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29 Jan 2015 description

The Government of Sierra Leone through the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has this week launched a national exercise to implement the revised Hazard Policy aimed at re-classifying Ebola Response Workers (ERWs) based on real risks and further ensuring fiduciary sustainability and compliance.

The exercise which will run for a month (until l February 26) is implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

29 Jan 2015 description

Results from a trial of a new Ebola vaccine confirm it can progress to larger scale testing.

The results from the first clinical trials of the proposed new vaccine in the UK show it does produce a response from the immune system. Trials in affected countries are now needed to see whether it is sufficient to protect against the disease. The research will also help determine the appropriate dosage for patients.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

29 Jan 2015 description

New Zealand Red Cross general manager of communications and marketing Corinne Ambler is the latest Kiwi aid worker heading to West Africa to help with the Ebola response.

Ms Ambler will be working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) coordinating their Ebola communications from the regional hub in Accra, Ghana.

29 Jan 2015 description

 DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 2,181

 NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases = 12 as follows:
    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 1, Kono = 0 Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 1, Port Loko = 7, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 2, Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 1, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0 Note: Missing = sample which could not be traced to a district due to wrong information or data on lab forms

 CUMULATIVE CASES

29 Jan 2015 description
  • Doctors Without Borders, International Medical Corps and Samaritan’s Purse Each Received Funds to Aid Their Ebola Efforts

  • Current Ebola Outbreak is the Most Fatal in the History of the Disease

January 28, 2015 - SALT LAKE CITY- The Sorenson Legacy Foundation today announced that in order to help combat the Ebola epidemic, it granted a total of $1.5 million to three separate international health organizations: Doctors Without Borders, International Medical Corps and Samaritan’s Purse.

29 Jan 2015 description
report World Vision

Caring for children orphaned by Ebola or been exposed to the disease is a tricky business. These children have to be isolated for 21 days to ensure they’re not infected and to reduce the risk of transmission to others. These children still need motherly love and care and for that it takes a brave survivor to step up to the task. Survivors of Ebola become immune to the disease, allowing them to care for these children as their parents would.

29 Jan 2015 description

27 JANVIER 2015 | GENÈVE - Le Conseil exécutif de l’OMS, qui tient actuellement sa cent trente-sixième session, a nommé le Dr Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti Directeur régional pour la Région africaine de l’OMS. Le Dr Moeti avait été désignée à ce poste par les ministres de la santé des 47 États Membres de la Région lors de la session annuelle du Comité régional de l’Afrique, à Cotonou (Bénin) en novembre 2014.

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Marge Francia

“Communities are at the forefront of the response.” – UNICEF Global Ebola Emergency Coordinator Dr. Peter Salama

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 28 January 2015 – On a bright, hot day, Andrew Koroma and Mohamed Conteh walk through Freetown’s congested Rokupa community, armed with a megaphone, posters and flyers. This small team of social mobilizers is here because one particular community is currently under its second 21-day quarantine after recording an Ebola death.

29 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • With support from the Government of Germany, a temporary unit for treating non-EVD infections opened in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia on January 23.

  • The Government of Senegal (GoS) reopened land border crossings with Guinea on January 26. The GoS had closed all borders with Guinea on August 21 due to the EVD outbreak and previously reopened air and sea borders with Guinea on November 14.

29 Jan 2015 description

This instructional flipbook provides a discussion guide for healthcare workers in West Africa in speaking with an Ebola survivor. The flipbook includes helpful tips in describing what an Ebola survivor can expect in the recovery ahead.

28 Jan 2015 description

SUMMARY

  • The response to the EVD epidemic has now moved to a second phase, as the focus shifts from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic. To achieve this goal as quickly as possible, efforts have moved from rapidly building infrastructure to ensuring that capacity for case finding, case management, safe burials, and community engagement is used as effectively as possible.

28 Jan 2015 description
  1. The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) outbreak is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak on record, with an unprecedented number of affected countries and thousands of cases and deaths. 1 Widespread and intense transmission is devastating for families and communities, compromising essential civic and health services, weakening economies and isolating affected populations.

28 Jan 2015 description

In response to resolution WHA61.2, in which it was decided that States Parties to the International Health Regulations (2005) and the Director-General shall report to the Health Assembly on the implementation of the Regulations annually, the present report provides an overview of the international response in 2014 to public health events and emergencies, with a particular focus on the role of WHO and the International Health Regulations (2005) in preventing, detecting, reporting and responding to such events.

28 Jan 2015 description

KEY POINTS

  • Mano River Union (MRU) emphasises regional dimension of EVD
  • Local health officials in Liberia remain vigilant on EVD efforts
  • UNICEF continues monitoring activities of re-opened schools in Guinéa
28 Jan 2015 description

The fight against Ebola is beginning to make headway, but West Africa has still not rid itself of this epidemic. Under a commission from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is providing various kinds of support on site. For example, in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, it joined forces with Cap Anamur to set up an isolation ward in a children’s hospital.

28 Jan 2015 description

28/01/2015 - 17:02 GMT

L'Union africaine prévoit de lancer un fonds Ebola ainsi qu'un Centre de contrôle des maladies, ont annoncé des responsables mercredi à Addis Abeba, alors que l'ONG Oxfam a exhorté les dirigeants africains à tenir leurs promesses d'injecter de l'argent dans les systèmes de santé du continent.

Le Commissaire de l'UA pour les Affaires sociales, Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, a assuré que le Centre africain de prévention et contrôle des maladies serait opérationnel d'ici à la mi-2015.

28 Jan 2015 description

1/28/2015 - 15:24 GMT

The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control centre, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost healthcare systems on the continent.

Oxfam called for a "massive post-Ebola Marshall Plan", referring to the United States aid package to rebuild Europe after World War II.

28 Jan 2015 description

Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | Wednesday 28/1/2015 - 16:23 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO

A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe.

The largest Ebola unit ever built opened in the Liberian capital Monrovia with 120 beds on August 17 but was immediately overwhelmed, with staff forced to turn patients away at its gates, despite more than doubling its capacity.