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Liberia + 5 others
Ebola : le chef de l'ONU salue les mesures annoncées par les Etats-Unis

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UN News Service

17 septembre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, s'est félicité vivement de l'annonce faite mardi par le gouvernement des États-Unis d'une série de mesures de soutien à la lutte mondiale contre la maladie à virus Ebola qui frappe plusieurs pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest.

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World + 10 others
New fund for victims of conflict-related violence and natural disasters

The government has decided to create a new emergency aid fund for the 2014-2017 period. In total an extra €570 million will be made available to meet the most immediate needs of those affected by conflict-related violence and natural disasters. This is in addition to the existing €210 million annual humanitarian aid budget.

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
Fact Sheet: CDC Ebola Surge – 2014

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is actually the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — affecting multiple countries in and around West Africa. Although the current epidemic does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, CDC is taking precautions at home in addition to its activities abroad.

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Liberia + 4 others
West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (as of 17 September, 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On September 16, U.S. President Barack H. Obama announced the creation of a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia to provide regional command and control support for the U.S. military response to EVD.

  • The EVD caseload continues to increase rapidly, with more than more than 2,340 cases identified in the past 21 days.

  • USAID/OFDA contributed $5.7 million in additional support for EVD response activities in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Liberia + 2 others
The Economic Impact of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic: Short and Medium Term Estimates for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

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World Bank

The World Bank found that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold.

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
UK to increase support to Sierra Leone to combat Ebola

Foreign Secretary announces further support to tackle Ebola in West Africa, including the UK leading on provision of 700 treatment beds in Sierra Leone.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a meeting this afternoon of the Government’s COBR emergency committee, on the UK’s response to the Ebola crisis. After the meeting the Foreign Secretary said:

“The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is already an unprecedented humanitarian emergency for the affected countries. If we fail to act now it could become a global catastrophe with disastrous consequences.

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Liberia + 2 others
Ebola situation is ‘worse than war’, say Liberians

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Plan

2 September 2014: People in Ebola-blighted Liberia have told Plan that the current situation is ‘worse than a war zone’ as the deadly disease continues to claim lives.

The country, which suffered a total of eleven years of civil war between 1989 and 2003, has been brought to its knees by the deadly virus, which has now reached nine counties and killed at least 694 people.

According to Mamadee Kamara, a social worker in Lofa County based in Voinjama, community members are fast losing hope, believing that they will soon be dead from the deadly virus.

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Liberia + 4 others
17 September 2014: West Africa - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak

Situation

• The number of new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), continue to increase in the five West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. As of 16 September (WHO), 4 985 people have been infected and 2 461 people have died in the five affected countries (suspected cases included).

• Liberia is facing a doubling of new Ebola cases every two weeks. As of 13 September, Sierra Leone is considering a strategy to offer community based treatment for the epidemic that is out of control.

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Nigeria + 9 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (10 - 17 September 2014)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
60 PER CENT RISE IN ATTACKS AGAINST AID WORKERS
As of this week, 987 hostile incidents against aid workers were reported in 2014, mostly in Bangui and Bambari. Incidents have increased by 60 per cent since May 2014. DISPLACEMENTS IN MBOMOU
New displacements were registered on 10 September in Mbomou region due to rebel fighting. As of 11 September, there are a total 174,397 IDPs in CAR, and 417,130 people have fled to neighbouring countries.
MINUSCA ARRIVES

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Ethiopia + 7 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook September 18 – September 24, 2014

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  • Seasonal shower activity weakens, leaving many anomalously dry areas as the ITCZ/ITF withdraws across the Sahel.
  • Heavy September rains lead to flooding, and damaged crops throughout many parts of Uganda.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

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Mauritania + 16 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: West and East Africa

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Sahel

• The Sahel region has undergone significant and widespread rainfall deficits, leading to significantly below average vegetation levels.

• Worst affected areas are Senegal, southern Mauritania, eastern Niger, NE Nigeria and central Chad • There was some recovery from late July, in particular in Niger and Chad. However, Senegal and Mauritania remained affected by persistent rainfall deficits.

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Ebola : une équipe médicale attaquée et la tension monte dans le sud

Le bilan de l’attaque contre une délégation composée de professionnels de la santé et représentants de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) qui a visité hier le village de Womé, dans la province du sud de Nzerekore, épicentre de l’épidémie d’Ebola, reste incertain.

Le portail d’information locale Africaguinee a communiqué un bilan provisoire d’une ou quatre victimes et d’une dizaine de blessés, dont certains professionnels de la santé. D’après des sources de presse internationale, certains membres de l’équipe médicale et d’experts sont portés disparus.

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Guinée : La BAD apporte un appui budgétaire de 18 millions de dollars pour améliorer la gestion des finances publiques et le climat des affaires.

La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a accordé le 15 septembre 2014 à Abidjan un appui budgétaire de 18 millions de dollars EU à la Guinée pour soutenir les conditions d’une croissance inclusive, à travers le renforcement de la gestion publique et l’amélioration du climat des affaires.

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Liberia + 2 others
L’épidémie d’Ebola révèle l’état des systèmes de santé africains

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Amnesty

Par Savio Carvalho, conseiller principal sur le développement international et les droits humains à Amnesty International

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Poor will die of hunger, not just Ebola, say Sierra Leoneans

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Plan

Supplies of food are running so low in Sierra Leone that residents fear many could die of hunger if the Ebola virus is not contained soon.

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Liberia + 3 others
Further assistance to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Joint media release:

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
  • Minister for Health, The Hon Peter Dutton MP

The Australian Government will immediately provide a further $7 million to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. We share the international community’s deep concern over the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa.