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26 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

25 April 2015 – The United Nations Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).

In his role as Acting Special Representative, Mr. Graaff will work closely with the Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, and with the Governments in the region and other partners, according to a statement released today by the Secretary-General's Spokesperson.

25 Apr 2015 description

Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | samedi 25/04/2015 - 06:37 GMT

par Zoom DOSSO

Alors que l'épidémie d'Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest est sur le déclin, l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et les autorités sanitaires des pays touchés se penchent désormais sur les effets à long terme, très mal connus, du virus sur les survivants.

Cécité partielle ou totale, troubles de l'audition, douleurs articulaires, céphalées: une proportion non négligeable des survivants, selon les sources, se plaint d'effets secondaires parfois très handicapants.

25 Apr 2015 description

Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | Saturday 4/25/2015 - 03:03 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO

As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often-deadly virus on the survivors.

There is little research on patients cured of the tropical fever, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that many are experiencing crippling complications long after walking out of treatment units.

25 Apr 2015 description

KEY POINTS

• SRSG UNMEER in Guinea to observe latest progress and challenges.

• Sierra Leone focuses efforts on reducing community resistance in Samu Chiefdom, Kambia.

• Guinea’s campaign of sensitisation and early detection has reached 92% of targeted persons in Forécariah. Lessons are being learned from Forécariah in order to inform roll out to other areas.

Key Political and Economic Developments

1 . NSTR

Response Efforts and Health

24 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

DAKAR/GENEVA, 24 April 2015 – For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are conducting major nationwide immunization campaigns to protect millions of children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases.

24 Apr 2015 description

Key Findings

Resistance to the Ebola response

Resistance to the Ebola response has been more widespread and more severe in Guinea, than in Liberia and Sierra Leone, with sometimes violent incidents. This is due to a complex interaction of many factors, including underlying causes and the nature of the response.

Main factors contributing to resistance

  • Previous existing social and political tensions

  • General cultural distrust of strangers and unwillingness to accept them in the community

24 Apr 2015 description

Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia

  1. Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.

24 Apr 2015 description
report ACMAD

Climate conditions are favorable for a high vigilance for meningitis cases over eastern Senegal and Gambia, extreme north of Guinea, extreme south of Mauritania, southern Mali and Niger, the whole of Burkina Faso, extreme north of Nigeria and Cameroon, central south of Chad and southeast Sudan.

Moderate vigilance is detected over western Senegal and Gambia, the whole of Guinea Bissau, southern Guinea, northern Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, central north of Nigeria and Cameroon, south of Chad, extreme south of Sudan, northern South Sudan and CAR, and western Ethiopia .

24 Apr 2015 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 22 April 2015: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, commends the latest financial support bequeathed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank Group (WBG) in the fight against Ebola. Totaling $950 million, the financial support was confirmed at the World Bank-IMF Spring Meeting held in the United States this past weekend.

24 Apr 2015 description

Conakry, Guinea | AFP | Thursday 4/24/2015 - 00:40 GMT

by Selim Saheb Ettaba and Mouctar Bah

Security forces in Guinea killed a protester and wounded four others, witnesses said Thursday, as opposition supporters clashed with police at anti-government rallies in its largest towns and cities.

The violence broke out after the opposition called for a day of protest against the restive west African nation's hotly disputed election timetable, capping two weeks of riots in the capital Conakry.

24 Apr 2015 description

Moroccan carrier RAM airlifted, on Wednesday, a royal donation made up of 15 tons of medicines and medical equipment to Guinea Conakry to help it fight Ebola epidemic.

The health ministry said, in a statement to MAP, that this humanitarian aid is part of Morocco's support for international efforts aimed at containing the virus, and of the reinforcement of solidarity and cooperation ties between Morocco and African countries in general, and Morocco and Guinea Conakry in particular.