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04 Mar 2015 description

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen

This intervention is about working differently.

By the summer of 2014 as transmission rates were escalating, WHO requested the World Food Programme to step in to support what was a fast moving crisis. But WFP’s role in a health emergency was not entirely clear. We do conflict, earthquakes, and famine, not health.

There was no WFP blueprint to guide us; though eventually, our role as an enabler developed. A slightly different role than we are used to. Flexibility and adaptation became key drivers for us.

04 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Marge Francia

UNICEF’s Observational Interim Care Centres provide new hope for children under quarantine and a new mission for the Ebola survivors who serve in them.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 3 March 2015 – Picturesque mountains and lush greenery adorn the fields surrounding the Observational Interim Care Centre (OICC) in which James Kamara* and his six siblings pass day 18 of their quarantine. A soft breeze flows through the bright yellow building, carrying the laughter of children.

04 Mar 2015 description

The situation

New Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are declining, but it will likely take some time for the three countries, supported by the international community, to bring the epidemic fully under control.

04 Mar 2015 description


  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,099


  • New Confirmed cases = 17 as follows:
    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0 Bombali = 0, Kambia = 2, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 8, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 5, Western Area Rural = 2, Missing = 0


04 Mar 2015 description

Freetown, Mar. 3, 2015 (MOHS) – The Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Saran Kamara, has reiterated the need for sustainable training on Infection Prevention Control ahead of the Post Ebola era.

She was addressing 25 health care providers drawn from District Hospitals across the country at the opening ceremony of a two-week Infection Prevention Control (IPC) organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) at Hill Valley Hotel in Freetown on Monday March 2, 2015.

04 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank

Keith Hansen
High Level International Conference on Ebola
Brussels, Belgium
March 3, 2015
As Prepared for Delivery

Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to affirm the unwavering commitment by the World Bank Group to help Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone end the Ebola epidemic and rebound from this crisis.

04 Mar 2015 description
report Direct Relief

A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Communications Director, Tony Morain, shares his observations from Sierra Leone.

04 Mar 2015 description
report World Bank

Education in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia has been severely affected by the Ebola outbreak, with school closures having affected 5 million children at the height of the crisis. The World Bank Group (WBG) is helping these countries to reopen schools or prepare for reopening. This support comes amid fears that hard-won education gains achieved in a fragile environment will be tragically eroded.

04 Mar 2015 description

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa continues, albeit with decreasing intensity. The virus has infected more than 23,700 people across the region since the outbreak was declared 11 months ago. While the number of new patients in Liberia is declining, numbers are still fluctuating in both Guinea and Sierra Leone. A total of 99 new confirmed cases were reported across the three worst affected countries during the week up to 22 February 2015.

04 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

3 March 2015 – The international community is now faced with “a critical turning point” in defeating Ebola, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at a United Nations Headquarters event last night, as he urged support to the affected countries to build back stronger.

03 Mar 2015 description
report UN News Service

3 March 2015 – Representatives of United Nations organizations engaged in the response against Ebola today pledged their support to the worst-affected West African countries in “each stage of this journey; the drive to zero, the early recovery, the medium and longer term development.”

The pledge was made at a high-level international conference on Ebola sponsored by the European Union in Brussels, Belgium, aimed at maintaining global attention on the crisis, taking stock of the fight against the epidemic and on coordinating next steps and discussing the recovery process.

03 Mar 2015 description

Building back better requires better national capabilities, stronger community involvement

Brussels, Belgium - As the international community works to get to zero Ebola cases in West Africa, the international community must work with Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to address the underlying causes of the crisis, said the UN’s development chief today at the Ebola Conference hosted by the European Union in Brussels.

03 Mar 2015 description

Faits saillants

  1. L’OMS annonce que les préfectures de Siguiri et Nzérékoré sont devenues calmes. Elles n’ont pas enregistré des cas durant les 21 derniers jours ;

  2. 1 522 contacts (92%) sur les 1 654 identifiés ont été suivis en date du 22 février (OMS) ;

  3. Le nombre de nouveaux cas a diminué au cours de la semaine 8 (16-22 février) par rapport à la semaine 7 (09-15 février) : 48 cas contre 53 ;

03 Mar 2015 description

Key Facts

  1. WHO reports that Siguiri and N’Zérékoré prefectures have become calm with no new cases reported for the past 21 days ;

  2. As of 22 February, 92% of 1654 contacts were being traced (WHO);

  3. The number of new cases has diminished from 53 during week 7 (09-15 February) to 48 cases during week 8 (16-22 February);

  4. However, the number of new cases reported (168) by 22 February already exceeds the number recorded during the whole month of January (153);

03 Mar 2015 description


  • Unrest: There are growing concerns about the destabilising impact of the presidential elections in Côte d’Ivoire scheduled to take place in May 2015, particularly along it’s borer with Liberia where the capacity of local security officials is weak (Conciliation Resources, 27/03/2015).

  • Number of cases: 23,913 cumulative reported cases across the region, including 9,714 deaths, as of 28 February (WHO, 02/03/2015).

03 Mar 2015 description

Brussels/Geneva, 3 March 2015 – Speaking at a high level conference on Ebola in Brussels, the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, urges the international community to maintain its strong momentum for the response.

“The Ebola outbreak is not over and complacency, both at local and global levels would be one of our worst enemies,” says Mr Sy. “Complacency would lead to unnecessary deaths and preventable tragedies.”

03 Mar 2015 description

L’épidémie d’Ebola dans les pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest se poursuit, mais diminue en intensité. Alors que le nombre de nouveaux patients est en baisse au Liberia, les chiffres continuent de fluctuer en Guinée et en Sierra Leone. Dans la semaine du 22 février 2015, 99 nouveaux cas confirmés ont été signalés dans les trois pays les plus touchés. Le virus a infecté plus de 23 700 personnes à travers la région depuis le début de l’épidémie, il y a 11 mois.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Guardian

Only by turning our response to Ebola upside down can another epidemic be avoided: communities need to be front and centre to eradicate this disease.

Today in Brussels African political leaders and experts will meet to discuss how west Africa should be supported to respond to the Ebola catastrophe that has killed nearly 10,000 people.

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