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Guinea + 2 others
2.5m people reached

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) member agencies are scaling up their aid efforts in West Africa where they have already helped over 2.5 million people affected by the Ebola crisis.

The urgent appeal for funds is essential to help member agencies intensify their efforts to stop the explosive spread of the disease and support those affected.

DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said:

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Liberia + 2 others
US envoy sees 'first tangible signs' Ebola will be beaten

10/30/2014 - 15:56 GMT

Ebola-hit west Africa is showing "the first tangible signs" that the deadly virus will be beaten, the US envoy to the UN said Thursday after touring the region.

Samantha Power said the international community must still do much more to fight a months-long epidemic that has claimed around 5,000 lives, almost all of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

"We stand at a historic juncture. We face the greatest public health crisis ever," Power told a gathering in Brussels sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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Liberia: Ebola Outbreak Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 7, 20 - 26 October 2014

Highlights

  • Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) has switched to a more thorough EVD reporting system more focusing on daily trends rather than cumulative totals.

  • The new system has shown more cases and a drop in death toll.

  • Stigmatisation of EVD-affected families, burial teams or community health workers still ongoing.

  • Difficult road transportation continues to hobble distribution of relief supplies.

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Liberia + 2 others
World Bank Group Pledges Additional $100 million to Speed New Health Workers to Ebola-stricken Countries

Report
World Bank

ACCRA, October 30, 2014—The World Bank Group announced today an additional $100 million funding in its Ebola crisis response to speed up deployment of foreign health workers to the three worst-affected countries in West Africa. The announcement increases the World Bank Group’s funding for the Ebola fight over the last three months in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to more than $500 million.

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For Ebola survivors the pain goes on

As the Ebola outbreak grows and spreads, a small but significant group of people is also growing - the Ebola survivors. Emerging shell-shocked from what one described as a "glimpse of hell", the survivors have not found life easy on the other side of the Ebola ward.

Some in the community brand them as "witches" for surviving. For many, the faces they longed to see again while lying in the Ebola ward are no longer there. Husbands, wives, children, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers have all been carried off to unmarked graves by Ebola virus disease.

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Why do some survive Ebola? Sierra Leone study offers clues

Source: Reuters - Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:58 GMT

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An analysis of the first Ebola cases in Sierra Leone helps draw a clearer picture of why some people survive the disease, while others do not, including their age and the pace at which the virus replicates within their body.

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Ebola survivors given safety net in Sierra Leone

When Saio Samura, a 38-year old driver in Freetown, Sierra Leone, died eight days after contracting the Ebola virus disease (EVD), all of his personal effects and household items were burned.

This left his widow, M’balu, and their three children grappling with not only their grief and fear of infection, but also with an empty house.

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#EbolaResponse: Emergency health equipment flown to Guinea under UNICEF-EU partnership

Guinea airlift is third to be funded through EU €1 million donation to Ebola-stricken countries

BRUSSELS/ZARAGOZA, Guinea Conakry, 29 October 2014 – A cargo plane transporting 14 ambulance cars took off today from Zaragoza airport in Spain to Guinea Conakry, part of UNICEF’s efforts to send in life-saving health equipment to the Ebola-affected country. This is the third cargo airlift funded by a €1 million contribution from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid budget.

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Sierra Leone Business Women Hub Supports 41 Survivors at Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre

The Sierra Leone Business Women Hub a local humanitarian organization has donated personal hygiene kits to survivors at the Ebola Treatment Centre at Hastings.

Presenting the kits the Co-Founder, Lawyer Finda Koroma congratulated the survivors for their success story, describing the nurses and doctors at the Treatment Centre as heroes and heroines in the fight against Ebola.

Co-Founfer, Sierra Leone Business Women Hub, Lawyer Finda Koroma making her statement

She encouraged the survivors to feel proud in going back to their various communities strong and healthy.

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Sierra Leone Ebola chief blasts ambulance attacks

10/29/2014 - 20:34 GMT

The new head of Sierra Leone's Ebola response unit on Wednesday slammed lawbreakers who are undermining the fight against the deadly virus by attacking ambulances or burial teams.

Retired army major Palo Conteh, head of the National Ebola Response Centre, said civil unrest and disobedience would make it impossible to beat the outbreak which has already killed almost 1,200 in the country.

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Mali + 1 other
UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report 29 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• The WHO reports that 82 people who had contact with a toddler who died of EVD in Mali are being monitored but no new cases of the disease have yet been reported.

• The UN Secretary - General met with African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Zuma and World Bank President Kim in Addis Ababa to discuss the response to the EVD outbreak.

Key Political and Economic Developments