More than 30,000 Ebola workers paid with support from UNDP

Oct 20, 2015

To combat the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, UNDP provided hazard payments to Ebola Response Workers (nurses, doctors, contact tracers, ambulance drivers) who were risking their lives to combat the virus. Thousands of citizens, including medical professionals, mobilized to safely track Ebola cases, treat the sick, and bury the dead. By 2015, UNDP had supported governments to pay nearly 20,000 Ebola Response Workers to combat the virus in all three countries.

These are countries "coming out of conflict, with very poor infrastructure, very small, under-resourced and under-trained health workforces, overwhelmed by a crisis which even in Western countries would severely stress the system," said Peter Graaf, the UNMEER Ebola crisis manager for Liberia.

"One of the very challenging and complex areas was the Ebola response workers payments. The government really needed help to make sure they were paid so they could work," said Ghulam Sherani, Head of Payments for UNDP in Sierra Leone.

"Hazard pay had the most impact on getting the people in this country to come in and join the fight, regardless of how many medical doctors we would have had coming in, if the hazard pay wasn't around, (...) it would have been a very difficult situation". Raymond Kabya, District Coordinator for Ebola in Port Loko, Sierra Leone.


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