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28 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Nina DeVries

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE— Sierra Leone is working hard to get down to zero cases of Ebola. Survivors are playing a key role, helping raise awareness about the disease by going out into communities every day to educate people.

Moa Wharf, an impoverished area of Freetown, was recently a hot spot for the Ebola virus. That's why Ebola survivors like Sulaiman Watfa are key. He and other Ebola survivors are immune to the disease and have been educating Moa Wharf residents about the virus.

28 May 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Preliminary data indicates that there were a total of 12 newly confirmed cases in the 2 most affected countries during the week to 24 May (9 in Guinea and 3 in Sierra Leone), compared to a total of 35 during the previous week.

  • In Sierra Leone, there have been no newly confirmed Ebola cases reported in the last 6 consecutive days (21 – 26 May inclusive), according to the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC).

28 May 2015 description

Posted by Paloma Clohossey on Wednesday, May 27th 2015

When a call comes in to report a suspected Ebola case, Sierra Leone’s national Ebola response system kicks into high gear immediately.

An ambulance and team of health care workers are dispatched to the site to transport the sick person to an Ebola treatment unit. As a precautionary measure, the patient’s family members are isolated in their home and monitored over 21 days — the period of time when an infected person is most likely to show symptoms of Ebola.

28 May 2015 description

DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 4,014

NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases = 3 as follows:
    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0 Bombali =0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 1, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0

Hot Spots:
District Chiefdom Community
Port Loko Kaffu Bullom Rotifunk (1)
Western Area Western Area Urban Pump line (1)
Mamboreh (1)

CUMULATIVE CASES

27 May 2015 description

On a recent afternoon in the lush mountain town of Macenta, Guinea, an emergency response nurse named Akoi stood in front of the Red Cross compound, recalling the months he spent fighting the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

“The work in the treatment center was difficult,” he said. “We were amongst people who were dying, and family members were being brought in. We were in our protective suits, and with the heat it was relentless day and night. We had to be courageous, otherwise we would have given up.”

27 May 2015 description

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
4,400 DISPLACED BY ATTACKS

Around 1,900 IDPs and 2,500 residents in Bissingalé locality have been forced to flee to the nearby Kaga-Bandoro town in the north of the country following armed attacks by unknown gunmen on Site-Nana, Bissingalé and Ndémayo villages in Kaga-Bandoro on the night of 15 May. Ten people were killed in the raid which happened five days after the signing of an agreement between armed groups and the government to end hostilities and begin a disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration process.

27 May 2015 description

Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.

27 May 2015 description
  • As of 20 May 2015, a total of 27 165 EVD cases including 11 115 deaths have been reported from six West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nige-ria, Senegal and Sierra Leone).
  • 1 040 cases including 529 deaths were reported among healthcare workers.
  • WHO declared end of Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, and Senegal.
27 May 2015 description

DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 4,014

NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases = 0 as follows:
    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0 Bombali =0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 0, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0

CUMULATIVE CASES

26 May 2015 description

Washington, United States | AFP | Tuesday 5/26/2015 - 19:58 GMT

US researchers believe they may have pinpointed the Achilles heel of the Ebola virus, which could hold the key to developing an effective preventative vaccine, a study reported Tuesday.

Research published in the latest issue of mBio, the online journal of the American Society for Microbiology, said scientists believed a protein called Niemann-Pick C1 (NPC1) was critical for Ebola to infect a host.

26 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • In the week to 17 May 2015, there were six confirmed Ebola cases, a considerable increase comparing to the previous week. Five out of the six new cases came from known contacts. Only one case come from an unknown source (Western Urban).

26 May 2015 description

23 MAI 2015 ¦ GENÈVE - Les délégués à l’Assemblée mondiale de la Santé ont pris une série de décisions consécutives à l’épidémie de maladie à virus Ebola. Ils ont donné à l’OMS toute latitude pour procéder à des réformes structurelles lui permettant de se préparer et de riposter avec vitesse, souplesse et efficacité aux situations d’urgence et aux flambées de maladie.

Préparer la riposte aux situations d’urgence

26 May 2015 description

DRC a key player in a crisis-ridden world

26.05.15

Danish Refugee Council's annual report for 2014 is now available. Read Secretary General, Andreas Kamm's statement and download the full report.