- 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 - Interactive map journal
- UNMEER Situation Reports
Appeals & Funding
- Ebola Outbreak: Updated Overview of Needs and Requirements for Jan-Jun 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
Rob Fowler, clinician
Dr Rob Fowler is a Canadian critical care physician from Toronto who was recruited by the World Health Organization in August 2013 to work with the Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases clinical team. When the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in late March 2014, Rob was part of the first clinical response team to deploy to Guinea. In the months to follow, Rob worked at an Ebola treatment centre, focusing on treating dehydration, organ dysfunction and shock to drive down mortality rates.
Norway has provided more than NOK 500 million to the efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. The infection rate is now greatly reduced. Norway is therefore scaling down its efforts in cooperation with the authorities in the countries concerned and the UN. This means that Norwegian health workers will return to Norway at the end of March.
Washington, United States | | Friday 3/27/2015 - 08:49 GMT
Two experimental Ebola vaccines, tested in Liberia on more than 600 people in a phase 2 clinical trial appear to be safe, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said Thursday.
The results confirm two clinical trials, each with some 20 people, that were carried out earlier in the United States.
The current, unprecedented epidemic of the disease has killed more than 10,000 people since it first emerged in early 2014 in west Africa, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Response partners launch several social mobilization initiatives in Guinea and Sierra Leone
Government authorities and response partners focus on cross border prevention measures Liberian authorities review Resilient Health System Investment Plan
Key Political and Economic Developments
Response Efforts and Health
On the last leg of her three-day visit to Sierra Leone, on 24 March UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka launched the UN Women-supported Mano River Union First Ladies Initiative on Maternal and Reproductive Health Services at the Kenema District Government Hospital. The initiative aims to put essential services back on track and rebrand Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services to restore confidence in their use, eroded in the wake of Ebola Virus Disease.
Freetown, Sierra Leone, 26 March 2015—On the eve of a three-day lock-down that will quarantine some 6 million people across Sierra Leone, World Vision is urging a renewed focus on safe and dignified burials to help eradicate the virus.
RFA Argus has been honoured by the Defence Secretary as she heads back to the UK after supporting the fight against Ebola.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship deployed to Sierra Leone from Falmouth in September. Her task was to provide vital aviation support and medical capability to the Department for International Development-led effort against Ebola.
Washington, United States | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 21:56 GMT
The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread, a study showed Thursday.
Previous research based on limited data had suggested that Ebola was mutating twice as quickly as in the past, researchers said in the journal Science.
Washington, Etats-Unis | | jeudi 26/03/2015 - 18:09 GMT
Un vaccin expérimental fabriqué à partir du virus entier d'Ebola a été efficace chez des singes et pourrait mieux protéger que les vaccins expérimentaux n'utilisant qu'une partie de cet agent pathogène, selon une étude publiée jeudi.
Washington, United States | | Thursday 3/26/2015 - 18:41 GMT
An experimental Ebola vaccine has been shown to effectively protect monkeys against the often-deadly virus, according to a study published Thursday.
The new medicine, described in the journal Science, is what is known as a "whole virus" vaccine.
This means it is based on a non-active form of the entire virus instead of just fragments, and is more likely to trigger a broad immune response.
Le Conseil d’administration du Fonds monétaire international (FMI) a approuvé le 18 mars un don d’un montant équivalant à 21,42 millions de DTS (soit environ 29,8 millions de dollars ou 20 % de la quote-part) au titre du Fonds fiduciaire d’assistance et riposte aux catastrophes (ARC)1, pour accorder à la Guinée un allègement immédiat de sa dette. Cette décision a été prise sans que se réunisse le Conseil d’administration2.
26 March 2015 - In the week of the first anniversary of the Ebola outbreak, Christian Aid has reaffirmed its commitment to help hard-hit communities in Sierra Leone at a time when complacency could jeopardise the fight to eradicate the virus.
Twelve months after the World Health Organisation first announced the start of the outbreak, the virus has infected nearly 25,000 people in three West African countries, of whom 10,300 have died. With nearly 12,000 cases, Sierra Leone is the worst-affected.*
In February, households in Liberia used the same number or fewer negative coping strategies than in January. Food security continues to improve thanks to the recent harvest and lower incidences of Ebola. However, the poorest households used more coping strategies than in January.
Negative coping strategies are most prevalent in the northern and western counties of Lofa, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount.
In February, households in Sierra Leone used fewer negative coping strategies than in January. Food security continues to improve thanks to the recent harvest and measures to control Ebola.
Coping is highest in the districts of Bombali, Koinadugu and Tonkolili in the north. Use of negative coping strategies fell significantly in the districts of Bo (in the south) and Kenema (in the east). Residents of Freetown continue to be relatively better off.
Tokyo – The Government of Japan is providing US$ 237.4 million to support the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as it works to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.
- Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 3,322
- New Confirmed cases = 1 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 0 Bombali = 0, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =0, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0 Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 0, Western Area Rural = 0, Missing = 0
District - Chiefdom - Community
Kambia Samu - Soria (1)