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In Nigeria, social mobilizers fight Ebola – and misinformation

By Patrick Moser

Educating the public about Ebola transmission and prevention is a critical part of efforts to contain the outbreak. In Nigeria, the information campaign is taking on an added importance as schools reopen. UNICEF is supporting a major social mobilization effort through deployment of outreach teams door-to-door and to public gathering places.

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Update (16 September 2014)

 DISCHARGED CASES

  • Total Survived and Released Patients = 329

 NEW CASES

  • New Confirmed cases = 29, as follows:

Kailahun = 1, Kenema = 1, Kono = 0 Bombali = 0, Kambia = 0, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko =12, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 0, Pujehun = 0 Western Area Urban = 13, Western Area Rural = 2

 CUMULATIVE CASES

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J&K floods: Rulers of paradise' fight over medicines, baby food

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Times of India

Suhas Munshi,TNN | Sep 18, 2014, 05.18 AM IST

SRINAGAR: The Islamia High School in Rajouri Kadal, a 10-minute drive from Kashmir University, is spread across half-an-acre. On Wednesday, it had women and children strolling and lounging themselves on spare green patches. Some were nursing their babies, some trying to set up homes. They'll probably have to live here for the next one month. Their houses around the Dal lake are still submerged.

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Medical Relief Operation Stepped up in J&K

Relief operations have been stepped up after the visit of the Union health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to Jammu on 13th September, 2014 and Srinagar on 14th September, 2014 to review the ongoing relief activities. The Minister met the Governor, Chief Minister, Health Minister, Chief Secretary & Health Secretary. He advised the State Government on Public Health Measures that need to be taken to prevent communicable disease outbreaks. To improve the outreach services, HFM recommended that boats may be mobilised to send medical supplies.

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Southwest Monsoon-2014: Daily flood situation report summary of important events as on 15.09.2014

RAINFALL/FLOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY

♦ Yesterday, the southwest monsoon was normal over East Uttar Pradesh, East Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Konkan& goa, Assam & Meghalaya, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Coastal Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
Indian Meteorological Department (Major features of weather forecast)

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
China CDC Laboratory Team and a China-aided Mobile Laboratory Arrived in Sierra Leone

On 17 September, 2014, two China-chartered airplanes carrying a China Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) laboratory team and a China-aided mobile laboratory arrived at Lungi International Airport of Sierra Leone. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Samura Kamara, Minister of Transport and Aviation Mr. Leonard Koroma, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation Mr. Foday Sawi and other senior Sierra Leonean officials attended the arrival ceremony held at the airport.

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Gaza: Fact Sheet, September 2014

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World Bank

Area: 360 KM Population: 1.8 million GDP (current prices): US$2,9 billion GDP per capita (current prices): US$1,715.4 Poverty: 39 percent Unemployment: 41 percent

A. The Palestinian Economy

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
Fact Sheet: CDC Ebola Surge – 2014

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest in history and the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This outbreak is actually the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — affecting multiple countries in and around West Africa. Although the current epidemic does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, CDC is taking precautions at home in addition to its activities abroad.

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Liberia + 4 others
West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (as of 17 September, 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On September 16, U.S. President Barack H. Obama announced the creation of a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia to provide regional command and control support for the U.S. military response to EVD.

  • The EVD caseload continues to increase rapidly, with more than more than 2,340 cases identified in the past 21 days.

  • USAID/OFDA contributed $5.7 million in additional support for EVD response activities in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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UNICEF/World Bank airlift second delivery of medicines and equipment in support of Sierra Leone’s efforts to fight Ebola

FREETOWN, September 17, 2014 –With funds from the World Bank, UNICEF has procured and facilitated the delivery of 100 metric tons of urgently needed drugs and equipment worth more than $1.7 million for the treatment of people who have contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone.

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Kuwait commits USD 1 mln to Palestinian children

By Yasmine El-Sabawi

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Ambassador to Washington Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah presented on Wednesday a USD 1 million donation for American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) to help the Palestinian children.

The organization enjoys a long partnership with the State of Kuwait in building schools for, and supplying medicines, food and clothing to, the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.

Kuwait News Agency:

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Liberia + 2 others
The Economic Impact of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic: Short and Medium Term Estimates for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

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World Bank

The World Bank found that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold.

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Liberia + 1 other
U.S. to begin Ebola hospital equipment lift to Liberia this week

Source: Reuters - Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:32 GMT

Author: Reuters

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - The first planeload of hospital equipment in the U.S. military's battle against West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak will arrive in Liberia on Friday, a senior administration official said on Wednesday.

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Sierra Leone + 3 others
UK to increase support to Sierra Leone to combat Ebola

Foreign Secretary announces further support to tackle Ebola in West Africa, including the UK leading on provision of 700 treatment beds in Sierra Leone.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a meeting this afternoon of the Government’s COBR emergency committee, on the UK’s response to the Ebola crisis. After the meeting the Foreign Secretary said:

“The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is already an unprecedented humanitarian emergency for the affected countries. If we fail to act now it could become a global catastrophe with disastrous consequences.

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The crisis in the Central African Republic - Humanitarian Exchange Magazine Issue 62, September 2014

This edition of Humanitarian Exchange focuses on the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), where spiralling violence has left thousands dead and more than a million displaced.

In her lead article, Enrica Picco highlights the slow and inadequate response to the crisis, and questions whether the humanitarian system has the will and capacity to respond in such contexts.

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Iraq + 1 other
Comparative Analysis of Syrian Refugees Staying In and Outside Camps: Kurdistan Region of Iraq Multi-Sector Needs Assessment Factsheet, September 2014

Introduction

According to the latest estimates from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as of 26 August 2014, more than 215,000 Syrian refugees reside in Iraq, over 90% of which currently live in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Around 90,000 of these refugees in the KRI reside in nine refugee camps (two of which were set up as transit sites), while the remaining 125,000 have settled among the host communities throughout the three Kurdish governorates of Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.

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Iraq + 1 other
Multi-Sector Needs Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Camps: Kurdistan Region of Iraq Assessment Report, September 2014

Summary

As of 15 July 2014, according to the latest estimated from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 217,000 Syrian refugees reside in Iraq, most of whom (208,000) have settled in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Around 92,000 of these refugees in the KRI currently reside in nine refugee camps (two of which were set up as transit sites), while the remaining 116,000 have settled among the host community across the KRI.1