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MSF International President United Nations Special Briefing on Ebola

Statement of Dr. Joanne Liu , International President Médecins Sans Frontières

“Mr. Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Under-Secretary General, Madame Director General, Mr. Special Coordinator, Distinguished Delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you for this opportunity to brief member states on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it. Leaders are failing to come to grips with this transnational threat.

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South Sudan + 5 others
Featherstone: UK pledges further support for humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

Britain announces additional £30 million to help those affected by serious humanitarian crisis.

Britain will provide further life-saving support for the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone announced today during a visit to the country.

Since fighting broke out in December 2013, 1.3 million South Sudanese have become internally displaced and more than 400,000 have fled to neighbouring countries. There is also an impending risk of famine.

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Central African Republic: Civil Unrest Emergency Revised Appeal no. MDRCF017

This Revised Appeal seeks CHF 10,556,774 and to enable IFRC to support the Central African Red Cross to deliver support and assistance to 150,000 people with a focus on health, shelter, water and sanitation, disaster preparedness, risk reduction as well as support in the capacity building of the National Society. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this point of the evolving operation, and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments.

More details are available in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA).

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Liberia + 4 others
Kuwait's donation to combat Ebola in West Africa extoled

GENEVA, Aug 29 (KUNA) -- Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan expressed appreciation to the timely USD five million donation made by the state of Kuwait to combat the spread of Ebola virus in West Africa.

Kuwait News Agency:

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) © All rights reserved

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Liberia + 3 others
Travel restrictions could worsen Ebola crisis: experts

09/02/2014 14:31 GMT

by Olivier THIBAULT

PARIS, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - Travel restrictions could worsen West Africa's Ebola epidemic, limiting medical and food supplies and keeping out much-needed doctors, virologists said Tuesday as the disease continued its deadly spread.

The worst-ever outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever, which has hit Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Guinea the hardest, has seen airlines cancel flights and several countries barring people from affected nations.

Agence France-Presse:

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South Sudan: Complex Emergency Emergency Appeal 6 months update Appeal n°: MDRCF017

Summary:

The internal conflict that started in the capital city of Juba in South Sudan on 15 December, 2013 rapidly spread to other parts of the country, with worst affected states being Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

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World + 4 others
Global Bio-Disaster Response Urgently Needed In Ebola Fight

MSF Denounces International Inaction in Ebola-stricken African Countries; UK Government Must Deploy Specialised Medical Assets Now

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Virological analysis: no link between Ebola outbreaks in west Africa and Democratic Republic of Congo

Results from virus sequencing of samples from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were received last night. The virus is the Zaire strain, in a lineage most closely related to a virus from the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Kikwit, DRC.

The Zaire strain of the virus is indigenous in the country. Ebola first emerged in 1976 in almost simultaneous outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) and South Sudan (then Sudan).

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Update on the Ebola virus disease in DRC, No. 6 - 1st September 2014

Coordination

  • Response coordinated by Dr Benoît Kebela from the Ministry of Public Health and expert in Ebola who is on his way towards Lokolia (Equateur province), epicentre of the disease

  • Response supported by humanitarian UN agencies and NGOs

  • Communication of guidelines on appropriate conduct carried out by clinicians in the areas affected by the epidemics:

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Liberia + 2 others
WFP Steps Up Emergency Assistance And Logistical Support In Fight Against Ebola

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) is stepping up assistance to people impacted by Ebola in the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and increasing logistical support to the whole humanitarian community fighting the spread of the virus.

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Central African Republic Refugee Situation UNHCR External Regional Update #30, 23-29 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The newly-appointed interim Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), Mahamat Kamoun unveiled the new government on 22 August which includes 30 cabinet ministers who are now responsible to ensure the implementation of the cease-fire signed in Brazzaville in late July 2014.

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DMIC Situation Report on Countrywide Inundation - 02 September 2014

Highlights

RAINFALL AND RIVER SITUATION SUMMARY AS ON SEPTEMBER 02, 2014.

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Liberia + 4 others
Ebola Outbreak: Logistics Cluster Situation Update 1 September 2014

Situation Overview

  • Since the Ebola outbreak began, over 3,000 people have been suspected to have contracted the Ebola disease. The Ministries of Health in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone continue to report new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola Virus Disease. Ebola patients have also been identified in Nigeria and Senegal.

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Amid ongoing conflict, Iraq completes massive polio campaign for children with support of UNICEF and WHO [EN/AR]

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Erbil / Amman, 2 September 2014 – Despite the ongoing conflict, violence and displacement across Iraq, a mass polio immunization campaign succeeded in reaching 3.75 out of 4 million children under the age of 5.

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ERC delivers 20 trucks of relief assistance to Gazans

GAZA: The Emirates Red Crescent yesterday delivered a relief convey through the Rafah crossing to the Gaza Strip consisting of 20 trucks of various relief assistance for Gazans affected by recent events in the Strip.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Number of displaced inside Ukraine more than doubles since early August to 260,000

"If this crisis is not quickly stopped, it will have not only devastating humanitarian consequences but it also has the potential to destabilize the whole region," says UNHCR chief.

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Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis Issue No. 24 Period covered: 1 - 31 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC: UNFPA reaches 20,300 woman of reproductive age in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Al Raqa and Hama, Deraa, Tartus and Latakia with reproductive health and GBV services. Additionally 7,100 Iraqi refugees in Al-Hasakah receive dignity kits and reproductive health supplies to ensure safe deliveries. UNFPA facilitates training and awareness raising sessions on reproductive health and GBV for 42 community leaders and NGO staff in Sweida.

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Unclogging Uganda's rural sanitation crisis

Report
Al Jazeera

Waterborne diseases are rampant in E. African country riven by corruption, but local approaches may offer one solution

August 28, 2014 5:00AM ET

by Sam Loewenberg