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Liberia + 1 other
Overcoming Ebola stigma takes time

Report
IRIN

FREETOWN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 31 October 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola survivors in Liberia and Sierra Leone are facing mixed reactions as they return home after contracting the deadly virus. While some have been welcomed back into their communities, most are facing discrimination and stigmatization, or have even been shunned.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
RFA Argus arrives in Sierra Leone

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) aviation support ship Argus has begun offloading vital equipment and stores to aid the fight against Ebola.

RFA Argus arrived in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, this morning and immediately began offloading Department for International Development (DfID) supplies and 32 off-road vehicles.

Working in support of the government of Sierra Leone and DfID and military personnel based in the country, Argus will now play an important logistical role.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

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Liberia + 3 others
Ebola response: Belgium-US coordination

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, the Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health Maggie De Block and Ebola coordinator Dr. Erika Vlieghe met on Thursday 30 October with Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations.

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Liberia + 3 others
UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 30 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There have been 13,703 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with 4,920 deaths, up to the end of 27 October.

  • WHO indicated a downward turn in the number of infections, while cautioning it was premature to draw conclusions from that development.

  • US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power concluded her visit to west Africa in Ghana, where she met with SRSG Banbury in UNMEER headquarters in Accra.

Key Political and Economic Developments

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UN launches Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in Sierra Leone

Report
UN Women

To ensure that the needs of women and girls are addressed within the UN’s overall response to the devastating Ebola Virus Disease, the United Nations Country Team in Sierra Leone launched an Ebola Gender Mainstreaming Strategy in early October.

The Strategy aims to better connect UN organizations, promote women’s critical participation in all aspects of the Ebola response, build confidence among health workers, and reestablish trust among communities to utilize public health facilities and services.

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World + 17 others
Commission Implementing Decision of 22.10.2014 amending Commission Implementing Decision C(2013) 9533 of 03.01.2014 on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2014 general budget of the European Union (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2014/01000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 ("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ("Overseas Association Decision")2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

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Liberia + 3 others
Finland to send protective equipment to Ebola-affected countries

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior will have 325,000 protective masks delivered to Ebola-affected countries through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The masks are provided by the National Emergency Supply Agency.

The protective masks, which have been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), are due to arrive in the Netherlands early next week. They are intended for use by local health staff and international humanitarian workers in Ebola-affected countries.

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World + 6 others
Ebola – what must we learn?

Camilla Toulmin
30 October 2014

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is launching an unprecedented appeal in response to the Ebola crisis, but what lessons must we learn if we are to effectively and equitably tackle future shocks of this scale?

We live in one world but people face wildly different outcomes depending on their means, and the capacity of their country and government to meet both regular and unexpected demands.

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Liberia + 2 others
2.5m people reached

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) member agencies are scaling up their aid efforts in West Africa where they have already helped over 2.5 million people affected by the Ebola crisis.

The urgent appeal for funds is essential to help member agencies intensify their efforts to stop the explosive spread of the disease and support those affected.

DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said:

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Liberia + 2 others
US envoy sees 'first tangible signs' Ebola will be beaten

10/30/2014 - 15:56 GMT

Ebola-hit west Africa is showing "the first tangible signs" that the deadly virus will be beaten, the US envoy to the UN said Thursday after touring the region.

Samantha Power said the international community must still do much more to fight a months-long epidemic that has claimed around 5,000 lives, almost all of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

"We stand at a historic juncture. We face the greatest public health crisis ever," Power told a gathering in Brussels sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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Liberia + 2 others
World Bank Group Pledges Additional $100 million to Speed New Health Workers to Ebola-stricken Countries

Report
World Bank

The additional funding will speed up deployment of foreign health workers to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The UN estimates that 5,000 international medical, training and support personnel are needed to respond to the outbreak.

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For Ebola survivors the pain goes on

As the Ebola outbreak grows and spreads, a small but significant group of people is also growing - the Ebola survivors. Emerging shell-shocked from what one described as a "glimpse of hell", the survivors have not found life easy on the other side of the Ebola ward.

Some in the community brand them as "witches" for surviving. For many, the faces they longed to see again while lying in the Ebola ward are no longer there. Husbands, wives, children, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers have all been carried off to unmarked graves by Ebola virus disease.

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Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues

Source: Reuters - Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:58 GMT

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body.

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Ebola survivors given safety net in Sierra Leone

When Saio Samura, a 38-year old driver in Freetown, Sierra Leone, died eight days after contracting the Ebola virus disease (EVD), all of his personal effects and household items were burned.

This left his widow, M’balu, and their three children grappling with not only their grief and fear of infection, but also with an empty house.