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28 Aug 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Fambul, located in Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown, is one of the country’s leading child-welfare organizations and has been on the forefront of efforts to help prevent Ebola in local communities and provide care for children left orphaned. Since 2010, the organization has provided a countrywide phone counseling service.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Eve Heyn

Concern’s Innovations for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health initiative is using creative new approaches to help to spread the word about the importance of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding yields countless benefits for both mother and child. It provides children with a perfect balance of nutrients and antibodies for optimal growth and development.

28 Aug 2015 description
  • The Ebola test result of the last patient in Sierra Leone has been confirmed negative for second time, and she was officially discharged on 24 August. On 25 August, the Sierra Leonean government started the 42 days countdown to Ebola-free status.

  • Three new cases have been reported in Guinea this week and no new cases were reported in Liberia for 21 days.

28 Aug 2015 description

Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.

27 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - For the first time in more than a year, no one in either Sierra Leone or Liberia is being treated for Ebola, raising hopes that after more than 11,000 deaths and 28,000 infections throughout West Africa, the epidemic could finally be winding down.

But 18 months after the World Health Organization (WHO) formally announced the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in March 2014, the last thing the region needs is another false dawn. Three months ago, Liberia was declared free of the virus only for new cases to emerge.

27 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three cases reported in Guinea; no new cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia as of 25 August.

  • High-Level Panel visit to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • Positive interim results of ring vaccination trials.

  • More work and resources required to ensure necessary support for Ebola survivors.

  • 600 police in Conakry trained to help monitor burials to prevent new transmission chains in Guinea.

KEY FIGURES FOR EBOLA COUNTRIES

27 Aug 2015 description

UN Agency Updates

IOM

From August 10-11 IOM Sierra Leone welcomed Mr. Mohammed Abdiker, Director - Department of Operations and Emergencies and Dr. Davide Mosca, Director - Migration Health Division, at IOM HQ Geneva as well as representatives from the IOM Regional Office in Dakar on a consultative mission. High level meetings were held with the UN Resident Coordinator, WHO Country Representative, and Minister of Health, US CDC and USAID OFDA.

27 Aug 2015 description

Weekly Highlights

  • IOM clinicians in collaboration with the Ebola Response Consortium are providing Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) training support at Connaught, Princess Christian’s Maternity and Ola During Children’s Hospitals and have now trained 644 hospital personnel.

27 Aug 2015 description

Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015

Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.

26 Aug 2015 description

**Sierra Leone celebrated an important milestone on Monday, 24 August 2015. For the first time in more than a year, there are no people being treated for Ebola virus disease and no confirmed cases of Ebola in the country.*

Surrounded by singing, dancing and clapping health-care workers, Adama Sankoh, palm oil trader, was released from the Makeni Ebola treatment unit. In the ceremony held to mark the final Ebola case, the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, described Madame Sankoh's release as "the beginning of the end of Ebola."

26 Aug 2015 description

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
HUMANITARIAN WORKERS ATTACKED IN BAMBARI