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26 Jan 2015 description

Dakar, Senegal | AFP | Monday 1/26/2015 - 14:01 GMT

Senegal reopened its land border with Guinea on Monday, pointing to the "significant efforts" of its neighbour in fighting an Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives.

People and goods can now "move freely by land between the two countries," the interior ministry said in a statement cited by the state-run Senegalese Press Agency.

26 Jan 2015 description
report Save the Children

Cinq millions d’enfants voient leur éducation scolaire compromise à cause du virus Ebola. Les conséquences pour leur avenir seront désastreuses.

26 Jan 2015 description

Highlights

 Following a request from WHO, the UNHRD Rapid Response Team (RRT) has rehabilitated a 40-bed holding centre in Kambia, northern Sierra Leone.

 The Logistics Cluster, through the Air Coordination Cell (ACC), will provide an additional free-to-user inter-agency flight on 27 January from the Europe Staging Area at Cologne Bonn Airport, to Freetown and Conakry, in order to facilitate the delivery of essential cargo to the affected countries.

26 Jan 2015 description
report IRIN

By Obinna Anyadike, Editor-at-Large

26 Jan 2015 description

Le Dr. Armand Sprecher, spécialiste en Santé publique à MSF, revient sur les protocoles de soins, les défis et les enseignements que l’on peut tirer de la plus importante épidémie d’Ebola de l’histoire, toujours en cours en Afrique de l’Ouest.

Y a-t-il un traitement standard à MSF pour les patients atteints par le virus Ebola?

26 Jan 2015 description

Reaching zero cases difficult unless weaknesses in the response addressed

26 January 2015: A downward trend of new cases is reported in Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Ebola management centres across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with just over 50 patients currently in its eight centres. While this is a promising development, the medical-humanitarian organisation cautions that loss of vigilance now would jeopardise the progress made in stemming the epidemic.

26 Jan 2015 description

1 . The first batch of the Korea Disaster Response Team (KDRT) (nine private-sector and military doctors and nurses) dispatched to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola returned home on January 26 after successfully completing its medical activities in the country for four weeks.

26 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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).

25 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

25 January 2015 – The Ebola outbreak is “clearly” in retreat throughout the affected countries of West Africa but the continuing emergency response shows the need for urgent changes so that “never again should the world be caught by surprise,” the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) told a special meeting on Ebola today.

24 Jan 2015 description

Summary

IFRC’s Ebola strategic framework is organized around 5 outcomes:

  • The epidemic is stopped

  • National Societies have better Ebola preparedness and stronger long term capacities

  • IFRC operations are well coordinated

  • Safe and Dignified Burials (SDB) are effectively carried out by all actors

  • Recovery of community life and livelihoods

24 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

23 January 2015 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will hold a special meeting on Ebola on Sunday, as one of its top officials noted that the outbreak is “still an incredibly dangerous situation” and warned against “a false sense of security” generated by the decline in new cases.

24 Jan 2015 description

How many lives could have been saved if translation had been considered earlier in the Ebola outbreak? In an interview on PRI’s the World, founder and president of Translators without Borders Lori Thicke, states that more translation at the beginning of the outbreak would have change the face of the epidemic.

According to Thicke aid agencies “lost an opportunity” by using messages in English. “It really gave rise to a lot of rumors that it was a government plot. If you speak to someone in their own language you're more likely to touch them, and convince them."

23 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

· According to the WHO reports there is a decline of confirmed cases in the country: 20 cases on the third week of January compared to 76 on the first week; the number of admissions in Ebola Treatment Unit is also declining.

· In partnership with CARITAS, UNICEF has set up 20 social Mediation Councils comprised of religious leaders of all faiths to act on resistance across the country; the social mediation councils have been deployed to communities reporting resistance

23 Jan 2015 description

Stopping Ebola requires everyone doing their part.

23 Jan 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Davos panel underscores need to guard against complacency in global response to EVD

  • US Ambassador to Liberia hands over primary healthcare centre in Bakedu

  • Response partners continue support to Liberia’s plan to open schools next month

Key Political and Economic Developments

23 Jan 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Friday 23/1/2015 - 15:23 GMT | 662 words

There is no licensed vaccine or treatment for Ebola, which has killed more than 8,600 people in West Africa out of more than 21,700 infected since the start of 2014.

This is the status of the quest for drugs to tackle the emergency.

  • VACCINES - US health authorities announced Thursday that a large-scale trial will start in hard-hit Liberia with the two leading candidate vaccines.

23 Jan 2015 description

La quatrième réunion du Comité d’urgence convoquée par le Directeur général de l’OMS au titre du Règlement sanitaire international (2005) [RSI (2005)] concernant la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest s’est tenue le mardi 20 janvier 2015, de 13 heures à 16 h 40 (HEC), avec les membres et les conseillers du Comité.

23 Jan 2015 description

Companies provide communications kits to boost coordination against Ebola in West Africa.

New York - In the fight against Ebola, good coordination can ultimately mean more lives saved. Telecommunications kits help aid coordination, cut response times, limit unnecessary travel and reduce needless contact in risk-prone areas.

23 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

22 January 2015 – The United Nations today commended Mali for stemming the Ebola outbreak and urged the West African nation to remain vigilant as neighbouring countries continue to report new cases as part of the epidemic that has recorded nearly 22,000 cases and more than 8,600 deaths to date.

Mali was declared Ebola-free earlier this week after a period of 42 days without a new case.

22 Jan 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • World Bank report forecast higher economic loses for affected countries

  • SE Nabarro provides an updated ONR in global efforts to stop Ebola

  • Border surveillance initiatives intensify

Key Political and Economic Developments