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11 Feb 2016 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Thursday 2/11/2016 - 18:01 GMT

Four people who had been in contact with Sierra Leone's last known Ebola case were declared free of the disease and released from quarantine Thursday, health authorities said.

The authorities announced on Tuesday that the Ebola patient, 38-year-old Memunatu Kalokoh, was cured and discharged from hospital.

She was the primary carer of Marie Jalloh, who died of the disease on January 12 in the northern town of Magburaka.

11 Feb 2016 description

The President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mr Tadateru Konoé, has ended his first visit to Ebola-affected countries with a commitment from the Government of Guinea to integrate trained Red Cross volunteers into recovery efforts, and a promise from the Government of Sierra Leone to consider doing the same.

10 Feb 2016 description

Introduction 

The largest Ebola outbreak in history started in Guinea in December 2013, spread to Liberia by March 2015 and into Sierra Leone by May 2015. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern in August 2014. Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea had not experienced an Ebola outbreak before and so understanding of prevention measures and trust in public information was extremely low.

10 Feb 2016 description

BÉNIN

12 MORTS DANS L’ÉPIDÉMIE DE FIÈVRE DE LASSA

Au 5 février, 25 cas suspects de fièvre de Lassa, dont 12 décès, avaient été signalés dans le pays. La maladie a été détectée pour la première fois le 5 janvier suite à la mort d'un patient dans un hôpital de la localité centrale de Tchaourou. Parmi les mesures de prévention, le gouvernement et les partenaires de la santé procèdent à l'enregistrement des contacts, la mise en place d’unités d’isolation et le stockage de médicaments et d'équipements.

RÉPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE

10 Feb 2016 description

BENIN

12 DEAD IN LASSA FEVER OUTBREAK

As of 5 February, 25 suspected cases of Lassa fever including 12 deaths had been reported in the country. The disease was first detected on 5 January following the death of a patient at a hospital in the central Tchaourou locality. Among other prevention measures, the Government and health partners are registering contacts, have set up isolations units and are stocking up on medication and equipment.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

09 Feb 2016 description
report United Nations

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Executive Summary

A. The Ebola Outbreak as a Wake-up Call

The 2014 Ebola outbreak was a human tragedy that took thousands of lives, caused tremendous suffering, and left deep wounds in communities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. And yet, it was preventable. Much more could have been done to halt its spread earlier. The crisis must serve as a wake-up call for increased global action to prevent future health crises.

09 Feb 2016 description
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09 Feb 2016 description

CONTEXTE

Dans le cadre de l’application du Règlement Sanitaire International (RSI), les pays sont tenus de déterminer rapidement les mesures de lutte nécessaires pour éviter la propagation des maladies aux niveaux national et international.
Les États parties au RSI doivent respecter (renforcer) les capacités requises en matière de santé publique dans les aéroports, ports et postes-frontières désignés en temps normal et lors d’événements pouvant constituer une urgence de santé publique de portée internationale (USPPI).

09 Feb 2016 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Tuesday 2/9/2016 - 15:57 GMT

Sierra Leone's most recent case of Ebola has been cured, but more testing is required before the latest outbreak can be seen as resolved, health authorities said Tuesday.

"The last known Ebola patient in Sierra Leone, 38-year-old Memunatu Kalokoh, has been discharged from the 34 Military Hospital in the capital after two rigorous tests proved negative," Ministry of Health Director of Disease Prevention and Control Dr Foday Dafai told AFP.

09 Feb 2016 description

Geneva, 9 February 2016 – The President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Mr Tadateru Konoé, today ended his first visit to Guinea and Sierra Leone, with a call to the governments of both countries to recognize the role Red Cross volunteers can play in building community resilience to future shocks.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE— As a child, Anne-Marie Caulkner was forced to undergo female genital mutilation, or FGM, which some people refer to as female circumcision.

The traditional practice removes some or all parts of the external female genitalia. It is seen by some as a rite of passage for girls and a way to make a girl more appealing to a husband.

05 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • As of 27 January 2016, two new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Sierra Leone. On 14 January 2016, the first confirmed case of Ebola was announced in the district of Tonkolili. The new case stems from a 22 year old female who died on 12 January 2016. While symptomatic, the index case traveled to Port Loko and Kambia, resulting in quarantined communities across the three districts. The aunt of the index case, who took care of her and was placed under quarantine, was also confirmed positive on 20 January 2016.

05 Feb 2016 description

(Freetown, 3 February 2016) The Inter-Agency Rapid Response Team convened under the auspices of the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator wishes to mark the discharge from quarantine of a total of 73 people after 21 days of close monitoring in three districts (Tonkolili, Kambia, and Port Loko).

03 Feb 2016 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Wednesday 2/3/2016 - 18:45 GMT

Only four people remained in quarantine in Sierra Leone on Wednesday after 55 others were declared free of the Ebola virus and released from hospital, officials and medical sources said.

But medics were urgently seeking to contact around 50 others for testing, most of them from the northern town of Kambia, health ministry spokesman Harold Williams said.

03 Feb 2016 description

Household food consumption is expected to remain adequate through the start of the lean season

Key Messages

  • Seasonal rainfall in Kailahun is near average and similar to rainfall totals in January of 2015, indicating adequate moisture levels for agricultural activities including land preparation, and the drying of harvested rice, cocoa, coffee, and cassava crops. Market prices for rice, cassava, and sweet potato are stable and normal market activities have resumed because of the lift in the ban on weekly markets due to EVD.

03 Feb 2016 description

REPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE

DES DÉPLACÉS RETOURNENT DANS LA PROVINCE DE L’OUHAM

Environ 3 800 rapatriés volontaires ont été récemment enregistrés dans le village de Kambakota, dans la province de l'Ouham. Ils avaient été contraints de fuir leurs foyers lors d'affrontements entre des groupes armés en décembre 2015. De retour dans leurs villages, ils sont confrontés à des conditions de vie difficiles. Les besoins prioritaires comprennent l’eau potable, les services de santé et l’éducation.

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