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10 Oct 2015 description


  • WHO reports first full week of no new confirmed cases in region since March 2014

  • GoG adopts new comprehensive EVD surveillance plan

  • USG DART continues to support development of local EVD care capacity as USAID/OFDA-supported ETUs close


09 Oct 2015 description
report Voice of America

NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY—Johnson & Johnson has begun clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.

The vaccine regimen is part of a new study being conducted in that nation's Kambia district, where some of the country's most recent Ebola cases have been reported.

More than 11,000 people have died from the Ebola virus since the latest outbreak emerged in late 2013, nearly all of them in West Africa in and around Sierra Leone.

There is currently no licensed vaccine, treatment or cure for Ebola.

09 Oct 2015 description

New Mercy Corps Project to Benefit 1.5 Million People through Better Health Information and Community Health Groups

GBARNGA, LIBERIA, October 9th 2015 --- Today at a workshop in Gbarnga, Liberia, Mercy Corps launched the second phase of its Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP 2), funded by the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). This program will engage a wide network of local NGOs and radio stations across Liberia to bolster community preparedness against Ebola as well as other major infectious diseases.

09 Oct 2015 description
report Christian Aid

Strategic report

Objectives and activities

In 2015, as the Millennium Development Goals reach their deadline, the world can reflect on real progress. Since 1990, thanks to the actions of millions of people around the globe, extreme income poverty has been cut by almost two-thirds, child mortality has fallen by more than half, and more children are attending primary school than ever before.

But these achievements tell only part of the story.

09 Oct 2015 description
report CARE

Out of school and into marriage: 39,000 girls forced to marry every day

Girls in 26 countries are more likely to be forced into marriage than to enroll in secondary school, research from CARE has found.

The report, Vows of Poverty, has been released to mark the International Day of the Girl on 11 October and provides a snapshot of the forces that drive girls into marriage and out of school.

The report found:

09 Oct 2015 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Kieran McConville

How one Ebola treatment center underwent a dramatic change of purpose

Sam Holder is leading us up a narrow bush path towards John Logan Town, a small city deep in the forests of Grand Bassa County in northern Liberia. It took two hours driving to get here from the main road, along a deeply rutted and often flooded dirt track. Eventually the water was too deep for even a Land Cruiser to get through and the only passage was on foot, using slippery logs to cross the swollen streams.


09 Oct 2015 description

Due to its expertise in logistics, engineering and telecommunications, WFP has been requested to provide dedicated Common Services to the Ebola Response.

All activities are being implemented under Special Operation 200773 .

Common Services in Numbers ( as of 28 September 2015 )

Overall requirements: US$ 205 million

26 ,776 passengers & 8mt cargo transported by UNHAS

2,282 mt dispatched by UNHRD

The Logistics Cluster facilitated across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia (since 4 September 2014)*:

08 Oct 2015 description
report UN Women

As countries across the African continent gear up for elections in the coming months, women are taking an active role in ensuring peaceful voting and meaningful participation, through Women’s Situation Rooms.

08 Oct 2015 description

Strong currents, high waves, and frequent storm surges cause regularly damage on Liberia’s coast line and expedite coastal erosion. People living on the coast often live in temporary or poorly constructed houses which offer little protection from the storm surges. In Robertsport, western Liberia, for example, an entire airfield was recently submerged by the rising sea level and a local police station was washed away.

07 Oct 2015 description

SEATTLE – Oct. 7, 2015 -- It’s been nearly a year since philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen pledged $100 million to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the single largest private gift to fight the disease. While critical progress has been made over the past year, the 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak exposed significant gaps in the world’s ability to effectively respond to global health crises.

07 Oct 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Wednesday 10/7/2015 - 18:21 GMT |

No new Ebola cases were confirmed last week, marking the first full week without fresh cases of the deadly disease in a year an a half, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

"No confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease were reported in the week to 4 October," WHO said in its latest situation report on the west African Ebola outbreak.

"This is the first time that a complete epidemiological week has elapsed with zero confirmed cases since March 2014," it said.

07 Oct 2015 description

Understanding the context and dynamics of a conflict is a major element in the resolution of conflict. In a post-conflict society, it constitutes a key pillar in the determination of the success of peacebuilding programmes and processes, and the consolidation of peace.

07 Oct 2015 description
report IRIN

By Prince Collins

07 Oct 2015 description


  • No confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 4 October. This is the first time that a complete epidemiological week has elapsed with zero confirmed cases since March 2014. All contacts have now completed follow-up in Sierra Leone. However, over 500 contacts remain under follow-up in Guinea, and several high-risk contacts associated with active and recently active chains of transmission in Guinea and Sierra Leone have been lost to follow-up. There remains a near-term risk of further cases.

07 Oct 2015 description


Calm is gradually returning in Bangui following the eruption of violence on 26 September in which at least 42 people were killed, over 300 injured and 37,000 displaced. Businesses, public transport and other activities are slowly resuming in the city centre. However, there are still barricades on certain roads and criminal activities have been reported in various neighbourhoods. Population movement and humanitarian access are still difficult due to insecurity.

07 Oct 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 6 Oct 2015 23:01 GMT

By Alex Whiting

LONDON, Oct 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traumatised by his experiences as a child soldier in South Sudan, 14-year-old Peter decided to settle an argument with two other children by taking an AK-47 from the local military barracks to shoot them.

Read the full article on AlertNet

06 Oct 2015 description

Ce rapport de situation est produit avec la collaboration des organisations impliquées dans la réponse à la maladie à virus Ebola. Il remplace les précédents rapports de situation produits par UNMEER. Il s’agit d’un extrait en français du rapport régional produit par le Bureau régional OCHA pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre et l’OMS. Il couvre la période 23 septembre au 6 octobre 2015. Le prochain rapport sera publié aux environs du 20 octobre 2015.

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