Supporting the Protection and Well-being of Ebola-Affected Children in West Africa

Project completed

The potential for children to be separated from their families is heightened in Ebola Viral Disease (EVD)- affected countries due to parents being quarantined or treated for extended periods, parents dying, and the stigma associated with the disease leaving many children rejected/abandoned. With this project, family tracing, reunification support and alternative care shall be provided to 10,000 children to assure their successful reintegration into their families/communities. In fact, countries, communities, and other child protection actors need to reinforce case management/the identification, tracing and reunification (ITDR) system.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
West Africa
Humanitarian Assistance & DRR
Emergency food assistance
01.12.2014 - 30.06.2015
CHF 1'500'000

Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are facing the largest Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) outbreak ever recorded. The cumulative number of confirmed cases stands at 13,676 across the three countries, with an estimated 2,100 child deaths. Additionally, an estimate 7,500 children have lost at least one parent and now face stigma and discrimination from some of their other relatives and neighbours. No aspect of a child's life is untouched by this outbreak and children do not know how to respond.


UNICEF delivers quality and timely humanitarian response in emergency situations and underfunded emergencies.

Target groups

UNICEF beneficiaries in the targeted countries.

Medium-term outcomes

Protection of unaccompanied and separated children (care centers, foster care, family tracing and reunification).


Expected results:  

Provide family tracing and reunification support and alternative care to 10,000 children to assure their successful reintegration into their families and communities.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Humanitarian aid
Project partners Contract partner
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'500'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'500'000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  1'500'000
Project phases Phase 15 02.05.2016 - 31.07.2016   (Completed) Phase 14 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 13 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 12 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2016   (Completed) Phase 11 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 10 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed) Phase 9 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)

Phase 8 01.12.2014 - 30.06.2015   (Completed)

Phase 7 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 6 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 5 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 4 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 3 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 2 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed) Phase 1 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2013   (Completed)