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22 Dec 2014 description

BEIJING – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) are launching a public fundraising campaign with Tencent, one of the world’s largest internet companies, to raise funds to fight Ebola.

Funds raised from the campaign will go towards WFP’s emergency operations to meet the basic food and nutrition needs of affected families and communities in the three countries worst affected by Ebola – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

22 Dec 2014 description

With the assistance and support of donors and implementing partners, IOM delivers an ongoing coordinated response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, including such services as:

  • Installation of three Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia

  • Training airport staff to screen passengers for Ebola at Lungi International Airport and educating frontline responders to work safely and efficiently with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone

  • Rehabilitation and equipping of Provincial Emergency Operations Centres in Guinea

22 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DG Consultations on Ebola were held with Senior IOM staff at IOM HQ on 11-12 December 2014 to further strengthen IOM’s regional response.

  • The first child Ebola survivor, age 8, was discharged on 6 December 2014 in Tubmanburg, Liberia.

  • Over 100 people attended the Town Hall meeting in Buchanan, Liberia, where IOM shared the benefits of the local Ebola Treatment Unit.

  • 499 healthcare workers, including Ebola survivors, recently graduated from the Ebola Training Academy in Sierra Leone.

21 Dec 2014 description

Paris, France | AFP | Sunday 12/21/2014 - 16:27 GMT

Guinea's president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout west Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram.

Alpha Conde's comments came after the radical group kidnapped 185 people in northeast Nigeria on December 14, in a chillingly similar event to the April abduction in Chibok of more than 200 school girls.

21 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Since last week, 124 new cases have been reported, bringing the total cases in Guinea to 2,416 (2,127 confirmed; 263 probable and 26 suspected cases).

  • The case fatality rate is still high at 63%, with 1,525 deaths among the 2,416 total cases.

21 Dec 2014 description

KEY POINTS

  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has started his visit to West Africa in Ghana.

  • A warehouse with supplies for the EVD operation caught fire yesterday morning at the main humanitarian logistics base in Conakry, Guinea.

  • In Sierra Leone, WFP has started distributing food baskets to prevent households from going to local markets during the Western Area Surge.

21 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

20 décembre 2014 – S'il a concédé que beaucoup restait encore à faire pour éradiquer l'épidémie d'Ebola en Guinée, le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a déclaré samedi que les efforts nationaux, régionaux et mondiaux avaient « considérablement » ralenti la propagation du virus mortel dans le pays, redonnant l'espoir à des milliers de personnes et autorisant les communautés à anticiper une reprise socio-économique.

21 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

20 December 2014 – Cautioning that much remains to be done to wipe out Ebola in Guinea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that joint national, regional and global efforts have “significantly” slowed the spread of the deadly virus, giving hope to thousands of people and providing space for communities to look ahead to socio-economic recovery.

20 Dec 2014 description

La ayuda alimentaria es fundamental en la lucha contra el Ébola en África Occidental.

Esta operación es posible gracias a la base logística humanitaria que el PMA y la Cooperación Española mantienen en el puerto de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria y que facilita el envío de ayuda humanitaria al continente africano

El Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) enviará, con la colaboración de la Cooperación Española, un buque con ayuda alimentaria a los países afectados por la epidemia de Ébola en África Occidental.

19 Dec 2014 description

Workers involved in handling, treatment, transport and disposal of medical, laboratory and other waste must be protected from exposure to Ebola virus—which causes Ebola virus disease—and from physical and chemical hazards that may be associated with waste management tasks.

19 Dec 2014 description

Category: West Africa

More than 6000 deaths caused by Ebola have now been reported in the six countries affected since spring 2014. As a humanitarian actor in two of the affected countries, DRC is implementing a strategy to ensure security and non-medical assistance.

19 Dec 2014 description

I. Points saillants

 Appui de plusieurs partenaires par L’UNICEF pour mener de larges campagnes d’information et de sensibilisation sur les mesures de prévention et les comportements à adopter pour lutter contre la maladie à virus Ebola. Ces activités ont été organisées tant à Conakry qu’à l’intérieur du pays par les ONG Santé Plus, AJCOM, AEM et Priorité Santé sur Conakry (Kaloum, Matam et Ratoma)et AGIL, AFA, AACG et PRIDE pour l’intérieur du pays (à Forécariah, Siguiri, Kouroussa, Kérouané, Nzérékoré, Yomou et Macenta).

19 Dec 2014 description

These Sitreps are distributed every two weeks. The next report will be issued on or around 28/12/14.

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster has not been activated in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As there are clear needs across the three affected countries for ICT services, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has mandated the World Food Programme (WFP), as global ET Cluster lead, to respond as if the cluster was activated. The ET Cluster, its partners and membership are responding together for a coordinated response.

19 Dec 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 6,387 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

19 Dec 2014 description

Experts in food security and agricultural production have addressed the issue

19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal – In addition to the health consequences in West Africa, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has also led to various economic and social disruptions in affected and neighbouring countries.

19 Dec 2014 description

Baltimore, United States | AFP | Friday 12/19/2014 - 07:49 GMT

by Robert MACPHERSON

For health care workers on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, risking their lives in stifling protective suits, relief could soon be on the way.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new-style outfit that is not only more comfortable, but also less likely to accidentally infect its users.

19 Dec 2014 description

New York -- Private sector organizations have stepped up their support to UNDP’s Ebola response, donating equipment and delivering services that will both benefit communities immediately and serve them long after the epidemic has ended.

“Businesses are now helping us fight Ebola with unprecedented innovation and creativity. Their contribution will also stay in those countries on the long-term, serving very important basic needs,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa.

19 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

18 December 2014 – A fire engulfed a United Nations warehouse in Guinea today that contained medicines and laboratory materials used for the fight against Ebola, causing no casualties but “a regrettable loss” in supplies, which the UN mission there vowed to quickly replace. An investigation into the fire was underway.

"This is a regrettable loss, but no one was hurt and we will move quickly together with our partners to replace the lost supplies", said Anthony Banbury, Head of the UN Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER).