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29 Dec 2014
Conakry, Guinea, 29 December —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has made additional incentive payments to 758 health personnel working in four Ebola treatment units in Guinea, ensuring their life-saving work can continue without any interruption.
UNDP was requested by Guinea’s National Coordination Unit against Ebola to complete existing salaries with incentive pay for the French Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and Alima, three Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Donka, Macenta, Kissidougou and Nzérékoré.
“Staff are motivated. UNDP has already taken important measures and have created a good strategy. This has made a fundamental difference,” said Pélé Bilivogui, General Secretary of the National Ebola Response from the Guinean Ministry of Health.
Working with the UN Mission or Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and the World Bank, UNDP supported to Ministry of Health to harmonize payrolls, and ensure the USD 220,000 was deposited in local banks so that health workers could retrieve it easily. In Macenta, the payment was disbursed in cash because there was no banking facility nearby.
“Today, as many as 8,000 workers are being paid and supported to fight Ebola and that number may eventually go up to 25,000. As many as fifteen different national and international agencies and donors are currently engaged in the process. Harmonizing this huge financial effort in a very short period of time is crucial,” said Marc Wajnsztok, the UNDP Technical Adviser for payments to Ebola Workers.
UNDP is the lead UN agency on coordination of payments to Ebola workers, including treatment center staff and lab technicians, contacts tracers and burial teams, via already-existing payment systems.
UNDP is working with government and partners to set up information management systems and strengthen existing payment methods as needed, and is leading on rolling diagnosis, monitoring and risk analysis of the payment systems in all three countries.
In Guinea, UNDP will assist the Guinean government in creating a platform so that payments made by the government, can continue to be delivered in full and on time.
Media Contact: Nicolas Douillet, Communications Specialist, UNDP Africa. Tel: +1.212.906.5937. Nicolas.firstname.lastname@example.org
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