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18 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

17 décembre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé mercredi qu'il allait s'envoler dans la soirée pour se rendre dans les quatre pays les plus touchés par l'épidémie d'Ebola, la Guinée, le Libéria, le Mali et la Sierra Leone.

« Je veux voir la réponse (à cette épidémie) par moi-même et afficher ma solidarité envers les personnes les plus affectées », a expliqué M. Ban lors d'une conférence de presse au siège des Nations Unies à New York.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • Serum therapy supplies are available in Monrovia and treatment has started at ELWA centre. It is expected to begin at various ETUs in the country shortly.

  • A FEWSNET Liberia trader survey released on 9 December has revealed that between 40 and 50 percent of traders are reporting reduced daily market functioning in the counties most affected by EVD. It raises above 50 percent in Lofa County.

18 Dec 2014 description

KEY POINTS

  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will start his visit to West Africa today in Accra, Ghana.

  • The number of people facing food insecurity due to the EVD epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone could top 1 million by March 2015, FAO and WFP have warned.

  • In the last 21 days, 1,695 new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported in the three most affected countries, 1,261 of which in Sierra Leone.

18 Dec 2014 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause.

18 Dec 2014 description

This issue of the magazine examines some of the possible psychosocial consequences of working in dangerous situations, and how workers can protect themselves.

It includes a briefing note on providing psychosocial support in epidemics, as well as recommendations for health care workers on how best to operate when offering psychosocial support in dangerous situations.

Please see the bottom of this post for links to download the magazine in English, French and Spanish.

18 Dec 2014 description

In spite of seasonal declines, negative coping remains high in areas exposed to EVD

Highlights

  • Households are continuing to rely on high levels of negative coping mechanisms in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, and in Lofa County, Liberia – areas that were food-secure before the crisis. Ebola-induced food insecurity remains a serious concern.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlight — Food distribution in Waterloo, Sierra Leone

18 Dec 2014 description

Los proyectos apoyarán los Sistemas Nacionales de Protección Social en los países de África Occidental, priorizando las intervenciones en la región del Sahel y en las poblaciones más afectadas por el virus del Ébola

18 Dec 2014 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2015

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

17 December 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced he will leave today for the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak “to show my solidarity with those affected and urge even greater global action” to fight the epidemic, which two United Nations food agencies said could push the number of people facing food insecurity to more than one million by next spring.

18 Dec 2014 description
report MapAction

West Africa, 17 Dec - Since September MapAction has been actively involved in helping tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with deployments to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali and Ghana, as well as remote support for coordination efforts.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • WFP has rehabilitated Kankan airstrip, following a request by the Government of Guinea. The airstrip has now been cleared to receive UNHAS flights, facilitating the potential deployment of staff to the area.

  • WFP, in response to a request from UNMEER, is supporting the upcoming Western Area surge in Sierra Leone with the augmentation of health facilities.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • On December 11, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Spain discharged the last confirmed EVD patient in Mali.

  • More than 1 million people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone may experience severe food insecurity due to the EVD outbreak by March 2015—a 100 percent increase compared to December 2014.

18 Dec 2014 description

WHO and Member Country Failings Mean Global Health Systems Remain “Dangerously Inadequate” For Dealing With Health Emergencies Like Ebola, Says Committee

17 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • There have been 18 603 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6915 reported deaths.

  • Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.

  • There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country.

  • No new cases have been reported in Mali since 24 November. All contacts of the outbreak in Bamako have completed the 21-day follow-up period.