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20 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Jo Dunlop

Siblings Jusif and Bilikisu Koroma have survived Ebola. Now back in the community, they have joined other survivors in the care centres and hospitals in which the battle against the virus is being fought.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 December 2014 – Jusif Koroma and his sister Bilikisu survived Ebola. Seventeen of their relatives, including their father, four brothers and seven sisters, have succumbed to the illness.

20 Dec 2014 description

The number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia is decreasing each day and community volunteers' work has contributed substantially to this result.

UNDP Liberia has recruited 1,300 volunteers who are being paid $80 per month to go door to door, every day in their communities, to track down anyone who shows symptoms of the disease and get urgent medical help.

20 Dec 2014 description

UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen handed over 150 solar powered wind up radios to survivors of Ebola and other vulnerable groups who have been affected by EVD in New Georgia in Montserrado County.

The President recently launched the “No New Ebola Case Campaign” campaign in New Georgia in recognition of the way in which residents came together to fight the disease.

20 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

19 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that there is reason to be “cautiously optimistic” about defeating the Ebola crisis in West Africa, as he made a series of visits to countries most-affected by the unprecedented outbreak, which has sickened some 18,000 people and killed close to 7,000 others throughout the region.

20 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Mauritania continues to suffer from a multi-dimensional crisis related to food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition, the presence of Malian refugees.

• From January to December 2014, as a result of the food insecurity and nutrition crisis, over 16,684 severely malnourished children were admitted and treated within 508 supported health facilities. The close collaboration with the Ministry of Health contributed to reinforce the capacity of 141 frontline staff on management of acute malnutrition as well as increase the coverage.

19 Dec 2014 description

Workers involved in handling, treatment, transport and disposal of medical, laboratory and other waste must be protected from exposure to Ebola virus—which causes Ebola virus disease—and from physical and chemical hazards that may be associated with waste management tasks.

19 Dec 2014 description

Category: West Africa

More than 6000 deaths caused by Ebola have now been reported in the six countries affected since spring 2014. As a humanitarian actor in two of the affected countries, DRC is implementing a strategy to ensure security and non-medical assistance.

19 Dec 2014 description

I. Points saillants

 Appui de plusieurs partenaires par L’UNICEF pour mener de larges campagnes d’information et de sensibilisation sur les mesures de prévention et les comportements à adopter pour lutter contre la maladie à virus Ebola. Ces activités ont été organisées tant à Conakry qu’à l’intérieur du pays par les ONG Santé Plus, AJCOM, AEM et Priorité Santé sur Conakry (Kaloum, Matam et Ratoma)et AGIL, AFA, AACG et PRIDE pour l’intérieur du pays (à Forécariah, Siguiri, Kouroussa, Kérouané, Nzérékoré, Yomou et Macenta).

19 Dec 2014 description

By Moustapha Diallo, IFRC

Doctor Alain Kapete usually wears a calm and quiet demeanour, a temperament volunteers from the Mali Red Cross, with whom he is now working, find rather appealing. But today, standing in the middle of his team, suited up in protective gear, mask, gloves and goggles, Doctor Kapete shrugs and moves about constantly. He is involved in a simulation exercise as part of a training on safe and dignified burials, and he wants to ensure the volunteers comply with procedures.

19 Dec 2014 description

These Sitreps are distributed every two weeks. The next report will be issued on or around 28/12/14.

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster has not been activated in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As there are clear needs across the three affected countries for ICT services, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has mandated the World Food Programme (WFP), as global ET Cluster lead, to respond as if the cluster was activated. The ET Cluster, its partners and membership are responding together for a coordinated response.

19 Dec 2014 description

The Western Area of Sierra Leone is the “hotspot” in this Ebola outbreak at the moment, with the highest transmission of any of the 3 most affected countries. The Government of Sierra Leone, WHO and partners, are sending in a massive surge of staff and resources to this area to intensify efforts to curb the spread of Ebola disease.

Screening for Ebola

19 Dec 2014 description

Lisbonne, Portugal | AFP | vendredi 19/12/2014 - 16:46 GMT

Le gouvernement portugais a annoncé vendredi contribuer à hauteur de 550.000 euros à l'installation d'un laboratoire mobile de dépistage du virus Ebola en Guinée-Bissau, pays frontalier de la zone d'Afrique de l'Ouest la plus touchée par l'épidémie.

19 Dec 2014 description

DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 1262

NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases = 48 as follows:

    Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 11

    Bombali = 5, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 14, Tonkolili = 0

    Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0

    Western Area Urban = 11, Western Area Rural = 7

CUMULATIVE CASES

  • Cumulative confirmed cases = 6,856 as follows:

    Kailahun = 565, Kenema = 496, Kono = 135

19 Dec 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 6,387 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Médicos del Mundo

Madrid, 19 de diciembre de 2014.- El centro de tratamiento de ébola que Médicos de Mundo gestiona en Sierra Leona en cooperación con Médicos del Mundo Reino Unido está listo para recibir a sus primeros pacientes. Las instalaciones abren hoy sus puertas a los casos sospechosos o confirmados de infección, después de que las autoridades de Sierra Leona cortaran el pasado miércoles 17 de diciembre la tradicional cinta roja para declarar oficialmente inaugurado el centro.

19 Dec 2014 description

Ever since the closure of the university due to the Ebola outbreak, Tony Harrison, sociology student at the University of Liberia, has been trying to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus in his country. He joined the team of active case finders to go from house to house to find out if sick people are being treated.

19 Dec 2014 description

Experts in food security and agricultural production have addressed the issue

19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal – In addition to the health consequences in West Africa, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has also led to various economic and social disruptions in affected and neighbouring countries.