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Ebola Increases Threat to Sierra Leone Pregnancies

Voice of America

Adam Bailes

KAILAHUN, SIERRA LEONE— Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates, and the Ebola outbreak is likely to push it even higher. Health officials say almost all pregnant women infected with Ebola, along with their unborn babies, die from the disease.

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Update (October 22, 2014)



  • Total Survived and Released Patients = 710


  • New Confirmed cases = 50 as follows:
    Kailahun = 1, Kenema = 1, Kono = 0 Bombali = 4, Kambia = 3, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 20, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 9, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 8, Western Area Rural = 4


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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Greening: British support to help more Sierra Leoneans

Justine Greening has visited Sierra Leone to see the early results of Britain's response to Ebola.

British assistance to tackle Ebola will increase over the coming weeks as existing commitments of UK-funded training and care facilities come on stream, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said today on the second and last day of her visit to Sierra Leone.

The numbers of health workers being trained, burial units in operation and local diagnosis and care units will all increase over the coming weeks as UK plans are rolled out.

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Liberia + 3 others
West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (as of 22 October, 2014)


  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged all countries to support the response to the EVD outbreak on October 19, citing the increasing economic impact and continued risk of the disease spreading to countries outside of those already affected

  • The East African Community plans to send 600 health workers—including 41 doctors—to EVD-affected countries in West Africa

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National Communication Strategy for Ebola response in Sierra Leone

On Monday 25 May 2014, the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone following the laboratory confirmation of a suspected case from Kailahun district. This outbreak appears to be a spillover from the on-going outbreak in Guinea and Liberia since March 2014. As of 28 September 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed cases are 2090, with 552 confirmed deaths and a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 25% in twelve districts (Kailahun, Kenema, Kambia, Port Loko, Bo, Bonthe,

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Liberia + 7 others
WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 22 October 2014


A total of 9936 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in five affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria and Senegal) up to the end of 19 October. A total of 4877 deaths have been reported.

The outbreaks of EVD in Senegal and Nigeria were declared over on 17 October and 19 October 2014, respectively.

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South Sudan + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Liberia + 2 others
Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa - Executive brief, 22 October 2014


  • The current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa is the world’s largest Ebola outbreak recorded to date. The epidemic is severely affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in deaths and adversely impacting the food security of affected populations.

  • If not addressed now, the consequences of the outbreak could lead to long-lasting impacts on farmers' livelihoods and rural economies. A multisectoral approach is required to contain the outbreak and stabilize affected areas.