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27 Feb 2015 description
  • IMF Executive Board releases first grant funding from new trust
  • Board also frees $45.6 million loan payout as urgent financing for Liberia
  • Ebola having deeper, stronger impact on Liberia than first anticipated

The IMF Executive Board approved $36.5 million in debt relief to Liberia in the form of a grant from a newly established trust set up to help low-income countries recover from natural disasters.

27 Feb 2015 description

Highlights

  • The Logistics Cluster in Liberia has been facilitating the provision of cold chain storage capacity on behalf of MSF for measles vaccines;

  • UNHRD’s Rapid Response Team (RRT) set up 1,000m3 of additional storage space at the Central Medical Stores (CMS) in Freetown;

  • The UNHAS/UNMEER fleet performed two medical evacuations of non-Ebola symptomatic humanitarian personnel in Liberia and Sierra Leone;

  • In Guinea, the ET Cluster has conducted radio trainings for 161 humanitarian personnel.

27 Feb 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Study in Sierra Leone finds women took the brunt of EVD

  • Response partners in Liberia intensify support to border crossings Guinea, Mali and Senegal cross-border meeting in Labe, Guinea

Key Political and Economic Developments

27 Feb 2015 description

Surveillance experts from India are working to strengthen the Ebola outbreak response in Sierra Leone

In January 2015, 26 surveillance experts from the National Polio Surveillance Programme (NPSP) in India boarded a plane that would take them to western Africa. Amongst them, Dr Deepak Kumar and Dr Aarti Singh were not only moving to work in a new and challenging country; they were also going to adapt their expertise to a fight a new disease: Ebola.

Knowing how to find a disease

27 Feb 2015 description

Map shows the total number of confirmed cases for each district since the outbreak start.

Pies show new confirmed cases for last 7 days (light blue) and its proportion among the new confirmed cases for last 21 days (dark blue) for each district.

27 Feb 2015 description

Map shows new confirmed cases for last 7 days for each district for Weeks 3 to 8 2015.

Figures show the number of cases by district

27 Feb 2015 description

Set against a backdrop of periodic violence, the Ebola epidemic, weak governance and complex local, national and regional antagonisms, this report documents the greatest sources of insecurity along the Ivorian-Liberian border. It presents the views of both the local border population and government officials working in the region and explores to what extent their explanations differ.

This report is based on a survey of over 200 people and a subsequent series of focus group discussions from four Ivorian-Liberian border region communities.

27 Feb 2015 description

The second batch of Korean aid workers who treated patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone have safely returned to Korea after four weeks of humanitarian work.

The second team, consisting of four doctors and five nurses, returned to Korea on February 23. They treated Ebola patients at a clinic in Goderich, a town near Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, working there for nearly one month, since January 26. They also conducted blood tests on their patients, among other procedures.

27 Feb 2015 description

 DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,034

 NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases = 12 as follows:
    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0 Bombali = 7, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 3, Western Area Rural = 1, Missing = 0

 CUMULATIVE CASES

27 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank

This page tracks Ebola resource flows (including monetized in-kind contributions where available) totaling US$1 million or more from multilateral and bilateral institutions and some foundations. Data is captured from government and other official websites and from communication with key officials within development partner agencies. Data is updated on a bi-weekly basis. Pledges are a non-binding announcement of an intended contribution or allocation by the donor.

27 Feb 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Unsafe burials remains a challenge

  • EVD stigmatization potential threat to response efforts Guinea opens border with Liberia at Diecke

Key Political and Economic Developments

1 . On 25 February, the border between Guinea and Liberia (Diecke side) reopened to the public after months of closure. The response team posted at the border (Guinea side) reported a lack of essential equipment, including an isolation room and a sufficient stock of hand sanitizers, among others.

26 Feb 2015 description

Following an urgent request from Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health, UNHRD’s Rapid Response Team has helped make 1,000m³ of additional storage space available for the Central Medical Stores (CMS) in Freetown.

In just ten days, the debris of a warehouse that burned down last year was cleared and a large new tent erected in its place.

26 Feb 2015 description

Ce mardi, 24 février à l’Archevêché de Conakry, la société de Commerce et de Financement (SCF) et le groupe Philip Morris ont fait un don à CARITAS Guinée ou l’organisation catholique pour la protection humaine (OCPH). La cérémonie de remise des clés au bénéficiaire a eu lieu en présence des responsables religieux, des représentants du ministère de la santé et de l’hygiène publique et du donateur.

26 Feb 2015 description

Lisa Pattison, IFRC

A man painstakingly lectures his family on the importance of hand washing while the house next door is under quarantine. What could seemingly be a scene of an Ebola affected community is in fact the set of the Sierra Leone Red Cross’ new soap opera, Advice.

26 Feb 2015 description

Nouakchott, 10/02/2015 - Le FNUAP a remis, mardi à Nouakchott, au ministère de la santé, un don de matériel destiné à renforcer les efforts du gouvernement mauritanien dans la prévention du virus Ebola.

Ce matériel d'une valeur de plus de 10 millions d'ouguiyas comprend des tenus spécifiques pour les agents de santé, des équipements pour les sages-femmes et agents des maternités en plus de consommables.

26 Feb 2015 description

The 38th session of the Governing Council, IFAD's annual meeting of Member States, highlighted rural transformation as a key to sustainable development. Here is one in a series of articles exploring that theme.

19 FEBRUARY 2015 – Even before the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone was a fragile state. At the time the outbreak hit in May 2014, the country had been slowly recovering from a brutal 10-year civil war that left hundreds of thousands internally displaced.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Save the Children

It isn’t until you arrive at Save the Children’s Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town that you start to really appreciate the scale of the operation, and the number of people involved in making sure that it runs safely.

Over 600 national and more than 100 international staff work in this specialist medical centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week.