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20 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

19 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that there is reason to be “cautiously optimistic” about defeating the Ebola crisis in West Africa, as he made a series of visits to countries most-affected by the unprecedented outbreak, which has sickened some 18,000 people and killed close to 7,000 others throughout the region.

19 Dec 2014 description

Workers involved in handling, treatment, transport and disposal of medical, laboratory and other waste must be protected from exposure to Ebola virus—which causes Ebola virus disease—and from physical and chemical hazards that may be associated with waste management tasks.

19 Dec 2014 description

These Sitreps are distributed every two weeks. The next report will be issued on or around 28/12/14.

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster has not been activated in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As there are clear needs across the three affected countries for ICT services, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has mandated the World Food Programme (WFP), as global ET Cluster lead, to respond as if the cluster was activated. The ET Cluster, its partners and membership are responding together for a coordinated response.

19 Dec 2014 description

The Western Area of Sierra Leone is the “hotspot” in this Ebola outbreak at the moment, with the highest transmission of any of the 3 most affected countries. The Government of Sierra Leone, WHO and partners, are sending in a massive surge of staff and resources to this area to intensify efforts to curb the spread of Ebola disease.

Screening for Ebola

19 Dec 2014 description


  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 1262


  • New Confirmed cases = 48 as follows:

    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 11

    Bombali = 5, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 14, Tonkolili = 0

    Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0

    Western Area Urban = 11, Western Area Rural = 7


  • Cumulative confirmed cases = 6,856 as follows:

    Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 496, Kono = 135

19 Dec 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 6,387 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Médicos del Mundo

Madrid, 19 de diciembre de 2014.- El centro de tratamiento de ébola que Médicos de Mundo gestiona en Sierra Leona en cooperación con Médicos del Mundo Reino Unido está listo para recibir a sus primeros pacientes. Las instalaciones abren hoy sus puertas a los casos sospechosos o confirmados de infección, después de que las autoridades de Sierra Leona cortaran el pasado miércoles 17 de diciembre la tradicional cinta roja para declarar oficialmente inaugurado el centro.

19 Dec 2014 description

Experts in food security and agricultural production have addressed the issue

19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal – In addition to the health consequences in West Africa, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has also led to various economic and social disruptions in affected and neighbouring countries.

19 Dec 2014 description

Baltimore, United States | AFP | Friday 12/19/2014 - 07:49 GMT


For health care workers on the front lines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, risking their lives in stifling protective suits, relief could soon be on the way.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new-style outfit that is not only more comfortable, but also less likely to accidentally infect its users.

19 Dec 2014 description

New York -- Private sector organizations have stepped up their support to UNDP’s Ebola response, donating equipment and delivering services that will both benefit communities immediately and serve them long after the epidemic has ended.

“Businesses are now helping us fight Ebola with unprecedented innovation and creativity. Their contribution will also stay in those countries on the long-term, serving very important basic needs,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa.

19 Dec 2014 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-ninth session, 24th & 25th Meetings (AM & PM)

Speakers Consider Reports on Revised Estimates for Human Rights Council, General Assembly Resolutions

As the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) began its examination of the revised budget proposal for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) for the biennium 2014-2015, some delegates expressed deep concern that sufficient resources would not reach the field, where assistance was most needed.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:31 GMT

FREETOWN, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone's leading doctor died of Ebola on Thursday, hours after the arrival in the country of an experimental drug that could have been used to treat him, the government's chief medical officer said.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet

19 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • As of 17 December 2014, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 6,702, up 327 since last week. The number of confirmed deaths is 1,876, while 1,259 have been discharged from treatment.

  • The President launched an intensive campaign in the capital called the ´Western Area Surge’ for two weeks from 17 th Dec, which aims to reduce the transmission rates and restore faith in health care services and influence the public to self-identify when sick and come forward for treatment.

19 Dec 2014 description
report AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 18, 2014 – Global pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has donated $1 million to support AmeriCares comprehensive response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. The gift will support the emergency response and global health organization’s efforts to contain the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which has infected more than 18,000 people and killed nearly 7,000. AmeriCares Ebola response aims to expand treatment capacity, reduce transmission, restore access to essential health services and improve safety practices in health care facilities.

19 Dec 2014 description

To increase access to care for Ebola patients in western Sierra Leone, which has been hit hard by the current outbreak, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has opened new treatment centers (ETCs) in Freetown and Magburaka.

The facility in Freetown, which was set up at the centrally located Prince of Wales secondary school, treated its first patients just 14 days after construction began. It currently has a capacity of 44 beds, half of which are already filled.

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

17 décembre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a annoncé mercredi qu'il allait s'envoler dans la soirée pour se rendre dans les quatre pays les plus touchés par l'épidémie d'Ebola, la Guinée, le Libéria, le Mali et la Sierra Leone.

« Je veux voir la réponse (à cette épidémie) par moi-même et afficher ma solidarité envers les personnes les plus affectées », a expliqué M. Ban lors d'une conférence de presse au siège des Nations Unies à New York.