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Sierra Leone + 3 others
Switzerland commits a further CHF 500,000 to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Bern, 23.07.2014 - The SDC is allocating CHF 500,000 to support Médecins Sans Frontières-Switzerland (MSF-Suisse) in its work to combat the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This further contribution to MSF-Suisse is in addition to the annual amount the SDC gives to it and also to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Guinea + 2 others
Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 23 July 2014

Epidemiology and surveillance

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

Between 18 – 20 July 2014, 45 new cases and 28 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases.

The respective Ministries of Health continue to work with WHO and its partners to implement outbreak containment measures.

Health sector response

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Sudan + 13 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 24 – July 30, 2014

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  • A large area of enhanced rainfall may trigger localized flooding across parts of eastern Sudan.
  • Consistently poor rainfall has led to deteriorating ground conditions across northeastern Nigeria and western Chad.

1) The potential for significantly heavy rainfall remains forecast over the River Nile and Kassala provinces of eastern Sudan, which may trigger localized flooding and elevated river levels along the Nile River basin during the next seven days.

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Nigeria + 5 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (17 - 22 July 2014)

Affected persons are sheltering in schools, churches and in host communities. Malaria, diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases were reported at refuge centres.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Guinea + 2 others
Maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest – mise à jour 19 juillet 2014

Bulletin d’information sur les flambées épidémiques 19 juillet 2014

Épidémiologie et surveillance

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Liberia + 2 others
Hong Kong Red Cross second round delegates work in response to Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa

First local Clinical Psychologist helps support the affected

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Press Release on the EBOLA Virus disease epidemic in Liberia, July 22, 2014.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reaffirmed that the Ebola outbreak in the country is a National Emergency, and has called on all Liberians and residents within the borders of Liberia, to join the government and partners in the fight against the deadly virus.

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Liberia + 2 others
The World Health Organization’s Regional Director Dr Sambo calls for accelerated efforts to control Ebola

Monrovia, 22 July 2014 - The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa Dr Luis Sambo began official visits to the three West African Countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. On the first leg of the visit, the Regional Director arrived in Liberia on Monday 21 July 2014 to review current outbreak response and challenges, and explore the best ways to rapidly contain the EVD outbreak in West Africa.

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Guinea + 2 others
Dispelling the myths of Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and its spread to other areas of West Africa has caused global alarm. As one of the world's most infectious and deadly diseases, with no cure, the level of fear surrounding Ebola is to an extent expected. However, much of the fear is rooted in misunderstandings. Dispelling these misunderstandings is perhaps the biggest challenge in tackling Ebola and is critical to furthering our knowledge about the disease and efforts to control it.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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ACT Appeal: Liberia: Ebola Sensitization and Prevention - LBR141

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ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$ 234,353

Balance Requested: US$ 184,353

Geneva, 22 nd July 2014

Dear Colleagues,

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World + 6 others
No time to lose: New UNICEF data show need for urgent action on female genital mutilation and child marriage

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LONDON/NEW YORK, 22 July 2014 – The UK Government and UNICEF are hosting today a first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.

UNICEF data released today show that while prevalence has decreased slightly over the past three decades, rates of progress need to be scaled up dramatically, simply to offset population growth in the countries where the practices are most common.

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Guinea + 2 others
As Ebola outbreak worsens, doctors battle with beliefs and shortages

SOS Children’s Villages programmes continue efforts to raise awareness and battle the spread of the disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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Liberia: Ebola Virus Disease outbreak - Revised Emergency appeal n° MDRLR001

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This revised Emergency Appeal for a total of CHF 1,931,240 (increased from CHF 517,766) enables the IFRC to support the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 1.5m people, with a focus on information and communication, education, awareness raising, and social mobilization, surveillance, case identification and contact management, case management (including management of dead bodies), psychosocial support, and regional preparedness and response.

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Guinea + 2 others
Le danger des chauve-souris frugivores dans l'épidémie d'Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest

La FAO est à pied d’œuvre en Guinée, au Libéria et en Sierra Leone pour empêcher la transmission du virus mortel à l'homme

21 juillet 2014, Rome – Il faut intensifier les efforts pour faire prendre conscience aux communautés rurales d'Afrique de l'Ouest des risques qu'elles courent de contracter le virus Ebola en consommant certaines espèces de faune sauvage, notamment les chauve-souris frugivores, a mis en garde la FAO aujourd'hui.

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Guinea + 2 others
FAO warns of fruit bat risk in West African Ebola epidemic

Organization working to help prevent transmission of deadly virus from wildlife to humans in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

21 July 2014, Rome – Increased efforts are needed to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species including fruit bats, FAO warned today.

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Guinea + 2 others
Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 18 July 2014

Epidemiology and surveillance

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

The current epidemic trend of EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with 67 new cases and 19 deaths reported from 15 – 17 July 2014. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases.

The EVD outbreak in Guinea continues to show a declining trend, with no new cases reported during this period.

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West Africa (Liberia) Ebola Virus Disease Response: SitRep #1

BACKGROUND

A rapidly evolving regional outbreak of the highly contagious Ebola viral disease has claimed 613 lives in West Africa according to the latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The total number of cases attributed to Ebola has risen to 982.