuses on rapid response coordination and readiness, and which is foreseen to end mid-2016.

While the Regional Special Operation will end on 31 December 2015, the new Special Operation, tailored to Guinea’s context, will allow WFP to leverage the recently established infrastructure and logistics capacity throughout 2014 and 2015. This will enable WFP to continue to provide a highly dedicated rapid response mechanism to deal with potential small-scale outbreaks, while further increasing and enhancing the EVD readiness and recovery activities of partners.

With a budgeted cost of US$ 7,015,000, Special Operation 200923 will be managed by the WFP Guinea Country Office from 01 January to 30 June 2016 and will ensure
strategic alignment with the multi-sectoral response Plan (Phase Three) which seeks to continue the Ebola response beyond 2015.

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Budget Revision 1 to Special Operation 200923, seeks to extend the project in time for 6 months in order to ensure the continued provision of air transport services to the humanitarian community until 31 December 2016.