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Africa Ebola Coordination and Preparedness: Emergency Appeal Operation Update n° MDR60002, Operations update n° 1

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 2,893,667 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to supplement and to support the current country-level Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Emergency Appeals and preparedness operations supported by the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) targeting over 32 million people.

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Liberia + 2 others
Ebola Crisis Could Set Progress in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone Back a Decade

As UNSC Convenes for Emergency Meeting in New York, International Community Must Do More to Prevent Health Catastrophe

Media Contacts

Francine Uenuma 202.450.9153 Phil Carroll 267.992.6356

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WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Update - 18 September 2014

This is the fourth in a series of regular situation reports on the Ebola Response Roadmap1. The report contains a review of the epidemiological situation based on official information reported by ministries of health, and an assessment of the response measured against the core Roadmap indicators where available. Additional indicators will be reported as data are consolidated.

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Liberia + 2 others
Gendering the Ebola Outbreak: Connecting the Missing Dots

Ebola is indeed a great scare. News coverage of the outbreak, which has included sensational and heartbreaking stories of bodies of Ebola patients left to rot in the streets, clashes brought about by resisting quarantine, and narratives that have bluntly declared that there is “no end in sight” to the outbreak have indeed painted a picture of impending doom. As of 4 September, the virus has resulted in 1841 deaths in the three worst Ebola-hit West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea since its outbreak in March, according to the latest update from the WHO issued that day.

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Ebola: seven things that need to be done to tackle the outbreak

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Guardian

Experts and those in the field say what can be done to tackle Ebola, which has already killed more than 2,250 people

As the UN appeals for $1bn, experts and people working on the ground – from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the International Medical Corps, the Overseas Development Institute, the School of Oriental and African Studies, the World Health Organisation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – tell us seven things that can be done to tackle Ebola, which has already killed more than 2,250 people.

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Liberia + 1 other
WellPoint Supports AmeriCares Ebola Response

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AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 17, 2014 – WellPoint Foundation has become an AmeriCares Annual Emergency Response Partner to support the global health organization’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and other emergencies worldwide.

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Turning away the Ebola dying

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IRIN

MONROVIA, 17 September 2014 (IRIN) - A US announcement on 16 September to send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in Liberia was welcomed with relief by health workers, who are losing the battle to contain the disease.

Some 57 percent of Liberia's 2,407 cases have broken out in the past three weeks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a transmission rate that is vastly outstripping health workers' ability to treat patients safely. Health professionals have had no choice but to turn away the sick and the dying.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Liberia + 1 other
Germany to provide logistical help to Ebola-hit Liberia

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Deutsche Welle

Germany has said it will provide logistical help to tackle the West African Ebola crisis in the worst-hit country, Liberia. The World Bank has warned that the disease could have a "catastrophic" economic impact.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that Germany would provide logistical support to Liberia as the country struggles to cope with the crisis.

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Liberia + 5 others
Ebola : le chef de l'ONU salue les mesures annoncées par les Etats-Unis

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UN News Service

17 septembre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, s'est félicité vivement de l'annonce faite mardi par le gouvernement des États-Unis d'une série de mesures de soutien à la lutte mondiale contre la maladie à virus Ebola qui frappe plusieurs pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest.

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World + 10 others
New fund for victims of conflict-related violence and natural disasters

The government has decided to create a new emergency aid fund for the 2014-2017 period. In total an extra €570 million will be made available to meet the most immediate needs of those affected by conflict-related violence and natural disasters. This is in addition to the existing €210 million annual humanitarian aid budget.

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Fact Sheet: CDC Ebola Surge – 2014

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is actually the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — affecting multiple countries in and around West Africa. Although the current epidemic does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, CDC is taking precautions at home in addition to its activities abroad.

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West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (as of 17 September, 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On September 16, U.S. President Barack H. Obama announced the creation of a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia to provide regional command and control support for the U.S. military response to EVD.

  • The EVD caseload continues to increase rapidly, with more than more than 2,340 cases identified in the past 21 days.

  • USAID/OFDA contributed $5.7 million in additional support for EVD response activities in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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The Economic Impact of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic: Short and Medium Term Estimates for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

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World Bank

The World Bank found that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold.

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Testimony of Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Global Efforts to Fight Ebola

Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, and Members of the Subcommittee; thank you for inviting me to testify on the U.S. response to the ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and for your interest in USAID and this critical issue.

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UK to increase support to Sierra Leone to combat Ebola

Foreign Secretary announces further support to tackle Ebola in West Africa, including the UK leading on provision of 700 treatment beds in Sierra Leone.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a meeting this afternoon of the Government’s COBR emergency committee, on the UK’s response to the Ebola crisis. After the meeting the Foreign Secretary said:

“The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is already an unprecedented humanitarian emergency for the affected countries. If we fail to act now it could become a global catastrophe with disastrous consequences.

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Blog: A Community Approach To Managing The Ebola Threat

By Frances Kennedy — 17 September 2014

In Lofa County, one of Liberia’s most productive farming regions, rural communities have been deeply affected by the spread of the Ebola virus. Frances Kennedy visited Barkedu where the Ebola outbreak has claimed more than 165 lives and the community is creating its own systems to manage the Ebola threat. The World Food Programme is stepping up food assistance to this and other communities who are struggling to feed themselves.

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Ebola situation is ‘worse than war’, say Liberians

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Plan

2 September 2014: People in Ebola-blighted Liberia have told Plan that the current situation is ‘worse than a war zone’ as the deadly disease continues to claim lives.

The country, which suffered a total of eleven years of civil war between 1989 and 2003, has been brought to its knees by the deadly virus, which has now reached nine counties and killed at least 694 people.

According to Mamadee Kamara, a social worker in Lofa County based in Voinjama, community members are fast losing hope, believing that they will soon be dead from the deadly virus.

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French MSF worker tests positive for Ebola in Liberia

Paris / London, 17 September 2014 – The international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) confirms that one of its international staff members in Liberia has been diagnosed with Ebola haemorrhagic fever.

The French MSF staff member currently on assignment in Monrovia was placed in isolation on Tuesday, September 16, after she developed ​​a fever. Laboratory tests performed on the same day confirmed an Ebola infection.