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UNICEF- Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #48, 22 August 2014

Summary

  • According to the MoHSW, in the past week,1 297 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola were reported in Liberia – the largest number of cases reported in one week since the epidemic began in late March.

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West Africa: Ebola virus claims humanitarian hero's life

Almost 2,000 people have been infected and more than 1,000 killed in an Ebola outbreak that his terrorized communities across four West African countries. The deadly illness has also taken a very heavy toll on health workers and humanitarian staff responding to the growing crisis.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Rapid Needs Assessment Report – Iraqi IDPs, Erbil Governorate - Ankawah District, 9 - 10 August 2014

Background

Since the outbreak of the conflict in Anbar in January 2014 and the fall of Mosul in early June, an estimated 1.2 million people have been displaced. The vast majority (87%) of the IDP population assessed to date are currently either staying with host families, renting accommodation or living in hotels and government institutions (Public parks, churches, schools) . Staying in camps is viewed as an option of last resort. The number of families currently accommodated in camp settings constitutes only 1% of the total IDP population currently displaced.

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PAHO/WHO and partners to use U.N. emergency funds to bring health care to Paraguayan families affected by floods

US$ 314,000 will be used to provide emergency health care to 5,000 families and prevent possible disease outbreaks

Asunción, Paraguay, 22 August 2014 (PAHO/WHO) – The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will receive US$ 314,000 from the United Nation’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) for the provision of medical care to some 5,000 families affected by flooding in recent months in Paraguay’s Chaco region. The funds will also be used to prevent disease outbreaks.

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Pakistan: Daily Emergency and Response Situational Information Report, 21st Aug 2014

Update includes the following:

  • North Waziristan Displacement Updates 1

  • PHF Response Updates as of 19-8-2014 1

  • Sindh Updates 2

  • Drought Updates 2

  • Daily Health Report of District Tharparkar as on 21-8-2014 2

  • Nationwide Updates 3

  • Earthquake tremors felt in Sialkot, Lahore 3

  • Rain related incidents in KPK, Fata take seven lives, hurt 25 others 3

  • Monsoon Weather Situation Report as of 21-8-2014 4

  • Polio Updates 5

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UN intensifies Ebola response in Liberia

WHO committed to step up its work with partners to build additional care facilities around Monrovia to expand the number of Ebola care beds

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudan - Crisis Fact Sheet #52 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Government (USG) provides additional $180 million to support food assistance in South Sudan

  • U.N. World Food Program (WFP) barge convoy arrives in Upper Nile State

  • Insecurity persists in Unity State, including near the civilian protection site in Bentiu town

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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Liberia + 3 others
Key Points – Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa (Updated August 22, 2014)

Summary Key Messages

· This is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first in West Africa.

· The outbreak in West Africa is worsening, but CDC, along with other U.S. government agencies and international partners, is taking steps to respond to this rapidly changing situation.

· Ebola poses no substantial risk to the U.S. general population.

· On August 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the current Ebola outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

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Senegal + 4 others
Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up

Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with Guinea to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new UN pointman on the epidemic said preparations must be made for a possible flare-up of the disease.

Senegal's decision to close its land border with Guinea, announced by the interior ministry on Thursday, is part of intensifying efforts to contain the outbreak that has killed 1,350 people since March in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Polio Alarm in Afghan Southeast

Health officials say disease had disappeared in Khost province but re-emerged with a refugee influx from Pakistan.

Health officials in the Khost province of southeast Afghanistan have warned of a polio outbreak, noting that they have recorded one case and that more are likely.

They raised the alarm after tens of thousands of civilians arrived in the province from over the border in North Waziristan, fleeing from a Pakistani army offensive launched in mid-June.

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Liberia + 3 others
Last Ebola-free region of Liberia falls to virus

08/22/2014 21:03 GMT

by Zoom DOSSO with Selim SAHEB ETTABA in Dakar

MONROVIA, August 22, 2014 (AFP) - Every region of Liberia has now been hit by Ebola, officials said Friday, as the World Health Organization warned the fight against the worst-ever outbreak of the killer disease would take months.

After seeing people fall to the deadly virus in area after area, Liberia said two people had succumbed to the virus in Sinoe province, the last Ebola-free bastion in a country that has seen the biggest toll with 624 deaths.

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Liberia + 3 others
WAJA statement on ebola outbreak in West Africa

Ebola outbreak

The West African Journalists Association (WAJA) has today extended its condolences and solidarity with the governments and peoples in the sub-region affected by the Ebola outbreak, and calls on the media to double its support in fighting back the virus. WAJA says the media is under social and ethical obligation to serve the greater good of humanity in these critical times of heightened fear of death caused by the rapid spread of the disease in the region.

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Interview with Dr. Carmen Valle- ‘Our work with Ebola has a very important psychosocial support component’

Ebola has claimed over 1,200 lives in the past two months in West Africa. We spoke with Dr. Carmen Valle, a Mental Health Specialist based in Sierra Leone, who is working with health professionals and ensuring psycho-social support to children orphaned by this terrible disease.

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CARE's response to the 2014 Gaza crisis

Report
CARE

CARE and its partner organization, Palestine Medical Relief Society (PMRS), visit local communities with four mobile health teams seeing more than 300 patients per day, providing basic health care to people living in affected communities by the ongoing violence. As of August 20, the teams had seen more 6800 patients, among them 3472 children and 159 pregnant women. 2000 households will receive hygiene kits.

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Cholera outbreak in Ghana kills at least 67 since June - health authorities

By Kwasi Kpodo

ACCRA, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others in an outbreak that highlights the health and sanitation challenges facing one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.

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Handicap International strengthens its relief to internally displaced people

August 22, 2014: Faced with the important displacements of Iraqi populations, who left their homes to seek security in the Kurdish region, Handicap International decided to launch an emergency response. From June 2014, the organization has been setting up teams with the mission to identify the specific needs of people with injuries or disabilities.

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Canada Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Vulnerable People in Ethiopia

Canada’s support to Médecins Sans Frontières is helping to improve access to emergency health care

August 22, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

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Massive immunization for measles, polio up

By: Easter Anne D. Doza

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Aug. 22 (PIA6) - - The Department of Health and the provincial and city health offices are set to conduct a month-long massive immunization campaign on measles and polio on September 1-30.