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28 Feb 2015 description

Women need to be at the center of all efforts to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone recover from the Ebola crisis, according to a study by UNDP.

The epidemic has affected women disproportionately because of the essential role they play as caretakers, health personnel, farmers and small traders. For instance, as of December 2014, women represented 62 percent of the sick in Guéckédou, Guinea where the epidemic first appeared, and up to 74 percent in Télémilé, north of the capital Conakry.

27 Feb 2015 description

Highlights

  • The Logistics Cluster in Liberia has been facilitating the provision of cold chain storage capacity on behalf of MSF for measles vaccines;

  • UNHRD’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) set up 1,000m3 of additional storage space at the Central Medical Stores (CMS) in Freetown;

  • The UNHAS/UNMEER fleet performed two medical evacuations of non-Ebola symptomatic humanitarian personnel in Liberia and Sierra Leone;

  • In Guinea, the ET Cluster has conducted radio trainings for 161 humanitarian personnel.

27 Feb 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Study in Sierra Leone finds women took the brunt of EVD

  • Response partners in Liberia intensify support to border crossings Guinea, Mali and Senegal cross-border meeting in Labe, Guinea

Key Political and Economic Developments

27 Feb 2015 description

Surveillance experts from India are working to strengthen the Ebola outbreak response in Sierra Leone

In January 2015, 26 surveillance experts from the National Polio Surveillance Programme (NPSP) in India boarded a plane that would take them to western Africa. Amongst them, Dr Deepak Kumar and Dr Aarti Singh were not only moving to work in a new and challenging country; they were also going to adapt their expertise to a fight a new disease: Ebola.

Knowing how to find a disease

27 Feb 2015 description

Map shows the total number of confirmed cases for each district since the outbreak start.

Pies show new confirmed cases for last 7 days (light blue) and its proportion among the new confirmed cases for last 21 days (dark blue) for each district.

27 Feb 2015 description

Map shows new confirmed cases for last 7 days for each district for Weeks 3 to 8 2015.

Figures show the number of cases by district

27 Feb 2015 description

The second batch of Korean aid workers who treated patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have safely returned to Korea after four weeks of humanitarian work.

The second team, consisting of four doctors and five nurses, returned to Korea on February 23. They treated Ebola patients at a clinic in Goderich, a town near Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, working there for nearly one month, since January 26. They also conducted blood tests on their patients, among other procedures.

27 Feb 2015 description

 DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,034

 NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases = 12 as follows:
    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0 Bombali = 7, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 3, Western Area Rural = 1, Missing = 0

 CUMULATIVE CASES

27 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank

This page tracks Ebola resource flows (including monetized in-kind contributions where available) totaling US$1 million or more from multilateral and bilateral institutions and some foundations. Data is captured from government and other official websites and from communication with key officials within development partner agencies. Data is updated on a bi-weekly basis. Pledges are a non-binding announcement of an intended contribution or allocation by the donor.

27 Feb 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Unsafe burials remains a challenge

  • EVD stigmatization potential threat to response efforts Guinea opens border with Liberia at Diecke

Key Political and Economic Developments

1 . On 25 February, the border between Guinea and Liberia (Diecke side) reopened to the public after months of closure. The response team posted at the border (Guinea side) reported a lack of essential equipment, including an isolation room and a sufficient stock of hand sanitizers, among others.

26 Feb 2015 description

Following an urgent request from Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health, UNHRD’s Rapid Response Team has helped make 1,000m³ of additional storage space available for the Central Medical Stores (CMS) in Freetown.

In just ten days, the debris of a warehouse that burned down last year was cleared and a large new tent erected in its place.

26 Feb 2015 description

Lisa Pattison, IFRC

A man painstakingly lectures his family on the importance of hand washing while the house next door is under quarantine. What could seemingly be a scene of an Ebola affected community is in fact the set of the Sierra Leone Red Cross’ new soap opera, Advice.

26 Feb 2015 description

The 38th session of the Governing Council, IFAD's annual meeting of Member States, highlighted rural transformation as a key to sustainable development. Here is one in a series of articles exploring that theme.

19 FEBRUARY 2015 – Even before the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone was a fragile state. At the time the outbreak hit in May 2014, the country had been slowly recovering from a brutal 10-year civil war that left hundreds of thousands internally displaced.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Save the Children

It isn’t until you arrive at Save the Children’s Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town that you start to really appreciate the scale of the operation, and the number of people involved in making sure that it runs safely.

Over 600 national and more than 100 international staff work in this specialist medical centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

26 Feb 2015 description

Crisis Overview

  • The reported cumulative number of Ebola cases across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is 23,694, including 9,589 deaths as of 22 February, making it the largest EVD outbreak ever recorded. Incidence has been stabilising in all three countries since January 2015, and the response is moving towards early recovery.

26 Feb 2015 description

Michael von der Schulenburg

On 11 June 2014, the UN Secretary-General, speaking in the UN Security Council, expressed his concerns about what he perceived as unprecedented violence and complexity facing present UN peacekeeping operations around the world. He suggested a thorough review of all UN peace operations was necessary ; this paper is intended to make a contribution to this review.

26 Feb 2015 description
report UN General Assembly

1 . The present letter on the work of the United Nations in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa covers developments from 1 January until 1 February 2015, the 120-day mark since the establishment of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). It records activities carried out by my Special Envoy on Ebola and UNMEER, and provides an update on progress made in the Ebola response pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/1 since my update of 12 January 2015 (A/69/720).

Current situation of the Ebola outbreak