Monrovia (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has donated 480 copies of a new training manual on the law of armed conflict (LoAC), also known as international humanitarian law (IHL), to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). The manual, developed by the Liberian army with support from the ICRC, provides guidelines and sets out the responsibilities of military personnel under this branch of the law during military operations.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:19 GMT
By James Harding Giahyue
MONTSERRADO, Liberia, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Huddled together in the bedroom of their mud-brick home in rural Liberia, Marthaline Sweet's children stare at her hungrily as she picks up her one-month-old baby.
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CONAKRY/MONROVIA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 14 January 2016 – Nearly 23,000 children who lost one or both parents or their primary caregivers to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will continue to need care and support, UNICEF said as it welcomed the declaration that there are no more cases of the disease in West Africa.
Monrovia, 31 December 2015
UNMIL Officer-in-Charge Waldemar Vrey made the following statement today:
The United Nations Mission in Liberia learned on 29 December of an allegation that two members of its military personnel were involved in a possible case of serious misconduct in Bong County on 4 December. The alleged misconduct involved the beating of a teenage boy.
No new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported since 20 November 2015 and 166 contacts, including 9 health workers, completed 21 days of close monitoring.
The recent chain of Ebola transmission ended on 11 December and the period of voluntary observation and twice daily monitoring of contacts ceased. Active surveillance and social mobilisation will continue for an additional 21 days.
1. Executive summary
This report was prepared by the Human Rights and Protection Section (HRPS) of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and is released jointly with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). HRPS is mandated to promote, protect and monitor human rights in Liberia, with “special attention to violations committed against women and children.”
No new cases have been reported since 20 November 2015, but 166 contacts, of whom 32 are health workers, are being monitored. All contacts are in Montserrado County.
If no new cases are detected, this chain of transmission will end on 11 December 2015 and the period of voluntary observation and twice daily monitoring of contacts will cease. Active case finding and social mobilisation will continue for an additional 21 days.
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.
It is an honor to again present to you this Third Quarter Edition of the UN Women Liberia Newsletter.
With your support, UN Women has accelerated its programme delivery; expanded its reach to more vulnerable women; and built strategic partnerships for positioning the gender agenda in ongoing national policy and reform processes.
· 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.