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28 Mar 2015 description

UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) today approved a total of US$ 58,573 to support projects aimed at building the communication capacities of Ebola affected countries in the Mano River Region.

The proposals, submitted by proponents in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, are in line with UNESCO's Strategic Response to Ebola, which underlines the need to strengthen communication systems in the above countries.

27 Mar 2015 description


  • Sierra Leone commences three-day stay-at-home initiative to reinvigorate EVD response efforts

  • Liberia and partners sustain cross-border efforts

Key Political a nd Economic Developments

27 Mar 2015 description

Il y a un an, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé annonçait officiellement l’épidémie de la maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest. Depuis le 23 mars 2014, la Banque africaine de développement joue un rôle de premier plan dans la riposte contre cette épidémie. Le soutien de l’institution aux trois pays les plus touchés (le Libéria, la Guinée et la Sierra Leone) n’a jamais fléchi.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Amnesty

The suggestion that visibly pregnant girls in Sierra Leone will be excluded from school exams this Monday will do nothing but damage their education and harm their chances to better their lives, Amnesty International said today.

On Wednesday Sierra Leone’s Education Minister Minkailu Bah reiterated previous comments that visibly pregnant girls could be banned from taking their exams. One key reason given by the minister is that they would provide a bad example to other girls. Passing the exams is a requirement to progress from junior to senior high school.

27 Mar 2015 description

• 2 milliards de dollars requis pour l’action humanitaire au Sahel en 2015.
• Plus de 190 000 réfugiés et rapatriés du nord du Nigéria au Cameroun, Tchad et Niger.
• 1,2 millions de déplacés internes dans le nord du Nigéria.
• Les communautés au Nigéria font face à une insécurité alimentaire et à la malnutrition.
•Zéro nouveau cas d'Ebola au Libéria, stagnation des chiffres en Sierra Leone et en Guinée.

27 Mar 2015 description


• Since the start of the project in November 2014, IOM’s Health and Humanitarian Border Management team has screened over 30,000 passengers at Lungi International Airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

• 5,234 health care workers have been trained at IOM’s National Ebola Training Academy in Sierra Leone.

• Between 8 -21 March 4,600 travellers have been screened at Bo Waterside crossing point, Grand Cape Mount County in Liberia.

27 Mar 2015 description

Norway has provided more than NOK 500 million to the efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. The infection rate is now greatly reduced. Norway is therefore scaling down its efforts in cooperation with the authorities in the countries concerned and the UN. This means that Norwegian health workers will return to Norway at the end of March.

27 Mar 2015 description

Washington, United States | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 08:49 GMT

Two experimental Ebola vaccines, tested in Liberia on more than 600 people in a phase 2 clinical trial appear to be safe, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said Thursday.

The results confirm two clinical trials, each with some 20 people, that were carried out earlier in the United States.

The current, unprecedented epidemic of the disease has killed more than 10,000 people since it first emerged in early 2014 in west Africa, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

27 Mar 2015 description


  • Response partners launch several social mobilization initiatives in Guinea and Sierra Leone

  • Government authorities and response partners focus on cross border prevention measures Liberian authorities review Resilient Health System Investment Plan

Key Political and Economic Developments

  1. NSTR

Response Efforts and Health

27 Mar 2015 description
report UN Women

On the last leg of her three-day visit to Sierra Leone, on 24 March UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the UN Women-supported Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative on Maternal and Reproductive Health Services at the Kenema District Government Hospital. The initiative aims to put essential services back on track and rebrand Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services to restore confidence in their use, eroded in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease.

27 Mar 2015 description
report World Vision

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 26 March 2015—On the eve of a three-day lock-down that will quarantine some 6 million people across Sierra Leone, World Vision is urging a renewed focus on safe and dignified burials to help eradicate the virus.

27 Mar 2015 description

RFA Argus has been honoured by the Defence Secretary as she heads back to the UK after supporting the fight against Ebola.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship deployed to Sierra Leone from Falmouth in September. Her task was to provide vital aviation support and medical capability to the Department for International Development-led effort against Ebola.

26 Mar 2015 description

Washington, United States | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 21:56 GMT

The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study showed Thursday.

Previous research based on limited data had suggested that Ebola was mutating twice as quickly as in the past, researchers said in the journal Science.

26 Mar 2015 description

Washington, Etats-Unis | | jeudi 26/03/2015 - 18:09 GMT

Un vaccin expérimental fabriqué à partir du virus entier d'Ebola a été efficace chez des singes et pourrait mieux protéger que les vaccins expérimentaux n'utilisant qu'une partie de cet agent pathogène, selon une étude publiée jeudi.

26 Mar 2015 description

Washington, United States | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 18:41 GMT

An experimental Ebola vaccine has been shown to effectively protect monkeys against the often-deadly virus, according to a study published Thursday.

The new medicine, described in the journal Science, is what is known as a "whole virus" vaccine.

This means it is based on a non-active form of the entire virus instead of just fragments, and is more likely to trigger a broad immune response.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Christian Aid

26 March 2015 - In the week of the first anniversary of the Ebola outbreak, Christian Aid has reaffirmed its commitment to help hard-hit communities in Sierra Leone at a time when complacency could jeopardise the fight to eradicate the virus.

Twelve months after the World Health Organisation first announced the start of the outbreak, the virus has infected nearly 25,000 people in three West African countries, of whom 10,300 have died. With nearly 12,000 cases, Sierra Leone is the worst-affected.*

26 Mar 2015 description


  • In February, households in Sierra Leone used fewer negative coping strategies than in January. Food security continues to improve thanks to the recent harvest and measures to control Ebola.

  • Coping is highest in the districts of Bombali, Koinadugu and Tonkolili in the north. Use of negative coping strategies fell significantly in the districts of Bo (in the south) and Kenema (in the east). Residents of Freetown continue to be relatively better off.