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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Desperate Demand for Ebola Treatment in Sierra Leone; Five People Infected Every Hour

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Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 (M)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Oct. 1, 2014) — The demand for treatment beds and nurses to halt the rapid spread of Ebola across Sierra Leone is far outstripping supply, according to Save the Children.

An estimated 765[1] new cases were reported last week — a rate of five every hour - while there are only 327 beds in the country. The critical shortage comes as untold numbers of children are dying anonymously at home or in the streets, meaning the scale of the problem is massively unreported.

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UNICEF Guinea: Ebola Situation Report, 26 September 2014

Highlights

  • As of 23 September 2014, Guinea has recorded a total of 1074 cases and 648 deaths.

  • 178 children (0-18 years) are among the cases (140 confirmed, 30 probable, 8 suspected). Of the total cases, 112 children have died according to the Guinean Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.

  • This week UNICEF reached 71,818 households (486.307 people including 169,937 children) through door to door campaigns.

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Liberia + 3 others
AfDB, West African countries sign US $152 million Fight Back Ebola Programme

The President of the African Development Bank Group and representatives from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire on October 1, 2014 in Abidjan signed loan and grant agreements worth US $152 million to fight back the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

The signing ceremony took place immediately after the Fight Back Ebola Budget Support Programme was approved earlier in the morning by the AfDB Group Board of Directors, in recognition of the urgent need for liquidities of the concerned countries.

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Liberia + 3 others
La BAD et 4 pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest signent les accords d’un programme de riposte contre Ebola à hauteur de 152 millions USD

Le président du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement et les représentants du Libéria, de la Sierra Leone, de la Guinée et de la Côte d’Ivoire ont signé, le 1er octobre 2014, des accords de prêt et de don d’un montant de 152 millions de dollars US pour contrer la crise d’Ebola qui fait rage en Afrique de l’Ouest.

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Nigeria + 8 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (25 September - 01 October 2014)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
7 PER CENT DECLINE IN IDP FIGURES IN BANGUI
Internal displacement figures continue to decline with an estimated 62,579 IDPs living in 35 sites in Bangui as of 23 September – a seven per cent decrease since last month. According to WFP, the rainy season is causing logistical constraints that, coupled with insecurity, are delaying and/or impeding food distributions.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Liberia + 3 others
UN Ebola Crisis Centre: External Situation Report, 1 October 2014

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United Nations

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SRSG Banbury holds a press briefing announcing plans for tangible impact within 60 days

  • UNICEF expresses concern for at least 3,700 children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the onset of the recent outbreak in West Africa

  • U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S

  • To date, 25.7 per cent of the USD 988 million identified in OCHA’s Overview is received

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Somalia + 14 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook October 2 – October 8, 2014

  • Favorable, late-season rains continued throughout many regions of West Africa during the last week.
  • Significantly heavy rainfall forecast over northern Somalia and eastern Ethiopia.

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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Liberia + 2 others
Experimental Ebola vaccines: outcome of a WHO expert consultation 1 October

WHO Consultation on Ebola vaccines: beyond phase 1 clinical trials

From 29–30 September, WHO organized an expert consultation to assess the status of work to test and eventually license two candidate Ebola vaccines. More than 70 experts, including many from affected and neighbouring countries in West Africa, attended the event.

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Liberia + 2 others
WFP West Africa Ebola Response Situation Report #6, 30 September 2014

3 pillars of WFP support:

  1. Delivering food alongside the health re-sponse;

  2. Ensuring the movement of partner staff and materials; and

  3. Providing common services and infrastruc-ture support for health partners.

In numbers

To date, in the three most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone:

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Liberia + 3 others
The EU response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

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European Union

With more than 6500 people infected and well over 3000 dead at the time of writing, the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is undoubtedly the worst in history. In addition, the indications are, unfortunately, that these shocking figures are vast underestimates. So far, the countries affected are Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone

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Guinea + 2 others
Afrique de l'Ouest : plus de 3.700 enfants ont perdu au moins un parent à cause d'Ebola - UNICEF

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UN News Service

30 septembre 2014 – Au moins 3.700 enfants en Guinée, au Libéria et en Sierra Léone ont perdu au moins un parent à cause de l'épidémie d'Ebola depuis le début de l'épidémie, et une grande partie d'entre eux ont été rejetés par leurs familles par peur d'être infectés, selon une évaluation publiée mardi par le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF).

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Liberia + 2 others
Liberia, FAO and WFP start Rapid Food Security Assessment

Rapid field assessment mission on food security and livelihoods to Liberia’s 15 counties is part of efforts to mitigate any food insecurity at the community level following the outbreak of Ebola.

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World + 11 others
Les pays en développement devraient recruter leurs étudiants en médecine et en soins infirmiers dans les régions rurales –L'épidémie du virus Ébola en Afrique occidentale est aggravée par la pénurie de personnel de la santé

AVIS AUX LECTEURS: Le Bulletin de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé a été créé par elle pour être un forum permettant aux experts de la santé publique de publier leurs observations, d’exprimer leurs opinions et d’inciter un plus large public à réfléchir sur les questions essentielles de santé publique dans l'actualité. Par conséquent, les opinions exprimées par les auteurs dans ces pages ne représentent pas nécessairement celles de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé.

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World + 13 others
Ebola ne ferait qu'une bouchée de la plupart des systèmes de santé africains

10/01/2014 06:21 GMT

Par Selim SAHEB ETTABA, avec les bureaux africains de l'AFP

DAKAR, 1 octobre 2014 (AFP) - Les pays d'Afrique subsaharienne se retrouvent inégalement armés face à la menace d'Ebola, mais pratiquement aucun ne tiendrait le choc contre une épidémie d'ampleur, par manque d'infrastructures et de personnels sanitaires de base, selon des spécialistes.

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World + 12 others
Africa's uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola

10/01/2014 02:03 GMT

by Selim SAHEB ETTABA

DAKAR, October 1, 2014 (AFP) - The disparity in African countries' ability to fight Ebola has left the continent fighting an uneven struggle against a disease that doesn't respect borders -- yet relatively simple measures could help, experts say.

While countries like Ivory Coast, Kenya and South Africa have well-equipped hospitals with specialist units and high-tech labs, vast expanses of the continent remain health-care deserts.

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Liberia + 3 others
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General arrives in Accra to establish the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response Headquarters

ACCRA, GHANA, 30 September 2014 – As the number of patients with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone surpassed 6500 with more than 3000 deaths, the United Nations is increasing the momentum to curb the spread of the disease. The Special Representative of the Secretary General, Mr. Anthony Banbury, arrived in Accra Monday 29 September to head the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which will join governments and international partners to respond to the Ebola outbreak.

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Liberia + 4 others
UN Ebola Crisis Centre: External Situation Report 30 September 2014

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United Nations

HIGHLIGHTS

• UNMEER SRSG Banbury and team arrive in Accra

• UNMEER advance team in Guinea meets with UNCT and Minister for International Cooperation

• Recently opened humanitarian air - bridge in Dakar results in strained capacity at Dakar airport

• China provides financial support to Ghana for its Ebola preparedness plans

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World + 11 others
Medical and nursing students’ intentions to work abroad or in rural areas: a cross-sectional survey in Asia and Africa

A cross-sectional survey reveals that less than one fifth of medical and nursing students in developing countries intend to work in remote and rural areas, where they are needed most.