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29 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

29 January 2015 – This week, the number of Ebola cases in West Africa has fallen below 100 for the first time in seven months, the World Health Organization reported today as it announced that the battle against the deadly virus has shifted from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic.

29 Jan 2015 description

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
INSECURITY HAMPERS AID ACCESS
Humanitarian access continues to be hindered by various constraints, particularly violence against civilians and workers, interference with the implementation of humanitarian activities and active hostilities. Up to 21 January, 31 security incidents (four against aid workers) were reported. A French aid worker and a UN staff member were briefly kidnapped this month.

29 Jan 2015 description
report IRIN

By Obinna Anyadike, Editor-at-Large

NAIROBI, 29 January 2015 (IRIN) - “African culture” – cute if you’re a tourist, catastrophic when you want to put a lid on Ebola, or so some international health experts and media coverage of the outbreak would have us believe.

Why do people persist with risky funeral rites, eat Ebola-harbouring bush meat, and occasionally attack the very health workers sent to help, the news reports leave us wondering. What is the value of “traditional beliefs” when they are harmful: why can’t people just act more rationally?

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Au 11 janvier 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 1 636 cas et 33 décès de choléra (Let=2%) dans 6 pays. On observe :

• une létalité élevée sur le littoral (River State) au Nigeria supérieure à 11% ;

• un risque de dispersion de l’épidémie nigériane sur le litoral Camerounais (Douala) ;

• une extension de l’épidémie dans 3 districts du li+oral en Côte d’ivoire affectant les communautés de pêcheurs (migrants) et un risque de dispersion vers le li!oral libérien et sierra-léonais.

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29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

The worst outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history continues to ravage communities in West Africa. UNICEF estimates that 9.8 million children and young people under the age of 20 live in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia; countries where disease transmission is widespread and intense. Of these, 2.9 million are under the age of 5. UNICEF estimates that up to 10,000 children have lost one or both parents or caregivers due to Ebola.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Cruz Roja Española

La epidemia tiene graves repercusiones en el desarrollo económico de los países

  • La incidencia de casos en Guinea, Liberia y Sierra Leona ha disminuido muy significativamente en las últimas semanas, lo que podría apuntar a una contención de la epidemia.

  • Para eliminar definitivamente este brote es necesario concentrarse en la atención adecuada de las personas confirmadas, sospechosas y probables, y trabajar más en la información y formación comunitaria y en la capacitación del personal local.

29 Jan 2015 description

Highlights

  • The ET Cluster is providing Internet connectivity in 45 locations across the three affected countries.

  • WFP, in coordination with the Government of Liberia, UNMEER and UNICEF, will provide logistics support to transport WASH supplies for the re-opening of schools in Liberia.

  • Three additional free-to-user inter-agency flights will be provided from the Europe Staging-Area to meet the urgent cargo movement needs of the humanitarian community.

29 Jan 2015 description
report Guardian

The initial Ebola case in Tambakha [a remote chiefdom near the Guinea border] coincided with the proper training of the first set of Ebola educators. They were deployed in mid-October to educate local people on the prevention and control of Ebola and to help monitor the advent of newcomers into their communities, possible carriers.

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29 Jan 2015 description

Highlight - Food follows the virus

4 pillars of WFP support:

  1. Delivering food and nutrition support alongside the health response;
  2. Mitigating the impact of the health emergency on food security;
  3. Ensuring the movement of partner staff and materials; and
  4. Providing common services and infrastructure support for health partners.

In numbers

To date, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone:

29 Jan 2015 description

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Thursday 1/29/2015 - 08:47 GMT

by Karim LEBHOUR

The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected west African nations, UN Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday.

"The number of cases is decreasing week by week and getting to zero in many places... but we still see occasional flare-ups and we still see some surprises with new cases out of our contact lists," Nabarro told AFP.

29 Jan 2015 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 28 January 2015: “We are getting optimistic reports from Ministries of Health of the affected countries that mortality and infection rates are declining, in fact Schools will be re opening in Sierra Leone ,Liberia had their senate elections couple of months back and this is impressively very good news “ said H.E. Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union at a media brief today at the AU headquarters. The press conference was held within the framework of the 24th AU Summit. .

29 Jan 2015 description

The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has this week launched a national exercise to implement the revised Hazard Policy aimed at re-classifying Ebola Response Workers (ERWs) based on real risks and further ensuring fiduciary sustainability and compliance.

The exercise which will run for a month (until l February 26) is implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

29 Jan 2015 description

New Zealand Red Cross general manager of communications and marketing Corinne Ambler is the latest Kiwi aid worker heading to West Africa to help with the Ebola response.

Ms Ambler will be working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) coordinating their Ebola communications from the regional hub in Accra, Ghana.

29 Jan 2015 description

 DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 2,181

 NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases = 12 as follows:
    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 1, Kono = 0 Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 1, Port Loko = 7, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 2, Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 1, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0 Note: Missing = sample which could not be traced to a district due to wrong information or data on lab forms

 CUMULATIVE CASES

29 Jan 2015 description
  • Doctors Without Borders, International Medical Corps and Samaritan’s Purse Each Received Funds to Aid Their Ebola Efforts

  • Current Ebola Outbreak is the Most Fatal in the History of the Disease

January 28, 2015 - SALT LAKE CITY- The Sorenson Legacy Foundation today announced that in order to help combat the Ebola epidemic, it granted a total of $1.5 million to three separate international health organizations: Doctors Without Borders, International Medical Corps and Samaritan’s Purse.

29 Jan 2015 description
report World Vision

Caring for children orphaned by Ebola or been exposed to the disease is a tricky business. These children have to be isolated for 21 days to ensure they’re not infected and to reduce the risk of transmission to others. These children still need motherly love and care and for that it takes a brave survivor to step up to the task. Survivors of Ebola become immune to the disease, allowing them to care for these children as their parents would.

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Marge Francia

“Communities are at the forefront of the response.” – UNICEF Global Ebola Emergency Coordinator Dr. Peter Salama

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 28 January 2015 – On a bright, hot day, Andrew Koroma and Mohamed Conteh walk through Freetown’s congested Rokupa community, armed with a megaphone, posters and flyers. This small team of social mobilizers is here because one particular community is currently under its second 21-day quarantine after recording an Ebola death.