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More military, more medics and more money needed to prevent definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation

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Oxfam

More troops, funding and medical staff are urgently needed if we have a hope of stopping Ebola spiralling out of control, international agency Oxfam warns today.

In a battle against the clock, with less than two months left in the window to curb the spread of the virus ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, there is still a crippling shortfall in military staff to provide the logistical support that is desperately needed. This includes building treatment centres, providing flights and both engineering and logistical support.

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UNICEF - Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #56, 15 October 2014

Highlights

  • Since the UNICEF SitRep of 11 October 2014, 320 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola and 4 new deaths were added to the official totals for Liberia.

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UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 17 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made a strong call to turn pledges into action, appealing to the international community to provide the $1 billion needed to fight Ebola

  • The UN Ebola Response Operational Planning Conference in Accra will be attended today by senior officials to consolidate and finalize the Ebola emergency response operational plan

  • UNMEER Ebola Crisis Manager for Sierra Leone officially welcomed by the President

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Liberia: Ebola Outbreak Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 5, 6 – 12 October 2014

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  • According to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), as of 11 October, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed EVD cases was 4,241, with 2,458 deaths.

  • Industrial action by health workers to press for risk allowance raise due to the dangers of contracting Ebola.

  • Discussions underway with the national police to ease passage of supplies at checkpoints where lengthy delays have occurred.

  • Arrival of 300 U.S. Troops in the country to help fight the Ebola outbreak.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: Ebola in West Africa: Impact on Protection and Security – 14 October 2014

The briefing note highlights the impact of movement restrictions, the security context, political and social tensions, and protection of vulnerable groups, including women, children, refugees and health workers.

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UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 0600 Hours NYT – 13 October 2014 / No. 17

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  • According to the latest WHO Ebola Response Roadmap Update, a total of 8,399 cases and 4,033 deaths have been reported in the current outbreak and infections among health care workers also continue on an upwards trajectory, with 416 cases and 233 deaths

  • On 10 October, UNMEER SRSG Anthony Banbury briefed the General Assembly on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa via video-link from UNMEER Headquarters in Ghana

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UNICEF- Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #55, 08 October 2014

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  • Since the UNICEF SitRep of 3 October 2014, an additional 41 probable cases and 7 new confirmed cases of Ebola as well as 83 new deaths were added to the official totals for Liberia.

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UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 0600 Hours NYT – 9 October 2014 / No. 15

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  • A total of 8,033 cases and 3,879 deaths have been reported in the current outbreak of EVD in the affected countries, according to WHO - first case of EVD confirmed in the Guinean district of Lola which borders Côte d'Ivoire

  • Marcel Rudasingwa appointed as Ebola Crisis Manager for Guinea, Peter Jan Graaff as Ebola Crisis Manager for Liberia, and Amadu Kamara as Ebola Crisis Manager for Sierra Leone

  • UNMIL international staff member tests positive for EVD

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Ebola orphans thrown into motherhood

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Plan

As Ebola continues to claim lives across West Africa, thousands of orphaned teenage girls are being thrown into early motherhood to look after their younger siblings.

8 October 2014: Siah, 16 and her 5-year-old brother John have cried every night since their mother died of Ebola.

“I can’t imagine how I will take care of the children without any help,” says Siah as she hugs her little brother to her chest. “We have some other relatives in Sierra Leone, but I don’t know how to find them.”

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United Nations consolidated response plan in support of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia - September 2014

Summary

Following a decade long conflict, Liberia’s has made sizeable advances in its postwar progress. However, challenges still remain, notably, endemic structural poverty, corruption, and profound distrust between state authorities and civilians. The arrival of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) threatens the country’s post-war progress.

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We Need an Unprecedented Global Effort to Beat the Ebola Menace

Blog by Robbie McIntyre

As the Ebola death toll in West Africa continues to rise, we are rapidly scaling up our response to try to match its reach. But, along with most of the humanitarian and international community, we are playing catch-up. The initial response to this crisis was too slow and too small.

The self-flagellation and recriminations must come later. What must come now, with absolutely no delay, is an unprecedented global effort to prevent Ebola from shattering the futures of a whole generation of children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Ebola orphans facing grim fight for survival

10/8/2014 - 06:33 GMT

by Marc BASTIAN

Hundreds of children have been killed by the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, yet for the thousands spared, the grim struggle for survival has only just begun.

Children across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are finding themselves alone in the world, ostracised by communities terrified by the contagion and without family to look after them.

"It was different with the HIV epidemic," says UNICEF spokeswoman Sarah Crowe, referring to the system of extended family and friends taking on AIDS orphans.

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ChildFund International opens first Interim Care Center for children orphaned by Ebola

More than 2,000 children have been orphaned by the disease in Liberia. A new center will provide support and protection to 20 children at a time who don’t have family or relatives.

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UN Ebola Crisis Centre: External Situation Report, 7 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Liberia’s Ministerial Ebola Strategic Committee and Incident Management Team presented the revised national Ebola response plan on 4 October; finalised plan is expected in the coming week

  • National medical personnel on strike in Bong County ETU; similar strikes threatened in Monrovia

  • Despite improvements in capacities for laboratory testing and dead body management in Liberia, related challenges persist; separate constraints noted regarding reporting and transfer of suspected EVD cases

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What does the Ebola crisis mean for long-term progress in Sierra Leone and Liberia? – podcast

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Guardian

What weaknesses has the Ebola outbreak exposed in the infrastructure of west Africa? And how can the countries affected get through the epidemic and ensure they are less susceptible to future crises?

With thousands dead and no end to the crisis, the Ebola outbreak threatens to cause lasting damage to progress in postwar Sierra Leone and Liberia. But just how strong were the development gains made in those countries in the first place? And what can be done to ensure that west Africa establishes better infrastructure next time round?

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Ebola crisis: life on the front line in Liberia

By Amy Richmond, Child Protection Adviser in Liberia

My name is Amy, and I’m in Liberia, responding to the Ebola crisis – the deadliest outbreak in history. It’s perhaps the most challenging assignment of my Save the Children career.

Waking up to Ebola

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UN Ebola Crisis Centre: External Situation Report, 4 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SRSG Banbury continues his visit to the affected countries in Freetown, Sierra Leone

  • WHO Ebola Response Roadmap Update reports a total of 7,740 cases and 3,431 deaths from EVD since the recent outbreak

  • UNMEER issues press release to confirm that Ebola is not an airborne disease

  • The Liberian House of Representatives unanimously passes a private bill criminalizing the deliberate concealment of information of persons with contagious diseases such as EVD

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West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (as of 1 October, 2014)

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  • To date, U.S. Government (USG) funding for the West Africa EVD outbreak has surpassed $111 million.

  • USAID and the U.S. Department of State are providing a $10 million grant to support an African Union (AU) medical mission responding to the EVD outbreak.

  • The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has mobilized nearly 200 volunteers to deliver EVD prevention messages in densely-populated areas of the capital city of Freetown, aiming to reach 500,000 people by early October.

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UN Ebola Crisis Centre: External Situation Report, 1 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SRSG Banbury holds a press briefing announcing plans for tangible impact within 60 days

  • UNICEF expresses concern for at least 3,700 children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the onset of the recent outbreak in West Africa

  • U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention confirms first case of Ebola in the U.S

  • To date, 25.7 per cent of the USD 988 million identified in OCHA’s Overview is received