- 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 2014: WHO and the government of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia launched a joint US$ 100 million response plan.
- 8 Aug 2014: WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).
- 28 Aug 2014: WHO issued a "roadmap" to scale up the international response.
- 19 Sep 2014: UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) established.
- 17 Oct 2014: WHO declared Senegal free of Ebola virus transmission.
- 20 Oct 2014: WHO declared Nigeria free of Ebola virus transmission.
- 19 Jan 2015: WHO declared Mali free of Ebola virus transmission.
- 21 Jan 2015: Updated Overview of Needs and Requirements for Jan-Jun 2015 launched.
- 8 May 2015: WHO declared Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission.
- 31 Jul 2015: UNMEER closed and transitioned oversight of the UN system’s Ebola emergency response to WHO as of 1 Aug.
- 7 Nov 2015: WHO declared Sierra Leone free of Ebola virus transmission.
- 29 Dec 2015: WHO declared the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea.
- 14 Jan 2016: WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and said all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa.
- 15 Jan 2016: A new case of Ebola has been confirmed in Sierra Leone. The country is still in a 90-day period of enhanced surveillance following the declaration on 7 November 2015 of the end of Ebola transmission in the country.
- 17 Mar 2016: WHO and the government of Sierra Leone marked the end of the recent flare-up of Ebola virus disease in the country.
- 18 Mar 2016: Guinean health officials in the region alerted WHO and partners on 16 March to 3 unexplained deaths in recent weeks in the village of Koropara and said other members of the same family are currently showing symptoms characteristic of Ebola.
- 29 Mar 2016: WHO said Ebola situation in West Africa no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
- 1 Jun 2016: WHO declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea.
9 Jun 2016: WHO declares the end of the most recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia.
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In his latest update from Sierra Leone, Isaac Bayoh, who now works with Medici con l’Africa, looks at how people are coping a year after the outbreak ended
The Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone remains among the most devastating events in our country’s history, perhaps more dreadful even than the 11 years of civil war.
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Root Causes of Conflict, Ebola Aftermath Cited as Civil Society Speaker Highlights Threat of Sexual, Gender-based Violence
Liberia remained stable, but sustaining the progress it had made would require greater investment in the country’s security services as well as commensurate improvements in the justice and correction sectors, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council today as it considered the situation in that country and the future of the mission deployed there.
This report outlines the findings and recommendations from a qualitative assessment carried out to complement and further develop the findings from a recently concluded quantitative study of SNAP+ in order to better understand the driving factors behind behavior during the Ebola crises.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Above-average 2016 cereal harvest expected
Cereal import requirements in 2016 estimated at around same level as in 2015
Number of food insecure people estimated at about 84 085
Overall prospects favourable for 2016 cereal production
Harvesting of coarse grains is almost completed, while harvesting operations for rice, the most important crop produced in the country, will continue until January 2017.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Above-average rice production expected in 2016
Coarse grain prices showed seasonal increases in previous months but declined in August with end of lean season
In spite of significant improvements in food security situation, about 392 000 people still need food assistance
Above-average harvest anticipated in 2016
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Food crop production to further recover in 2016
Food markets recovered significantly following EVD related disruptions
Number of food insecure people estimated at about 21 400
Above-average harvests expected following favourable rains
Esther is one of 1268 survivors of Ebola in Guinea. But surviving the disease is only half the battle.
“My husband was respected by everyone. He never thought that he was going to die.”
Esther’s husband was a family doctor in Guinea. He died after contracting Ebola from a patient he bravely served. His wife and three young children survive him.
Seven neonatal deaths reported from three counties
Twenty-three suspected cases of measles reported from three counties, of which seven were reported from a single facility in Todee district, Montserrado County
Eighteen clinically confirmed cases of pertussis were reported from Grand Kru County
Thirteen laboratory results received for measles, of which one was positive from Margibi County
WFP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security and FAO launched the 2015 Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis report (CFSVA).
WFP provided a two-week ration to 138 flood-affected households in Freetown including their host families. This was complemented by a distribution of non-food items by Red Cross and Save the Children.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Ebola epidemic that swept through Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone during 2014 and the first half of 2015 was by far the worst outbreak of the disease ever, killing thousands of people. Countries with already poor health care systems struggled to contain the early stages of the outbreak, and one of the worst problems they faced was the lack of any quick, reliable way to identify patients infected with the virus.
Eleven neonatal deaths reported from five counties
Twenty suspected cases of measles reported from six counties, of which nine were reported from a single facility in Lofa County
Six cases of acute flaccid paralysis reported from three counties with dates of onset from Epi week 38 to 45
Nineteen clinically confirmed cases of pertussis were reported from Grand Gedeh County
Thirteen laboratory results received for measles, of which one was positive from Bong County
Improvement in Household Food Security as harvesting progresses
During the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, hundreds of people – teachers, builders, taxi drivers – volunteered to support not only those who contracted the virus but also their families.
The work of burial teams was crucial in stopping the spread of Ebola, which claimed almost 4,000 lives in Sierra Leone and more than 11,000 across west Africa.
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On 10 November 2016, as a side event to the 8th Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapon Convention (BWTC), the GCSP co-organised a panel discussion jointly with VERTIC and the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment (GET) Consortium with the support of the UK Government and the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI).
The topic was "Adressing the Biosecurity Governance: Challenges Posed by the Ebola Epidemic". The event was chaired by Dr Lorna Miller (UK Delegation).
UK support will help develop resilient health systems, improve education and increase access to clean water and electricity.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel has visited Sierra Leone to see first-hand how the UK is building upon its leadership during the Ebola crisis by helping the country to develop resilient health systems, improve education and increase access to water and electricity.
Sierra Leone must lift a deeply discriminatory ban on visibly pregnant girls attending school and taking exams, which continues to entrench gender inequality in the country and puts thousands of teenage girls’ futures at risk, Amnesty International said today, a year on from its report on the issue.
During his November 7, 2016, visit to Nigeria, Minister Dion announced that Canada is providing $395,000 to the Lagos State Ministry of Health to help in the design of a new biological laboratory and secure repository (biobank) of infectious diseases, such as Ebola virus disease and Lassa fever. The objective is to ensure fail-safe readiness for any subsequent breakouts of such diseases.
Seventeen neonatal deaths reported from seven counties
Four maternal deaths reported from four counties
Twenty clinically confirmed cases of pertussis including one death was reported from Grand Bassa County
By Harriet Mason
The recent launch of The State of Food Insecurity in Sierra Leone report shows just how dire the situation of food insecurity is in the country. More than half of the population – over 3.5 million people – do not have access to a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food. In the district of Port Loko, women are coming together in Mothers’ Support Groups to help end malnutrition by sharing experiences and advice.