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American Red Cross Supports Ebola Response in West Africa

The American Red Cross is supporting efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thanks to the generous donation of $2.8 million from the Paul G. Allen Foundation.

The money will be used to strengthen the capacities of the affected local Red Cross societies to manage the outbreak, assist with the epidemiological investigation and increase public awareness about virus prevention.

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All American Red Cross disaster assistance is provided at no cost, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. The Red Cross also supplies nearly half of the nation's lifesaving blood. This, too, is made possible by generous voluntary donations. To help the victims of disaster, you may make a secure online credit card donation or call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Or you may send your donation to your local Red Cross or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross to find out about upcoming blood drives..


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Liberia imposes curfew as Ebola crisis grows

08/20/2014 02:46 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO with Jonathan FOWLER in Geneva

MONROVIA, August 20, 2014 (AFP) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf imposed a nighttime curfew from Wednesday and quarantined two affected neighbourhoods in a bid to stem the Ebola epidemic rampaging through West Africa.

"Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am (2100 to 0600 GMT)," Sirleaf said in a radio address late Tuesday.

"All entertainment centres are to be closed. All video centres are to be closed at 6:00 pm," she ordered.

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Guinea + 3 others
No early end to the Ebola outbreak

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa continues to escalate, with 1975 cases and 1069 deaths reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

No new cases have been detected in Nigeria following the importation of a case in an air traveller last month. Extensive contact tracing and monitoring, implemented with support from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has kept the number of additional cases small.

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Western Africa : Fighting against the Ebola outbreak with respect for human rights

Conakry, Monrovia, Abidjan, Paris, 1st August 2014 – On the occasion of the regional emergency summit held today in Conakry and which brings together officials from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Ivory Coast on the topic of the major sanitary crisis provoked by the Ebola virus, our organisations recall that the fight against the propagation of the disease must not be done to the detriment of human rights.

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Key Points – Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa (Updated August 19, 2014)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.

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Guinea + 3 others
La BAD intensifie ses efforts avec 210 millions de dollars pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé une subvention de 60 millions de dollars, faisant partie d’un montant global de 120 millions de dollars à mettre en œuvre immédiatement afin de renforcer les systèmes de santé publique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, en réponse à la crise d’Ebola. Le Conseil d'administration de la BAD, traditionnellement en vacances pendant le mois d’août, a convoqué une réunion d'urgence, démontrant ainsi la détermination de l’institution à aider les pays à faire face à cette crise de santé publique.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: West Africa: Ebola Outbreak (Update), 19 August 2014

Crisis Overview

  • An Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak, which started in Guinea in December 2013 but was only declared in March, has now spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. As of 13 August, the cumulative number of cases reported in the four countries was 2,240, including 1,229 deaths, yielding a case fatality rate (CFR) of 54.9%.

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$210 million response: AfDB steps up efforts to curb Ebola outbreak in West Africa

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Monday, August 18 in Abidjan, approved a US $60 million grant investment as part of a $210 million package for immediate implementation to help strengthen West Africa’s public health systems in response to the Ebola crisis.

The Bank’s Board, traditionally in recess during the month of August, convened an emergency meeting demonstrating the urgency of the situation and the Bank’s commitment to curb this global public health emergency.

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Ebola: la BAD accorde 60 millions de dollars en "urgence" aux pays touchés

08/19/2014 14:23 GMT

ABIDJAN, 19 août 2014 (AFP) - La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a accordé une aide de 60 millions de dollars aux pays touchés par l'épidémie du virus Ebola qui sévit en Afrique de l'Ouest, a annoncé mardi à Abidjan, son président Donald Kaberuka.

"Nous avons tenu un conseil d'urgence (...) pour décider de l'octroi de 60 millions de dollars pour appuyer les pays touchés, en forme d'appui budgétaire", a déclaré M. Kaberuka, lors d'une conférence de presse.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Liberia + 3 others
Liberia Ebola patients found as death toll surges

08/19/2014 17:57 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO with Jonathan FOWLER in Geneva

MONROVIA, August 19, 2014 (AFP) - Liberia said Tuesday it had found 17 Ebola patients who had fled an attack on their clinic, sparking a panicked manhunt across its capital, which is in the throes of a seemingly unstoppable epidemic.

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, said the tropical virus had killed 84 people in just three days, a surge that has pushed the overall death toll from the west African outbreak to 1,229.

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Ebola situation in Nigeria and Guinea: encouraging signs

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa continues to evolve, with cases confirmed in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. At present, no cases have been confirmed anywhere else in the world outside these four countries.

Nigeria

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Ebola virus disease, West Africa - update 19 August 2014

Epidemiology and surveillance

Between 14 and 16 August 2014, a total of 113 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 84 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.

Health sector response

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Update (18 August 2014)

Ministry of Health and Sanitation

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Press Release 18/8/2014

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Ebola Virus Disease - Situation Report (sit-rep) – 18 August, 2014

Main highlights

 For the 17th August 2014, a total of 16 new samples were received and analysed by the Kenema Laboratory: Kenema (9),Koinadugu (2), Port Loko (1) and Western Area (4).Two(2) of these samples are positive from Kenema. Thirteen (13) of the remaining samples are negative from Kenema (6),Koinadugu (2),Port Loko (1) and Western Area (4) while 1 sample arrived late and was recorded as pending Lab. result.(see table 1)

 One (1) of the previous Lab. pending results is positive while 4 are negative all from Kenema

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Ebola: UN health agency requests exit screening of travellers leaving affected countries

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UN News Service

18 August 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said any persons with an illness consistent with Ebola should not be allowed to travel by air, sea or land from affected countries unless it is part of a medical evacuation, as it also expressed concern over the threats and harassment of health workers in West African countries developing into a “worry element.”

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With ebola spreading, CRS pushes ahead in fighting the virus

By Jim Stipe
Kim Pozniak

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is responding to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has so far killed more than 1,000 people. CRS is working in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone on information campaigns to increase awareness of Ebola prevention and debunk myths about the illness that has hindered efforts to contain the outbreak in some places.

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IAMTech, EPA, Abacha Youths Contribute to Fight Ebola

The Institute of Advance Management and Technology (IAMTECH), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Abacha Youth Organization on 14th August made donations at State House to help government in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).

The Executive Director of EPA, Madam Jatou Jallow presented a cheque of Le 400 Million to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma as part of their contribution to fight the Ebola Virus.

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Sierra Leone cool on Ebola drugs as it pleads for aid

08/18/2014 17:35 GMT

FREETOWN, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - Sierra Leone on Monday urged caution over the use of experimental drugs to combat Ebola as the United Nations launched an $18 million appeal to help the country cope with the epidemic.

Health Minister Miatta Kargbo told journalists that the country was following advice from the World Health Organization, which was "lukewarm" about using untested serums.

"WHO has cautioned us about the risks involved as these drugs have not yet been certified and are still unregistered and untested," he said.

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