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23 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 23 novembre 2014 (IRIN) - L’épidémie d’Ebola qui sévit en Afrique de l’Ouest serait apparue dans le sud de la Guinée il y a près d’un an, mais il a fallu attendre mars 2014 pour qu’elle soit confirmée par l’Institut Pasteur. Le bilan était alors de 60 victimes, et le virus était suspecté d’avoir outrepassé les frontières du Liberia et d’avoir gagné la Sierra Leone.

23 Nov 2014 description

 NEW CASES

 New Confirmed cases = 51 as follows:
Kailahun = 2, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0
Bombali = 14, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 5, Tonkolili = 5
Bo = 6, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 1, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 9, Western Area Rural = 8

23 Nov 2014 description

Kenema, Sierra Leone | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 04:17 GMT

by Anne CHAON

Cocoa farmer Sam Turner grips tight as his bike wobbles along the country track in Ebola-hit eastern Sierra Leone, groaning under the weight of beans harvested a month late.

The arable district of Kenema -- at the centre of the outbreak of the deadly epidemic in May -- has been under quarantine for three months and its once-abundant, verdant landscape is going to seed.

23 Nov 2014 description

Washington, United States | AFP | Sunday 11/23/2014 - 02:46 GMT

by Dan De Luce

The US military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola -- a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light.

Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from "Star Wars," the robots are operating at three military medical centers and about 250 other American hospitals are using the machines to destroy pathogens.

22 Nov 2014 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's largest health rescue overseas has completed, with nine passenger planes and freighters uniting efforts in Ebola-hit countries, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Between Aug. 10 to Nov. 16, the CAAC dispatched nine aircraft from domestic airlines including China Eastern Airlines and China Cargo Airlines to transport 282 medical staff and 767 tonnes of medical materials to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, CAAC deputy director Wang Zhiqing said on Wednesday.

22 Nov 2014 description

Kenema, Sierra Leone | AFP | Saturday 11/22/2014 - 03:31 GMT

by Anne CHAON

An invisible, murderous enemy that puts caregivers in almost unbearable working conditions, Ebola is a gruelling test for even the most experienced humanitarian.

Joachim Gardemann had spent 20 years with the Red Cross in Rwanda, Bosnia and Syria before his toughest mission in eastern Sierra Leone.

22 Nov 2014 description

More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone to join Britain’s fight against Ebola.

More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone today (22 November 2014) to join Britain’s fight against Ebola, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have announced.

22 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

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7318th Meeting (PM)

While reiterating grave concern about the unprecedented extent of the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the Security Council today noted the international community’s “considerable” efforts to scale up its coordinated response, which had led to important progress on the ground.

22 Nov 2014 description
report UN News Service

21 November 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that by continuing to scale up the global fight against Ebola, there is hope the outbreak could be contained by mid-2015, but he emphasized that results to date are still uneven, and announced that the Organization’s top health officials will head to Mali, where the situation is still a cause of "deep concern.”

21 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 November 2014 – With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks.

“The new cases in Mali remind us that no country in the region is immune to Ebola,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We cannot wait for new cases in countries at risk before we take action. We must help communities today prepare for cases if they happen, when they happen, wherever they happen.”

21 Nov 2014 description

11/21/2014 - 20:06 GMT

Sierra Leone announced a death from Ebola on Friday in the eastern city of Kenema -- the epicentre of the outbreak which had gone more than three weeks without new infections.

The case has dashed hopes that while Ebola continues to spread fast in the western area encompassing the capital Freetown, the eastern region where the crisis first emerged had beaten the virus.

21 Nov 2014 description

Les actes de violence contre les femmes et les filles font trop souvent les manchettes des journaux de par le monde. Mais parallèlement aux affaires qui font les gros titres, des milliers d’autres incidents se produisent tous les jours, sur tous les continents, dans tous les pays. Selon l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, la violence sexiste tue autant de femmes âgées de 15 à 44 ans que le cancer. Les ravages causés par ces violences dépassent ceux des accidents de la circulation et du paludisme.

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There have been 15 351 reported Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with 5459 reported deaths.

  • Transmission remains intense in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

  • A total of 6 cases, all of whom have died, have been reported in Mali.

SUMMARY

21 Nov 2014 description
report CBM

Dr Carmen Valle is a CBM Co-worker, who works as project coordinator and mental health specialist with the ‘Enabling Access to Mental Health Programme’. In this article, she discusses the progress made in Sierra Leone for people with psychosocial disabilities and also the current threat the Ebola virus is bringing to this progress.

First impressions

21 Nov 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 5,420 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. One person in Spain and three people in the USA have recovered; one person in the USA has died. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

21 Nov 2014 description

11/21/2014 - 14:07 GMT

Germany has sent 400 motorbikes to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus.

The specially adapted fleet of bikes will be able to rush test samples to laboratories from remote areas, where patients can often wait nine days or more for results.

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said the motorbikes should cut transport delays to a day.

Experts say faster test results could help slow the spread of the epidemic, which has so far claimed more than 5,400 lives, according to the UN.

21 Nov 2014 description

Présentation

Le paludisme est une cause fréquente de fièvre dans les zones à forte transmission, et sa présentation clinique coïncide avec les premiers symptômes de la maladie à virus Ebola. Pour cette raison, l’efficacité de la riposte au virus Ebola en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone peut être encore optimisée par la mise en place de mesures ciblées visant à réduire le nombre des cas de fièvre imputables au paludisme.