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Liberia: Ebola Outbreak Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 6, 13 – 19 October 2014

In October, WFP is targeting 272,000 beneficiaries across the country. Communities with high EVD cases are worst hit in terms of food insecurity, market closures, high food prices and disrupted cross-border movement.

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African Union: Seminar on protection of health services

Addis Ababa (ICRC) – The African Union (AU) Commission and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly held a seminar in Addis Ababa on 22 October on the protection of health services in situations of armed conflict and other emergencies. The adoption and reinforcement of national legislation was one of 20 recommendations adopted by the AU Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC).

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Cameroon + 5 others
UN to Aid Central Africa in Polio Vaccinations

Moki Edwin Kindzeka October 21, 2014 8:52 AM

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON— The United Nations said it is assisting six Central African countries in organizing synchronized vaccinations after Cameroon reported a fifth case of the wild polio virus in its territory.

Four wild polio virus cases have been reported in Cameroon's neighbor to the south, Equatorial Guinea, this year.

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ACAPS Briefing Note: Eastern Ukraine Conflict, 23 October 2014

Crisis Overview

  • Violence is ongoing in eastern Ukraine despite the ceasefire of 5 September. Casualties from heavy fighting and shelling incidents are reported, and between mid-September and mid-October, the number of registered internally displaced increased by over 140,000. Public services and infrastructure in the east, and the nationwide economy continue to be negatively affected.

  • If appropriate assistance is not provided in the coming months, the humantarian situation is likely to become more severe.

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Pakistan Pledges Renewed Focus on Polio as Infections Rise

Report
Voice of America

Ayaz Gul
October 23, 2014 1:21 AM

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan is the only country where poliovirus is still spreading fast. This year, 208 cases of paralysis were recorded, accounting for 85 percent of worldwide victims. The country is coming under extreme pressure to contain its infections and boost vaccinations, or face isolation.

The number of children paralyzed by polio in Pakistan this year is the highest since 2000, when authorities recorded 199 cases.

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Assessing and planning medical evacuation flights to Europe for patients with Ebola virus disease and people exposed to Ebola virus

Abstract

​The aim of this document is to guide decision-making when there is a perceived need for medical evacuation by air of an Ebola-infected or Ebola-exposed person from an Ebola-affected country to an EU Member State. The decision to evacuate must be based on:

• the likelihood of the person being infected with Ebola virus;

• the potential benefits of evacuation for the concerned person/patient;

• the risks associated with medical evacuation by air for the person/patient; and

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Monsoon 2014 Information Report 14 (as of 23-01-2014)

  • As per the latest flood alert from the Pakistan Meteorological Department, All the Major Rivers are flowing in their normal state of flow. According to the report of NDMA dated 15th Oct, 2014, Monsoon rains have affected 2.53 million caused 367 deaths and 673 people got injured in AJK, Punjab,KP and GB.

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2 Patna doctors serve flood-hit in Kashmir

Report
Times of India

Banjot Kaur Bhatia,TNN | Oct 19, 2014, 10.45 PM IST

PATNA: While help poured in from different corners of the world for the people of Jammu and Kashmir reeling under floods late last month, two Patna-based doctors also did their bit by offering medical help to people there.

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Promotion and protection of human rights, including ways and means to promote the human rights of migrants (A/69/277)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Report of the Secretary-General

Summary

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Two more polio cases confirmed

ISLAMABAD: Two new polio cases have been confirmed by the Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health, taking the total number of cases reported so far this year to 212.

An official of the Ministry of National Health Services said both cases were reported from Fata.

Mafia, the 12-month-old daughter of Mastak living in Mera Akakhel locality of Khyber Agency, is having onset of paralysis.

The second patient is a boy. Thirty-month-old Adil is a resident of Kalanga area of Khyber Agency.

DAWN Group of Newspapers:

© The DAWN Group of Newspapers

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Liberia + 2 others
Ebola: Prevention is possible but people are dying alone

When you listen to the experts, Ebola is both scarier and less scary than it initially appears.

It’s less scary because soap and chlorine can kill it, and the proper infrastructure and adequate information can protect against it.

It’s terrifying, because thousands without those simple advantages are dying, in terrible pain, of a disease that is highly infectious and has neither vaccine nor antidote.

“Numbers are doubling or tripling every few weeks”

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Khost & Paktika Update No. 35 - 22 October 2014

1. KHOST & PAKTIKA UPDATE

Displacement of refugees from North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agency into Khost and Paktika provinces continues. As the situation is prolonged, UNHCR with support from TLO conducted focus group discussions with both refugee families and host communities, including men and women to get a better understanding of the needs and priorities of the populations in Khost and Paktika.

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Ebola Increases Threat to Sierra Leone Pregnancies

Report
Voice of America

Adam Bailes

KAILAHUN, SIERRA LEONE— Sierra Leone has one of the world’s highest infant mortality rates, and the Ebola outbreak is likely to push it even higher. Health officials say almost all pregnant women infected with Ebola, along with their unborn babies, die from the disease.

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Ebola sleuths scour DR Congo jungle for source of outbreak

10/23/2014 - 03:24 GMT

by Kathy KATAYI

Medical sleuths are deep in the jungle of the DR Congo trying to track down the origins of the latest Ebola outbreak in the country.

It is a different strain than the one that has swept three west African countries this year, killing nearly 4,900, and its toll of 49 so far is extremely modest in comparison.

Their all-terrain vehicles bounce along gutted roads in the northwest of the vast country where the outbreak began in late July and has been contained.

Agence France-Presse:

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Earthquake rocks Mormouri again

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake, once more, rocked Mormouri region in the Iranian western province of Ilam at 17: 05 local time on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. After the earthquake, 8 teams from the Iranian Red Crescent including 24 relief and rescue workers were immediately despatched to the scene to assess the situation and help needy people.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Greening: British support to help more Sierra Leoneans

Justine Greening has visited Sierra Leone to see the early results of Britain's response to Ebola.

British assistance to tackle Ebola will increase over the coming weeks as existing commitments of UK-funded training and care facilities come on stream, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said today on the second and last day of her visit to Sierra Leone.

The numbers of health workers being trained, burial units in operation and local diagnosis and care units will all increase over the coming weeks as UK plans are rolled out.

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Liberia + 3 others
West Africa - Ebola Outbreak, Fact Sheet #4, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 (as of 22 October, 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf urged all countries to support the response to the EVD outbreak on October 19, citing the increasing economic impact and continued risk of the disease spreading to countries outside of those already affected

  • The East African Community plans to send 600 health workers—including 41 doctors—to EVD-affected countries in West Africa