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Sierra Leone hunts for Ebola victim after patient snatched from hospital

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Guardian

Woman forcibly removed from hospital in Freetown by family after testing positive for one of world's deadliest diseases

Officials in Sierra Leone have appealed for help to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola, whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after she tested positive for the deadly virus.

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CAFOD responds to ebola outbreak in west Africa

Hundreds of people have died from the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. CAFOD’s partners are on the ground, helping communities to protect themselves.

An outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease has hit communities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. To date, the World Health Organisation estimates that 786 people have been infected, and 442 people have died, making it the largest outbreak ever known.

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West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO

07/25/2014 12:17 GMT

GENEVA, July 25, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday.

WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said that the extent of what is the deadliest outbreak of Ebola on record was still emerging.

"This is a trend, an overall picture. It's hard to get an exact picture on the scale of the situation at the moment," he told reporters.

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West Africa Seasonal Monitor - July 22, 2014

Above-average and well distributed rainfall in Bi-modal and Guinean-Sudanian zones

Key Messages

  • June rainfall was mostly above average and well distributed in time in the Bi-modal and the Guinean-Sudanian Zones, ensuring good maturation of first season crops.

  • Delays in pasture regeneration is to be expected in northern Senegal and southwestern Mauritania, as well as the Lake Chad region due to a combination of significant rainfall deficits recorded in June and unfavorable medium term forecast.

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Operational Update: The Ebola outbreak in West Africa

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread, with 1,093 cases and 660 deaths now reported across west Africa, MSF is stepping up its response in the most affected areas. While the number of cases in Guinea has declined significantly, in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia, more and more people are being infected with the virus. With resources already stretched, health authorities and international organisations are struggling to bring the outbreak under control.

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The World Health Organization urges Sierra Leone’s President to boost community engagement to stop Ebola transmission

Freetown 23 July 2014 - The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Dr Luis Sambo continued his visit to the three West African Countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. On the second leg of his visit the Regional Director arrived in Sierra Leone on Tuesday 22 July 2014 to get more insight, review current outbreak response and challenges, and explore the best ways to rapidly contain the EVD outbreak in West Africa.

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Ebola Crisis Update: CRS Responding in Three Countries

July 23, 2014 by Jim Stipe

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to the spread of Ebola in West Africa, considered the largest outbreak of the deadly virus in history. As of July 2014, there have been more than 1,000 people infected, including 632 who have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

CRS has launched campaigns in all three countries to raise awareness of how Ebola is spread, what can be done to prevent transmission and treatment options that improve the chances of survival.

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Switzerland commits a further CHF 500,000 to fight Ebola epidemic in West Africa

Bern, 23.07.2014 - The SDC is allocating CHF 500,000 to support Médecins Sans Frontières-Switzerland (MSF-Suisse) in its work to combat the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This further contribution to MSF-Suisse is in addition to the annual amount the SDC gives to it and also to the World Health Organisation (WHO), which is coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 23 July 2014

Epidemiology and surveillance

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.

Between 18 – 20 July 2014, 45 new cases and 28 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases.

The respective Ministries of Health continue to work with WHO and its partners to implement outbreak containment measures.

Health sector response

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Head doctor at S.Leone Ebola clinic catches deadly virus

07/23/2014 17:58 GMT

FREETOWN, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - A doctor in charge of an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has been admitted to hospital after contracting the deadly virus himself, the health ministry said Wednesday.

The news comes just days after three nurses from the same facility died of the disease, which has killed hundreds of people throughout west Africa and continues to spread.

Dr Omar Khan was in charge of the main Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, around 320 kilometres (200 miles) east of the capital Freetown, when he caught the virus.

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In Sierra Leone, Food From WFP Vital To Fight Against Child Malnutrition

By Francis Boima

Malnutrition rates in Sierra Leone are among the highest in the world and the leading cause of child mortality in the country. In partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, WFP is supporting malnourished children from the poorest households through a supplementary feeding programme, reaching 49,740 children across the country.

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West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (17 - 22 July 2014)

Affected persons are sheltering in schools, churches and in host communities. Malaria, diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases were reported at refuge centres.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest – mise à jour 19 juillet 2014

Bulletin d’information sur les flambées épidémiques 19 juillet 2014

Épidémiologie et surveillance

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Hong Kong Red Cross second round delegates work in response to Ebola Virus Outbreak in West Africa

First local Clinical Psychologist helps support the affected

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UNICEF-Sierra Leone Ebola Virus Disease: Weekly update of 21st July 2014

Summary

  • The cumulative number of Laboratory confirmed cases are 409 whiles confirmed death is 139 with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) based on confirmed cases of 34.0%.

  • Twenty-eight (28) patients are currently admitted at the Kailahun Isolation Units with no report received from Kenema Isolation Unit. Cumulative discharges are 98

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New funding to protect millions of girls from child marriage

The UK is driving a major new global push to end child and forced marriage across the world, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today at the UK’s first Girl Summit. placeholder With the goal of ending child marriage in 12 of the most highly affected countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Britain is working with the UN to deliver a scheme to help 6 million girls worldwide escape child marriage.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 24 – July 30, 2014

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  • A large area of enhanced rainfall may trigger localized flooding across parts of eastern Sudan.
  • Consistently poor rainfall has led to deteriorating ground conditions across northeastern Nigeria and western Chad.

1) The potential for significantly heavy rainfall remains forecast over the River Nile and Kassala provinces of eastern Sudan, which may trigger localized flooding and elevated river levels along the Nile River basin during the next seven days.

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The World Health Organization’s Regional Director Dr Sambo calls for accelerated efforts to control Ebola

Monrovia, 22 July 2014 - The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa Dr Luis Sambo began official visits to the three West African Countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. On the first leg of the visit, the Regional Director arrived in Liberia on Monday 21 July 2014 to review current outbreak response and challenges, and explore the best ways to rapidly contain the EVD outbreak in West Africa.

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Communities in Sierra Leone turn their backs on female genital mutilation

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Amnesty

While activists gather in London today to discuss strategies to tackle female genital mutilation, communities across Sierra Leone have been taking an innovative approach towards ending the brutal practice.

As several dozen women sat in a circle in the Chiefdom of Masungbala in North West Sierra Leone, discussing their stories of horror and pain, the male community leaders shared their own views in a separate group.

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Dispelling the myths of Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea and its spread to other areas of West Africa has caused global alarm. As one of the world's most infectious and deadly diseases, with no cure, the level of fear surrounding Ebola is to an extent expected. However, much of the fear is rooted in misunderstandings. Dispelling these misunderstandings is perhaps the biggest challenge in tackling Ebola and is critical to furthering our knowledge about the disease and efforts to control it.