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28 Mar 2015 description

Monrovia, Liberia | Saturday 3/28/2015 - 15:19 GMT

A Liberian woman who last week became the country's first Ebola patient in more than a month has died, a senior official said Saturday, adding that two new suspected cases had been identified.

The woman, who was diagnosed with Ebola on March 20, is the wife of a cured patient. The case was a setback to hopes that Liberia, once the worst-hit country, would be free of the epidemic soon.

28 Mar 2015 description

UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) today approved a total of US$ 58,573 to support projects aimed at building the communication capacities of Ebola affected countries in the Mano River Region.

The proposals, submitted by proponents in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are in line with UNESCO's Strategic Response to Ebola, which underlines the need to strengthen communication systems in the above countries.

27 Mar 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Sierra Leone commences three-day stay-at-home initiative to reinvigorate EVD response efforts

  • Liberia and partners sustain cross-border efforts

Key Political a nd Economic Developments

27 Mar 2015 description

Il y a un an, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé annonçait officiellement l’épidémie de la maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest. Depuis le 23 mars 2014, la Banque africaine de développement joue un rôle de premier plan dans la riposte contre cette épidémie. Le soutien de l’institution aux trois pays les plus touchés (le Libéria, la Guinée et la Sierra Leone) n’a jamais fléchi.

27 Mar 2015 description

FAITS SAILLANTS
• 2 milliards de dollars requis pour l’action humanitaire au Sahel en 2015.
• Plus de 190 000 réfugiés et rapatriés du nord du Nigéria au Cameroun, Tchad et Niger.
• 1,2 millions de déplacés internes dans le nord du Nigéria.
• Les communautés au Nigéria font face à une insécurité alimentaire et à la malnutrition.
•Zéro nouveau cas d'Ebola au Libéria, stagnation des chiffres en Sierra Leone et en Guinée.

27 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Since the start of the project in November 2014, IOM’s Health and Humanitarian Border Management team has screened over 30,000 passengers at Lungi International Airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

• 5,234 health care workers have been trained at IOM’s National Ebola Training Academy in Sierra Leone.

• Between 8 -21 March 4,600 travellers have been screened at Bo Waterside crossing point, Grand Cape Mount County in Liberia.

27 Mar 2015 description

Norway has provided more than NOK 500 million to the efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. The infection rate is now greatly reduced. Norway is therefore scaling down its efforts in cooperation with the authorities in the countries concerned and the UN. This means that Norwegian health workers will return to Norway at the end of March.

27 Mar 2015 description

Washington, United States | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 08:49 GMT

Two experimental Ebola vaccines, tested in Liberia on more than 600 people in a phase 2 clinical trial appear to be safe, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said Thursday.

The results confirm two clinical trials, each with some 20 people, that were carried out earlier in the United States.

The current, unprecedented epidemic of the disease has killed more than 10,000 people since it first emerged in early 2014 in west Africa, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

27 Mar 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Response partners launch several social mobilization initiatives in Guinea and Sierra Leone

  • Government authorities and response partners focus on cross border prevention measures Liberian authorities review Resilient Health System Investment Plan

Key Political and Economic Developments

  1. NSTR

Response Efforts and Health

26 Mar 2015 description

Washington, United States | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 21:56 GMT

The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study showed Thursday.

Previous research based on limited data had suggested that Ebola was mutating twice as quickly as in the past, researchers said in the journal Science.

26 Mar 2015 description

Washington, Etats-Unis | | jeudi 26/03/2015 - 18:09 GMT

Un vaccin expérimental fabriqué à partir du virus entier d'Ebola a été efficace chez des singes et pourrait mieux protéger que les vaccins expérimentaux n'utilisant qu'une partie de cet agent pathogène, selon une étude publiée jeudi.

26 Mar 2015 description

Washington, United States | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 18:41 GMT

An experimental Ebola vaccine has been shown to effectively protect monkeys against the often-deadly virus, according to a study published Thursday.

The new medicine, described in the journal Science, is what is known as a "whole virus" vaccine.

This means it is based on a non-active form of the entire virus instead of just fragments, and is more likely to trigger a broad immune response.

26 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • In February, households in Liberia used the same number or fewer negative coping strategies than in January. Food security continues to improve thanks to the recent harvest and lower incidences of Ebola. However, the poorest households used more coping strategies than in January.

  • Negative coping strategies are most prevalent in the northern and western counties of Lofa, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount.

26 Mar 2015 description

Tokyo – The Government of Japan is providing US$ 237.4 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) - The Ebola virus causing a devastating epidemic in West Africa is far more deadly in children than in adults, killing around 90 percent of babies under one who become infected, researchers said on Wednesday.

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25 Mar 2015 description

Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended the chief administrator, chief medical officer, doctors and staff at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center for the service they’re rendering the Liberian people and said she was very impressed with the improvements being made at the referral and teaching hospital.

“I’m very impressed with the improvement made at this hospital. With the staff and their dedication - many of them that were so good during the period of fighting Ebola – they are doing a tremendous job,” she said.