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WFP Service Provision for Ebola Phase 3 Rapid Response, Readiness and Recovery

Countries: Sierra Leone | Operations ID: 200927 | Operations type: Special Operation (SO)

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

In response to the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) emergency, WFP continues to provide services crucial to organizations’ efforts to achieve and sustain a resilient zero, preventing further loss and devastation to the people of Sierra Leone.

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 regional Special Operation 200773 in support of the response in September 2014. From September 2014 and throughout 2015, WFP’s Special Operation provided common services to support the international community’s response to Ebola, helping to maintain a high level of multidisciplinary services across the affected countries. Following the evolution of the outbreak and acknowledging that Ebola still poses a threat, the response has now moved into a third phase,1 projected to be in effect until mid-2016, with a greater focus on rapid response coordination and readiness.

While the regional Special Operation 200773 will end on 31 December 2015, this new Special Operation, tailored to Sierra Leone’s context, will allow WFP to leverage the recently established infrastructure and logistics capacity used throughout 2015. This will enable WFP to continue to provide a highly able and dedicated rapid response mechanism to deal with three concurrent Ebola chains of transmission (‘events’) at no cost to the user, while further augmenting WFP’s and its partners’ outbreak readiness and recovery activities.

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This BR 1 to SO 200927 extends the operation from 1 July through 30 September 2016 and increases the budget by USD 1,053,968. The revision will enable completion of transitional arrangements for WFP’s common services
strategy, in coordination with the Government, national disaster management authorities, United Nations Country Team, and partners. In parallel with Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation 200938, WFP will build on the work of the Special Operation to enhance capabilities of the Government and partners in disaster risk management, including emergency logistics