06 March 2014

Ban Soon-Taek, wife of UN Secretary-General and Activist, Visits UNFPA-Supported Projects in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - The United Nations Integrated Peace building Mission in Sierra Leone formally ended its operations after 15 years, marking a transition from the United Nations’ political mission to a more development-focused presence.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his wife, Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, visited the country to mark the occasion. While in Freetown, Mrs. Ban and First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma visited various UNFPA-supported programmes, including the Dworzak Community Health Centre and the Aberdeen Women’s Centre, which provides maternal and children’s health services, including fistula treatment.

Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek meets triplets born at the Dworzak Community Health Centre.

Mrs. Ban meets fistula patients at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown.

Mrs. Ban and First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma (centre) with the UNFPA Representative in Sierra Leone, Bannet Ndyanabangi (left), staff and fistula survivors at the Aberdeen Centre.

Mrs. Ban commended First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma for her role in the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Africa, or CARMMA, during a visit to the Dworzak Community Health Centre.