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31 Aug 2015 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone – 31 August 2015: Detection of a new case of Ebola virus disease in Kambia, Sierra Leone after the country had marked almost three weeks of zero cases has set in motion the first ‘ring vaccination’ use of the experimental Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone.

31 Aug 2015 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Monday 8/31/2015 - 20:36 GMT

A woman who died last week in northern Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola, the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said Monday, in a setback for the country's bid to gain Ebola-free status.

There had been celebratory scenes last week when the country's last known Ebola patient was released from hospital in the central city of Makeni after being cured of the virus, raising hopes the west African nation may finally have beaten the devastating epidemic.

31 Aug 2015 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | lundi 31/08/2015 - 16:25 GMT |

Une femme décédée a été testée positive à Ebola le 28 août en Sierra Leone, quatre jours après la sortie d'hôpital du dernier malade traité et guéri dans ce pays anglophone d'Afrique de l'Ouest, a appris l'AFP de sources concordantes.

30 Aug 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:53 GMT
Author: Reuters

FREETOWN, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The body of a woman who died in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus, less than a week after the last person confirmed to have had the disease was released from hospital, health officials said.

The new death, if confirmed, would represent a setback for efforts to end an 18-month regional epidemic that has infected more than 28,000 people and killed more than a third of them.

30 Aug 2015 description

Regional Highlights

 In the last month, the number of confirmed cases of Ebola in the region has drastically decreased.

o In the week ending 16 August 2015, there were three confirmed cases of Ebola, all of which were reported in Guinea.

o In the last two weeks, the number of contacts under observation has halved from 1,600 to 800.

29 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Indrias G. Kassaye

For a village in Sierra Leone, the tight restrictions of Ebola quarantine bring the movements of everyday life to a stop. For children on their own, providing safety and care is especially challenging.

TONKOLILI DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 27 August 2015 – When 16-year-old Emma Kamara’s mother left home for a long trading trip upcountry, she had no idea that her three children, left in the care of neighbours, would soon be under lockdown.

28 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sierra Leone discharges final Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patient; no new EVD cases reported in the country for the second consecutive week

  • Overall weekly EVD case incidence across EVD-affected West African countries has remained at three confirmed cases for four consecutive weeks

  • All EVD contacts in Liberia complete 21-day monitoring period; countrywide surveillance efforts continue

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

28 Aug 2015 description
report Carter Center

ATLANTA…The Carter Center's Mental Health Program in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, has exceeded its goal of training 150 mental health clinicians by 2015, working largely in primary care clinics and hospitals across all 15 counties to provide much needed care. The newest class of 22 clinicians who graduated today brings the total mental health clinicians trained to 166 and will join the effort to improve access to mental health services in Liberia.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Fambul, located in Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown, is one of the country’s leading child-welfare organizations and has been on the forefront of efforts to help prevent Ebola in local communities and provide care for children left orphaned. Since 2010, the organization has provided a countrywide phone counseling service.

28 Aug 2015 description
  • The Ebola test result of the last patient in Sierra Leone has been confirmed negative for second time, and she was officially discharged on 24 August. On 25 August, the Sierra Leonean government started the 42 days countdown to Ebola-free status.

  • Three new cases have been reported in Guinea this week and no new cases were reported in Liberia for 21 days.

28 Aug 2015 description

Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.

27 Aug 2015 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - For the first time in more than a year, no one in either Sierra Leone or Liberia is being treated for Ebola, raising hopes that after more than 11,000 deaths and 28,000 infections throughout West Africa, the epidemic could finally be winding down.

But 18 months after the World Health Organization (WHO) formally announced the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in March 2014, the last thing the region needs is another false dawn. Three months ago, Liberia was declared free of the virus only for new cases to emerge.

27 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three cases reported in Guinea; no new cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia as of 25 August.

  • High-Level Panel visit to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • Positive interim results of ring vaccination trials.

  • More work and resources required to ensure necessary support for Ebola survivors.

  • 600 police in Conakry trained to help monitor burials to prevent new transmission chains in Guinea.

KEY FIGURES FOR EBOLA COUNTRIES