MANO RIVER UNION DISTRIBUTES HYGIENE KITS AND WASH MATERIALS TO FOUR BORDER DISTRICTS IN SIERRA LEONE

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID 19) in the MRU region, the Secretariat has been proactive in the mobilization of technical and financial supports from partners to enhance Member States efforts in the fight to contain the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic.

As part of the partnership through a memorandum of understanding, signed in November 2019, at Radison Blue Hotel (Freetown, Sierra Leone) between MRU and UNDP, the MRU, with the support of the UNDP, has joined the government of Sierra Leone in the response against COVID 19 by building the capacities of its JBSCBUs through training and the distributions of hygiene kits and WASH materials in targeted border districts of Sierra Leone-Guinea, and Sierra Leone-Liberia, namely the districts of Kambia and Pujehun on the one hand, and the districts of Kono and Porto Loko on the other hand.

The mission is expected to commence from May 11 to 15, 2020 where MRU is expected to collaborate with national partners including the Office of National Security (ONS) and Independent Police Complaints Board (IPCB).

Moreover, the MRU has identified additional 30 Joint Boarder Security and Confidence Building Units (JBSCBUs) where similar support shall be given in the response against the pandemic in those border communities. This action aims to strengthen the skills and capacities of border communities in the response against the spread of the pandemic.

The MRU is expected to continue its engagements with the governments of Member States in consolidating a regional effort in response to containing the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic.

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For More information contact:

Jerry B. Tarbolo, Jr.,

Programme Officer/focal person on COVID 19 Response at the MRU:

jtarbolo@mru.int / 079702816

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