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Humane world cannot let West Africa suffer ‘on such extraordinary scale’ – UN health chief

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21 August 2014 – The newly-appointed United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola today began his visit to countries affected by the deadly disease, as the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) appealed for “massive, coordinated and targeted assistance” in the months ahead, saying “a humane world cannot let the people of West Africa suffer on such an extraordinary scale.”

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Liberia + 5 others
Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up

08/22/2014 03:07 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO with Kerry SHERIDAN in Washington

MONROVIA, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a west African neighbour to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease.

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Liberia + 3 others
Ebola: Le coordinateur de l'ONU veut être prêt à "affronter une flambée", le Sénégal ferme ses frontières

08/22/2014 02:48 GMT

Par Zoom DOSSO avec les correspondants de l'AFP à FREETOWN et CONAKRY

MONROVIA, 22 août 2014 (AFP) - Le coordinateur de l'ONU contre le virus Ebola veut être prêt à "affronter une flambée si nécessaire" de l'épidémie, au moment où le Sénégal ferme ses frontières avec la Guinée et que Kinshasa annonce 13 morts de fièvre "d'origine indéterminée".

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Liberia + 3 others
Entretien : le Coordonnateur de l'ONU pour Ebola s'attaque aux mythes entourant la maladie

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21 août 2014 – Alors que l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) renforce son action contre l'épidémie de maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest, l'Organisation des Nations Unies au sens large a lancé un effort sans précédent de coordination pour aider la Guinée, le Libéria, le Nigéria et la Sierra Leone à enrayer la propagation du virus, qui a fait plus de 1.200 morts et affecte maintenant plus de 1 million de personnes dans toute la région.

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Liberia + 3 others
Le Coordonnateur de l'ONU pour Ebola en tournée en Afrique de l'Ouest

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21 août 2014 – Le Coordonnateur du système des Nations Unies pour la maladie à virus Ebola, David Nabarro, est arrivé jeudi dans la capitale du Libéria, Monrovia, première étape d'une tournée dans les quatre pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest affectés par l'épidémie.

La chef de la Mission des Nations Unies au Libéria (MINUL), Karin Landgren, a déclaré que cette visite soulignait la détermination des Nations Unies à faire refluer le virus mortel.

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) (21 August 2014)

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Sierra Leone + 4 others
West Africa – Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, Echo Crisis Flash N°24

Epidemic situation

Sierra Leone
- Another senior doctor was infected with Ebola in the Connaught hospital in Freetown and died at Kailahun MSF treatment center. At least 32 health staff died from Ebola in Sierra Leone.

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World + 4 others
African Union to immediately deploy joint military and civil mission against Ebola

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The African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak (Operation ASEOWA) is expected to deploy civilian and military volunteers from across the continent to ensure that Ebola is put under control.

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Anecdotal evidence about experimental therapies

Clinicians working in Liberia have informed WHO that 2 doctors and 1 nurse have now received the experimental Ebola therapy, ZMapp.

The nurse and one of the doctors show a marked improvement. The condition of the second doctor is serious but has improved somewhat.

According to the manufacturer, the very limited supplies of this experimental medicine are now exhausted.

ZMapp is one of several experimental treatments and vaccines for Ebola that are currently undergoing investigation. At present, supplies of all are extremely limited.

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World + 16 others
Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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Liberia + 2 others
WFP'S Response To Ebola

The United Nations World Food Programme is scaling up its operations to provide food to around 1 million people living in restricted access areas in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Crisis Background

An outbreak of Ebola began in Guinea in December 2013, leading to an epidemic in West Africa. The outbreak was not detected until March 2014, after which it spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. It is the most severe outbreak of Ebola in terms of the number of human cases and fatalities since the discovery of the virus in 1976.

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WFP Steps Up Assistance to Meet Urgent Food Needs of Families and Communities Affected By Ebola

In response to the continued spread of the Ebola virus, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its operations through a regional emergency response that will provide food assistance to around 1 million people living in restricted access areas in the three affected countries that WFP serves. WFP has been and will continue to provide food to people in medical quarantines, people under treatment and their relatives, and to the most vulnerable people in the villages affected by the outbreak.

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Liberia + 2 others
L'épidémie d'Ebola laissera des séquelles sur l'économie des pays africains touchés

08/21/2014 10:12 GMT

Par Zoom DOSSO avec les bureaux de l'AFP en Afrique de l'Ouest et le Reportage économique à PARIS

MONROVIA, 21 août 2014 (AFP) - Marchés désertés, champs en jachère, activités minières perturbées, vols annulés: l'épidémie d'Ebola qui frappe l'Afrique de l'Ouest va laisser des traces durables sur l'économie des pays touchés, déjà vulnérables.

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Liberia + 2 others
Ebola: la réponse du PAM

Environ 1 million de personnes, vivant dans les zones en isolement, vont recevoir une assistance alimentaire en Guinée, Sierra Leone et au Libéria.

L’épidémie d'Ebola a commencé en Guinée en décembre 2013, puis s’est étendue en Afrique de l'Ouest. Elle n'a pas été détectée jusqu'en mars 2014, après quoi elle s'est répandue au Libéria, en Sierra Leone et au Nigeria. Il s’agit de l'épidémie la plus grave du virus Ebola en termes de cas détectés et de décès humains depuis la découverte du virus en 1976.

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Update (20 August 2014)

Ministry of Health and Sanitation

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 20/8/2014

Ebola outbreak update: As of today, 20 August 2014, we have a total of 225 patients who have survived Ebola Virus Disease and subsequently discharged. The total number of new confirmed cases for today is 9: Kailahun 3, Kenema 2; Bo 2; and Western Area 2.

12 of the Pending results from 17th and 18th also came in Positive: Kenema 3, Bombali 3; Port Loko 3; Moyamba 2 and Western Area 1.

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Liberia + 4 others
Ebola horror hastens use of test drugs

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DAKAR, 21 August 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola’s devastation in West Africa has catapulted experimental drugs from labs to patients and shaken up vaccine development, which was hitherto patchy as outbreaks of the virus have tended to be spasmodic and geographically limited.

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Cruz Roja Española trabaja en la detección y aislamiento de casos de Ébola en Kenema, Sierra Leona

El número de casos confirmados de Ébola sigue aumentando en África Occidental

  • Además, Cruz Roja está construyendo un nuevo Centro de Tratamiento de Ébola en esta localidad.

  • 14 delegados de Cruz Roja Española se encuentran trabajando ya sobre el terreno en apoyo de la Cruz Roja de Sierra Leona

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Liberia + 3 others
Violence erupts in Liberia's Ebola-hit slum

08/21/2014 08:40 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO

MONROVIA, August 21, 2014 (AFP) - Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia's capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on protesting crowds as they evacuated a state official and her family.

Four residents were injured in the clashes that flared in Monrovia's West Point slum which has been sealed off as part of new security measures aimed at containing the deadly virus.

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UN launches $18m additional appeal for Ebola response

Freetown, Sierra Leone - The United Nations in Sierra Leone has said today that an additional $18.13 million is needed to bolster the Government of Sierra Leone’s efforts in halting the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The disease has now spread to 12 of 13 districts in the country with a cumulative total of more than 800 EVD cases and 350 deaths.

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CARE statement on Ebola outbreak, 20 Aug 2014

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CARE is deeply concerned by the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa and is committed to working closely with health officials in the region to help end this outbreak.

To prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, CARE is using its relationships in communities across Sierra Leone and Liberia to help educate the public on reducing transmission risk through proper hygiene.