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RDC: nouvelles mesures de prévention contre Ebola

07/31/2014 12:24 GMT

KINSHASA, 31 juillet 2014 (AFP) - La République démocratique du Congo va appliquer de nouvelles mesures sanitaires pour prévenir l'apparition sur son sol de la fièvre hémorragique Ebola, qui a fait près de 700 morts en Afrique de l'Ouest depuis le début de l'année, a-t-on appris de source officielle.

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Address to the Nation on the Ebola Outbreak by His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma July 30, 2014

Today, I ask the entire nation to mourn with the families of our national heroes including Dr. Sheik Humarru Khan who lost their lives battling the Ebola outbreak in our country.

They were true patriots, paragons of service. We must win this fight in honor of their memory, and with prayers in our hearts, for all our compatriots who are victims of this deadly disease.

Since the outbreak, my government, in collaboration with development partners has continued to mobilize and deploy resources and expertise nationally and internationally to fight the disease.

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Turning to traditional healers to help stop the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Katherine Mueller, IFRC

In a land where voodoo, witchcraft and curses are the norm, Fallah James is a sought-after man. As a traditional healer in Sierra Leone’s eastern Kailahun district, people turn to him for treatment before they even consider crossing the threshold of a hospital or health care clinic. “I cure people who are said to have been cursed. Headaches, or if you have a broken leg, I can cure that,” explains James. “And in Africa, here we say this person has witchcraft behind him. I can drive that out.”

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Guinea + 3 others
EU scales up funding in response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa

European Commission - IP/14/891 30/07/2014

The European Commission is allocating an additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. This brings the Commission's aid to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa to €3.9 million.

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Challenges and rewards of working on Ebola outbreak

“It was great that Mauricio and I arrived the same day; we were able to share first, very shocking, impressions and to go through the process of adapting to difficult working conditions together,” says Dr Catherine Houlihan, an infectious disease doctor from the United Kingdom deployed through WHO to help respond to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

For Catherine this is her first deployment in an outbreak setting; “On my first day, I felt shocked by the enormity of the challenges. The day after, I started to adapt.”

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Guinea + 2 others
Peace Corps Removing Volunteers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2014 – The Peace Corps today announced that it is temporarily removing its volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea due to the increasing spread of the Ebola virus. The agency has been and will continue to closely monitor the outbreak of the virus in collaboration with leading experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State.

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Guinea + 3 others
Ebola virus disease, West Africa – update 29 July 2014

Epidemiology and surveillance

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. The Ebola epidemic trend in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea remains precarious, with continuing community and health-facility transmissions of infection.

Between 24 and 27 July 2014, a total of 122 new cases (suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases) as well as 57 deaths were reported from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

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Liberia + 2 others
Liberia shuts schools in battle against Ebola: president

The government also placed "non-essential" government workers on 30 days' leave to halt the spread of the epidemic.

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Nigeria + 5 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (23-30 July 2014)

CAMEROON

18 KILLED IN CROSS BORDER INSURGENCY CLASHES

On 24 July, Boko Haram insurgents reported attacked a Cameroonian military base in Balgaram (Extreme North) killing two. On 27 July, the group also reportedly committed two attacks in Kolofata, killing at least 16 people.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)

400 FEWER IDPS, USD$7 MILLION HUMANITARIAN FUND ALLOCATED

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Cruz Roja envía el viernes la Unidad de Emergencias de Salud a Sierra Leona para luchar contra el ébola

La Unidad de Cuidados Básicos de Salud (UCBS) cumple las funciones de un Centro de Salud y provee de servicio sanitario esencial en las áreas curativa, preventiva y de salud comunitaria. 13 delegados de Emergencias parten con esta Unidad.

Cruz Roja Española envía este viernes su Unidad de Cuidados Básicos de Salud (UCBS) a Sierra Leona para luchar contra el brote de ébola en este país africano.

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Nigeria + 15 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, July 31 – August 6, 2014

  • Heavy rains in parts of eastern Sudan resulted in flooding which damaged infrastructure.

  • Ground conditions continue to deteriorate due to poor rains in northeastern Nigeria, western Chad and Senegal.

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Guinea + 3 others
Ebola – France’s support for the authorities of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (July 30, 2014)

France has been mobilized since the beginning of the crisis, in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the authorities of the concerned countries. It is providing technical support and expertise to contain the epidemic. Our embassies, particularly in Guinea (which also has jurisdiction for Sierra Leone) and Liberia, are in close contact with the health monitoring and care facilities established in each of those countries.

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Guinea + 2 others
Maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest – mise à jour 24 juillet 2014

Bulletin d’information sur les flambées épidémiques 24 juillet 2014

Épidémiologie et surveillance

L’OMS continue de surveiller l’évolution de la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola en Guinée, au Libéria et en Sierra Leone. Entre le 18 et le 20 juillet 2014, 45 nouveaux cas et 28 décès ont été notifiés dans ces trois pays. Cela comprend les cas suspects, les cas probables et les cas confirmés en laboratoire. Les Ministères de la Santé concernés continuent de collaborer avec l’OMS et ses partenaires pour intensifier les mesures d’endiguement.

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Sierra Leone: Ebola Virus Disease Emergency appeal n° MDRSL005 - Operations update n° 1

Summary: It is now three months since the announcement by the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation of the first Ebola virus disease (EVD) case detected in the country. In an attempt to fight the spread of the disease, the Government established a national task force to coordinate activities to prevent spread of the disease and prepare for the detection of cases.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Tackle Ebola at source to contain it, says ActionAid

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ActionAid

As the Ebola virus kills more than 670 people and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warns the virus poses a threat to the UK, ActionAid staff working to contain the virus in West Africa, as well as London-based experts are available for interview.

ActionAid can talk on the following Ebola outbreak response measures

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Guinea + 3 others
Ebola - Soutien de la France aux autorités de Guinée, du Liberia et de la Sierra Leone (30 juillet 2014)

La France est mobilisée depuis le début de la crise, en coordination avec l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et les autorités des pays concernés. Elle apporte un soutien technique et une expertise pour juguler l’épidémie. Nos ambassades, notamment en Guinée (également compétente pour la Sierra Leone) et au Liberia, sont en contact étroit et permanent avec les structures de veille sanitaire et de soins mises en place dans chacun de ces pays.

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Guinea + 3 others
29 July 2014: West Africa - Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak

SITUATION

• The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa has been declared a Grade 3 Emergency under WHO's Emergency Response Framework. The number of Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea passes the 1 000 mark with over 650 deaths; in the last week alone at least four doctors (two US citizens, one Sierra Leonean and one Liberian who died) and eight other health staff have been infected by the Ebola virus.

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
Britain to provide new assistance to combat Ebola in West Africa

The UK will provide medical support and supplies to contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced on Friday 25 July.

A new £2 million package of assistance will be made available immediately to partners including the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières that are operating in Sierra Leone and Liberia to tackle the outbreak.

This funding will: