- In March 2014, a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever started in Guinea. The outbreak subsequently spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Senegal, and Mali.
- 1 Aug: WHO and the government of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia launched a joint US$ 100 million response plan.
- 8 Aug: WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
- 28 Aug: WHO issued a "roadmap" to scale up the international response.
- 19 Sep: UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) established.
- 17 Oct: WHO declared Senegal free of Ebola virus transmission.
- 20 Oct: WHO declared Nigeria free of Ebola virus transmission.
- 19 Jan 2015: WHO declared Mali free of Ebola virus transmission.
- 21 Jan: Updated Overview of Needs and Requirements for January-June 2015 launched; WHO declared that outbreak continued to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
- Latest WHO Ebola response roadmap - Situation report
- UNMEER Situation Reports
Appeals & Funding
- Ebola Outbreak: Updated Overview of Needs and Requirements for January-June 2015
- Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak Response Plan in West Africa
- Ebola Outbreak West Africa: FAO Regional Response Programme (Oct 2014-Sep 2015)
- Business Engagement Guide - In-kind Donations and Direct Engagement
- 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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
- Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,034
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.