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01 Sep 2015 description

Highlights

  • For the week of 24 – 30 August, two cases have been reported, in Conakry in Guinea. One case was reported in Sierra Leone

  • Following the release of the last person undergoing treatment for Ebola in Sierra Leone on 24 August, a further case was identified on 30 August from a post-mortem swab. This highlights the need for ongoing vigilance.

01 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015

Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.

01 Sep 2015 description

MONROVIA, Aug 31, (UNHCR) – Paul Gbedji is a civil engineer. But the hardest thing he has ever had to build was a new life.

Staring out through the pouring rain across the construction site in Liberia where he has been working for eight years, he says with a smile: "I am doing a nice job

Paul is a refugee who lost his entire family back in Togo.

"Togo is a beautiful country," he sighs. "And I was living good, working in my brother's construction company. I could sit down, design and create."

01 Sep 2015 description

Between January and June 2015, UNHAS operated flights in 17 countries, serving more than 300 scheduled destinations.

More than 3,400 mt of cargo airlifted — One third transported in response to the EVD outbreak

Highlights

To reach the most vulnerable in some of the world's most remote and challenging locations, airdrops for life-saving food deliveries are organized as a last resort. In May, the World Food Programme (WFP) carried out its first successful airdrop of vegetable oil in South Sudan.

01 Sep 2015 description

Atypically prolonged lean season contributes to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity

KEY MESSAGES

  • The majority of the poor households throughout the country will face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity between now and the end of the lean season in September due to an atypically prolonged lean season and weak household purchasing power.

01 Sep 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

30 Aug 2015 description

Regional Highlights

 In the last month, the number of confirmed cases of Ebola in the region has drastically decreased.

o In the week ending 16 August 2015, there were three confirmed cases of Ebola, all of which were reported in Guinea.

o In the last two weeks, the number of contacts under observation has halved from 1,600 to 800.

28 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sierra Leone discharges final Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patient; no new EVD cases reported in the country for the second consecutive week

  • Overall weekly EVD case incidence across EVD-affected West African countries has remained at three confirmed cases for four consecutive weeks

  • All EVD contacts in Liberia complete 21-day monitoring period; countrywide surveillance efforts continue

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

28 Aug 2015 description
report Carter Center

ATLANTA…The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, has exceeded its goal of training 150 mental health clinicians by 2015, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals across all 15 counties to provide much needed care. The newest class of 22 clinicians who graduated today brings the total mental health clinicians trained to 166 and will join the effort to improve access to mental health services in Liberia.

28 Aug 2015 description

Women in Liberia will have an excellent opportunity to make their voices heard when a referendum on constitutional reform is held next year, said Counselor Gloria Musu Scott, who chairs Liberia’s Constitutional Review Committee (CRC).

Just recently,Counselor Scott presented the recommendations of the National Constitution Conference to the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, following many months of consultation with a wide range of community representatives throughout the country.

28 Aug 2015 description

Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.

27 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - For the first time in more than a year, no one in either Sierra Leone or Liberia is being treated for Ebola, raising hopes that after more than 11,000 deaths and 28,000 infections throughout West Africa, the epidemic could finally be winding down.

But 18 months after the World Health Organization (WHO) formally announced the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in March 2014, the last thing the region needs is another false dawn. Three months ago, Liberia was declared free of the virus only for new cases to emerge.

27 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three cases reported in Guinea; no new cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia as of 25 August.

  • High-Level Panel visit to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • Positive interim results of ring vaccination trials.

  • More work and resources required to ensure necessary support for Ebola survivors.

  • 600 police in Conakry trained to help monitor burials to prevent new transmission chains in Guinea.

KEY FIGURES FOR EBOLA COUNTRIES

27 Aug 2015 description
report Insecurity Insight

Agency Reports and Open Source Data

Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.

27 Aug 2015 description

Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015

Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.