UN World Food Programme


the year of living dangerously

"You had to be strong to work in the Ebola crisis

because the fear was there every day"

Johnson S. Kolubah, WFP, Liberia

Guinea, 25 March 2014

An Ebola outbreak

is officially declared by the government

A week later

the World Food Programme
is already distributing food

But, this is a crisis like no other

No one is sure how it will evolve

One year later


Nearly 25,000 confirmed cases

The largest Ebola pandemic the world has ever seen

...destroying families... killing more than 10,000 people
in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

WFP’s team continues to provide critically needed food and support to survivors and their communities.

This is their story

This was their
Year of Living Dangerously


See WFP's response

  • Deployed 1,000 staff (800 local and 240 international)
  • Delivered 50,000 metric tons of food to 2.5 million people
  • Provided logistics expertise to humanitarian agencies through 14 hubs
  • Supported WHO health workers in remote locations
  • Flew more than 9,000 people and 82 metric tons of cargo through UNHAS
  • Transported 50,000 metric tons of cargo for 63 organizations
  • Built treatment centres in 3 countries
  • Built 30,000 sq. metres of facilities to house
    critical medical supplies and protection gear
  • Established internet in 84 locations for 2,000 humanitarian staff
  • Provided Ebola-free communities with food

* as of March 2015

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Today WFP is

  • Providing food to survivors and their families
  • Providing cash transfers to those most vulnerable
  • Supporting the reopening of schools and resumption of school feeding
  • Boosting the local economies with food purchases from local farmers
  • Improving health awareness and safe food distribution
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