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21 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP concluded the first round of take-home food ration distributions: 321,000 primary school children in 1,394 schools in food insecure chiefdoms across the country were assisted to increase enrolment and attendance rates post-Ebola.

  • The President of Sierra Leone launched the second phase of his Ebola recovery priorities; Education,
    Health, Social Protection and the Private Sector.

  • Training of ART counselors on monitoring and reporting on Food by Prescription for people living with HIV has ended.

21 Jul 2016 description

UN agencies, funds and programmes are supporting the Government in their work to build a better, more resilient Sierra Leone.

In this newsletter, you will find examples of the work of the UN family.

20 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit are being transformed into an Action Plan.

  • Some 3.8 million people in the Lake Chad Basin are facing severe food insecurity in the current lean period.

  • Aid groups step up response to people in need across the Lake Chad Basin, where hunger and malnutrition are on the rise.

  • Heavy flooding triggered by torrential rains in Ghana, Chad and Niger.

  • Ebola outbreak is over in the three worst-hit West African countries.

19 Jul 2016 description

Contents

Cover story

Bright ideas, local solutions

As humanitarians explore new technologies and innovation, how do they make sure these developments empower the people who need them most? A pilot project in two informal settlements in Kenya and South Africa offers some answers.

Phones, drones and beyond

18 Jul 2016 description

Forécariah, République de Guinée - 18/07/16– Dans le cadre de son programme d’appui au redressement socio-économique des survivants d’Ebola guinéens, l’Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations (OIM) a remis ce vendredi 15 juillet plusieurs intrants agricoles et du matériel de nettoyage au Groupement économique de survivants de Forécariah et aux Associations de femmes de Lanféma et de balayeuses de la Commune Urbaine de Forécariah.

18 Jul 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme
  • UNHRD continues to dispatch operational equipment for its Partners, most recently supporting WFP by sending ICT equipment to Freetown in Sierra Leone.

  • During the worst of the crisis, UNHRD facilities in Accra and Las Palmas served as regional staging areas and the Accra depot hosted UNMEER headquarters.

15 Jul 2016 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Friday 7/15/2016 - 15:24 GMT

Sierra Leone declared Friday that it would stop the mandatory testing of all dead bodies for the Ebola virus, lifting a restriction put in place at the end of an outbreak that claimed thousands of lives.

The World Health Organization said on March 17 there were no more known cases of the virus in the country, which surfaced in neighbouring Guinea before spreading to Sierra Leone in May 2014.

15 Jul 2016 description

Guinea - IOM, in partnership with Plan International, this week launched a Community Event-Based Surveillance (CEBS) system in the Forest region prefecture of Macenta on the Guinea-Liberia border to combat the spread of Ebola. The project is funded by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

13 Jul 2016 description
report UN Women

Every conflict is unique. But, from Afghanistan to Liberia to Syria to Guatemala, women’s organizations and their leaders are always at the forefront of peacebuilding and recovery. Usually unsupported and under-resourced, women peacebuilders risk their lives and make tremendous sacrifices in order to rebuild their communities and to forge a better future for their societies.

12 Jul 2016 description

Kenya - IOM last week (6-8 July) organized a three-day training on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The workshop, which brought together 35 health assessment physicians from across Africa, was designed to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in effectively and efficiently preventing, detecting and responding to public health events occurring in health assessment settings.

08 Jul 2016 description

Highlights during the reporting week

  • Four maternal deaths reported from four counties
  • Three neonatal deaths reported from three counties
  • Five (5) positive cases of measles received from the lab results for three counties.
  • Fifty (50) cases of whooping cough reported from Sinoe county

Reporting Coverage

99% (734/740) of expected health facilities reported from 92 health districts across 15 counties.

08 Jul 2016 description

Highlights during the reporting week

  • Three maternal deaths reported from two counties
  • Nine neonatal deaths reported from five counties
  • Increase of suspected measles reported in Kaota town, Suakoko District, Bong County

Reporting Coverage

99% (734/740) of expected health facilities reported from 92 health districts across 15 counties.

08 Jul 2016 description

Highlights during the reporting week

  • Six maternal deaths reported from three counties
  • Two neonatal deaths reported from two counties
  • EVD outbreak declared over after 42 days of heightened surveillance and sixty nine (69) days without a new confirmed case
  • Outbreak of Measles reported in Camp Wood District, Grand Bassa County

Reporting Coverage

08 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

 IOM field staff completed the Participatory Mapping and Field Observation phase in Kambia’s 4 border chiefdoms, one of the three priority areas of the Health, Border, and Mobility Management (HBMM) project funded by US CDC. In Bombali, IOM staff have begun a similar mapping exercise as part of a Government of Japan Funded Project on strengthening border health.

08 Jul 2016 description

Foreword

Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH Director, CDC Corresponding author: Thomas R. Frieden, Office of the Director, CDC; Telephone: 404-639-7000; E-mail: TFrieden@cdc.gov.

The 2014–2016 Ebola virus disease (Ebola) epidemic in West Africa required a massive international response by many partners to assist the affected countries and tested the world’s readiness to respond to global health emergencies.

04 Jul 2016 description
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Executive Summary

To capture critical lessons from the Ebola epidemic of 2014–2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked CNA to convene an independent panel of public health, healthcare, emergency response, and communication experts to review the Department’s international and domestic responses. This report summarizes the Independent Panel’s assessment of HHS’s challenges—and, where appropriate, challenges facing the broader U.S. government—and presents recommendations for addressing future urgent public health threats.