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05 Dec 2016 description
report Guardian

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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02 Dec 2016 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12608

SECURITY COUNCIL
7824TH MEETING (AM)

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.

02 Dec 2016 description

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.

27 Nov 2016 description

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.

27 Nov 2016 description

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

27 Nov 2016 description

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

25 Nov 2016 description

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.

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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

23 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

23 Nov 2016 description
report Voice of America

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.

21 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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

17 Nov 2016 description

Improvement in Household Food Security as harvesting progresses

Key Messages

12 Nov 2016 description
report Guardian

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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12 Nov 2016 description

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).

10 Nov 2016 description

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.

08 Nov 2016 description

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.

08 Nov 2016 description

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.

07 Nov 2016 description

by Kieran Guilbert | KieranG77 | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Monday, 7 November 2016 11:50 GMT

While most families devastated by Ebola have received humanitarian aid, at least 1,400 children orphaned by the epidemic urgently need support

06 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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

05 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

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.