The Resident Representative of the African Development Bank Group in Liberia, Margaret Kilo, launched a national radio broadcasting program dedicated to women’s empowerment as an early celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls and the 16 Days of Activism, which kicked off on Wednesday, November 25. The official ceremony was hosted by Liberian Vice-President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, on Tuesday, November 24, in partnership with other development institutions such as UN Women in Liberia.
On 20 November 2015, the Government of Liberia confirmed three new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from a family of six living in a suburb of the capital Monrovia. All of them were transferred to an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). One of the three confirmed cases, a fourteen year old boy, died on 23 November. His brother and father remain under treatment. Nineteen contacts, including three other family members of the boy are under observation.
On 20 November 2015, the Government of Liberia confirmed three new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia from a family of six members from a suburb in the capital Monrovia. There are no new cases.
A fourteen year old boy was confirmed as having Ebola on 19 November 2015 and was taken to an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia. He died on 23 November 2015. Two other family members were also confirmed as having Ebola the subsequent day and continue to receive treatment at the ETU.
· On 20 November 2015, the Government of Liberia confirmed three* new cases of EVD in Liberia. All three are from the same family, from a suburb of the capital Monrovia.
· A ten year old boy was confirmed as having EVD on 19 November 2015. Two other family members were also confirmed as having EVD the subsequent day. All three are receiving treatment at an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia.
As of 11 November 2015, Liberia has reached day 69 of the 90 days of active surveillance and has been free of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since 3 September 2015.
· As of 28 October 2015, Liberia has reached day 55 of the 90 days of active surveillance and has been free of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since 3 September 2015.
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· As of 13 October 2015, Liberia has gone 98 days since the last confirmed Ebola case, and officially remains Ebola transmission free. As of 3 September 2015, the country is observing 90 days of active surveillance.
Liberia is Ebola-free, and for the first time since the outbreak was declared in March 2014, no new Ebola cases were recorded in Sierra Leone and Guinea for a full week. The end of the outbreak seems a little closer. But Ebola can and may return. The European Commission's humanitarian partners are on the ground to help people get back on their feet and prepare for any possible new outbreak. Our colleague Isabel Coello talked to Audrey Crawford, Head of Programmes at Danish Refugee Council in Liberia.
What is the current situation in Liberia?
It has been a little over three months since Liberia’s first County Service Center (CSC) was dedicated in Buchanan, commencing a journey of taking governance closer to the people of Grand Bassa County and surrounding areas.
With funding from the European Union and Managed by UNDP, the CSC is a one-stop shop set up under the Liberia Decentralization Support Program (LDSP) to ensure that major documentation services are accessible to rural residents including Rivercess, Montserrado, and Sinoe among others.
As of 30 September 2015, Liberia has gone 84 days since the last confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case, and officially remains Ebola transmission free. As of 3 September 2015, the country is observing 90 days of active surveillance.
This weekend the world meets to commit to the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. For 10 million stateless people worldwide this will continue to be a dream as long as they are denied nationality of any country.
The European Union (EU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Liberia signed several agreements to support the Liberia Electoral Cycle for 2015 to 2017.
Under the tripartite arrangement, the EU will contribute 10 million Euro (approximately USD$11.4 million) and the UNDP USD$1 million to help strengthen the capacity of the National Elections Commission, improve voter registration, enhance women participation in the electoral processes, reinforce mechanisms for political parties and enhance security during elections.
Episcopal Relief & Development and the humanitarian arm of the Episcopal Church of Liberia (ECL-RD) have expanded their gender-based violence prevention and response program through a $680,000 grant from the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.
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Emphasizing the need for continued progress on constitutional and institutional reform in Liberia, the Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations mission there until 30 September 2016, continuing the drawdown in advance of that country’s expected assumption of full responsibility for security by the middle of next year.
During the height of the Ebola crisis, rumors swirled that health clinics were not only inadequate but also were contributing to the deaths of the stricken who were taken there. Health officials said that because many pregnant women chose to have their babies at home, tens of thousands of children today have not been officially registered.
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With Liberia having turned a corner from its unprecedented Ebola health emergency, the people and Government now had the important work of continuing to build a unified and reconciled nation fully responsible for its own destiny, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today.
As of 2 September 2015, Liberia has gone 42 days without a new Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case and is now transmission-free. There are no remaining contacts under follow up.
As part of its overall support to the restoration of regular health services, UNICEF is working with the Ministry of Health (MoH) on last mile distribution of essential medicines and supplies to 657 health facilities in 15 counties, thereby addressing issues of non-availability/stock outs.