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[Via Satellite 01-26-2015] Gisli Olafsson, emergency response director at NetHope, a consortium of 42 top global humanitarian organizations, has been in West Africa as part of the international response to the Ebola outbreak since October 2014. He has traveled between Ghana, Sierra Leone and Liberia, spurring on the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to combat the disease throughout the three countries.
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IOM delivered 6,500 Emergency Interim Care Packages for suspected Ebola cases to implementing partners in Sierra Leone on 16 January 2015.
IOM conducted field visits to Port Loko and Makeni in Sierra Leone on 15 and 16 January 2015 to meet with implementing partner Oxfam at their field offices to map out next steps on training and coordination with each District Ebola Command Centre (DERC).
Brazzaville, 20 janvier 2015 – L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) recommande désormais l’introduction du vaccin conjugué contre la méningite A, le MenAfriVac®, dans les calendriers de vaccination systématique en Afrique subsaharienne. Cette recommandation vise à protéger les nourrissons contre la méningite et à maintenir l’immunité à l’échelle de la population.
Brazzaville, 20 January 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends the conjugate meningitis A vaccine MenAfriVac® to be introduced in routine immunization schedules in sub-Saharan Africa. This recommendation ensures that infants are protected against meningitis and population-wide immunity is maintained.
• En 2014, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 91 361 cas et 1 583 décès de choléra (CFR=2%) dans 11 pays, soit trois fois plus de cas qu’en 2013.
• Les trois pays les plus affectés sont le Nigeria, le Ghana et la RDC qui comptent 93% des cas et 80 % des décès de la région. Les épidémies au Nigéria et au Ghana impactent directement les pays limitrophes du lac Tchad et du golfe de guinée.
• On observe une létalité élevée en zone sahélienne supérieure ou égale à 2% notamment au Nigéria, Tchad, Cameroun et Niger.
Britain will continue to provide the leadership and resources Sierra Leone needs to contain and control Ebola
Britain’s strategy in Sierra Leone has centred on making burials safe, increasing the number of available treatment beds and changing behaviour so people suspected of having Ebola seek treatment early. The UK will continue to ensure sufficient resources are available to tackle the outbreak.
The UK’s updated support will provide:
Accra, Ghana and Maputo, Mozambique face many development challenges, such as poor transport and drainage infrastructure, as a result of inadequate regulation and law enforcement. Climate change could lead to flooding and coastal erosion and will compound these challenges. Could better use of climate information in planning hold the answer? A new policy brief from the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme and CDKN lays out some options.
0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
In order to respond to the national Preparedness and Response Plan for the Ebola virus disease in Burkina Faso, and on the basis of the contribution agreement concluded in December 2014 between the Commission and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) an additional amount of EUR 963 000 is allocated to the present HIP.
• A two week long IOM Community Sensitization exercise that will target coastal slums in Freetown, Sierra Leone began 09 January.
• To ensure all airport staff undergo health screening prior to entry, 10 doctors now monitor the front gate, 24 hours a day, at Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone.
• IOM completed its first distribution of equipment, protective supplies, and office supplies to retrofit 14 Provincial Emergency Operations Centres throughout Guinea.
Support for innovative scale-up project with SickKids expected to improve the health and survival of approximately 6.7 million newborns and children in Ghana
January 13, 2015 - Toronto, Canada - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Reported case incidence continues to fluctuate in Guinea, with no identifiable downward trend. Ebola virus disease (EVD) continues to spread geographically within the country, with the prefecture of Fria reporting 2 confirmed cases for the first time. Case incidence has declined to low levels in Liberia. There are signs that incidence has levelled off in Sierra Leone, although transmission remains intense in the west of the country.
L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.
Countries in Africa have been working on improving their preparedness in the event of an Ebola outbreak. The WHO teams have provided simulated exercises in hospitals and technical training, for immediate emergency response and communication.
Mamo Jatta is a Regional Public Health and Surveillance Officer in The Gambia and, like many people living near Ebola affected countries, he is concerned the disease will enter his own country, “I recently visited the town where I grew up and wondered what would happen if Ebola were to hit us here, would we be ready for it?”
Les pays d’Afrique s’emploient à améliorer leur préparation en cas de flambée d’Ebola. Les équipes de l’OMS ont procédé à des exercices de simulation dans les hôpitaux et dispensé une formation technique concernant l’intervention d’urgence et la communication.
· There have been 20 206 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7905 reported deaths.
· Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia, although Liberia reported more cases in the week ending 28 December than in the previous week.
· There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. However, the west of the country is still experiencing the most intense transmission of all affected countries.
· The United Kingdom has reported its first confirmed case of Ebola.