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Overcoming Ebola stigma takes time

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IRIN

FREETOWN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 31 October 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola survivors in Liberia and Sierra Leone are facing mixed reactions as they return home after contracting the deadly virus. While some have been welcomed back into their communities, most are facing discrimination and stigmatization, or have even been shunned.

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Ebola response: Belgium-US coordination

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, the Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health Maggie De Block and Ebola coordinator Dr. Erika Vlieghe met on Thursday 30 October with Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations.

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UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 30 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There have been 13,703 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with 4,920 deaths, up to the end of 27 October.

  • WHO indicated a downward turn in the number of infections, while cautioning it was premature to draw conclusions from that development.

  • US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power concluded her visit to west Africa in Ghana, where she met with SRSG Banbury in UNMEER headquarters in Accra.

Key Political and Economic Developments

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UNESCO Trains Community Radio Broadcasters in Liberia on Ebola Communication

Abuja, 29 October: UNESCO has delivered a two-day training course on Ebola communication to 31 community radio broadcasters in Gbarnga, Liberia. Trainers were drawn from UNICEF, WHO, IREX and the Ministry of Health. They focussed on development of health messages and reporting about the disease; dealing with myths and misconceptions; reporting success stories to give hope to the population; and dealing with stigmatization - especially of those who have been successfully treated.

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Finland to send protective equipment to Ebola-affected countries

The Finnish Ministry of the Interior will have 325,000 protective masks delivered to Ebola-affected countries through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The masks are provided by the National Emergency Supply Agency.

The protective masks, which have been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), are due to arrive in the Netherlands early next week. They are intended for use by local health staff and international humanitarian workers in Ebola-affected countries.

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2.5m people reached

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) member agencies are scaling up their aid efforts in West Africa where they have already helped over 2.5 million people affected by the Ebola crisis.

The urgent appeal for funds is essential to help member agencies intensify their efforts to stop the explosive spread of the disease and support those affected.

DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed said:

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US envoy sees 'first tangible signs' Ebola will be beaten

10/30/2014 - 15:56 GMT

Ebola-hit west Africa is showing "the first tangible signs" that the deadly virus will be beaten, the US envoy to the UN said Thursday after touring the region.

Samantha Power said the international community must still do much more to fight a months-long epidemic that has claimed around 5,000 lives, almost all of them in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

"We stand at a historic juncture. We face the greatest public health crisis ever," Power told a gathering in Brussels sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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Liberia: Ebola Outbreak Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 7, 20 - 26 October 2014

Highlights

  • Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) has switched to a more thorough EVD reporting system more focusing on daily trends rather than cumulative totals.

  • The new system has shown more cases and a drop in death toll.

  • Stigmatisation of EVD-affected families, burial teams or community health workers still ongoing.

  • Difficult road transportation continues to hobble distribution of relief supplies.

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World Bank Group Pledges Additional $100 million to Speed New Health Workers to Ebola-stricken Countries

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World Bank

The additional funding will speed up deployment of foreign health workers to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The UN estimates that 5,000 international medical, training and support personnel are needed to respond to the outbreak.

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WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 29 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There have been 13 703 EVD cases, with 4 920 deaths, up to the end of 27 October.

  • All districts in Liberia and Sierra Leone are now affected.

  • Thursday 30 October marks 30 days since the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response plan was implemented.

  • Mali reported its first case on 23 October.

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WFP West Africa Ebola Response Situation Report #10, 29 October 2014

WFP survey shows that Forest Guinea - the part of the country that has been most affected by the outbreak - is experiencing the worst rates of food insecurity .

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Encounters during the Ebola awareness campaign

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Plan

Young people are taking action across West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak. Saatah, aged 16, from Lofa County, Liberia, is among the young Plan volunteers helping affected communities to control the spread of the disease.

27 October 2014: I live in a community in Liberia not too far from the border where Ebola started. People die on a daily basis. We need help to fight Ebola but the young people can help too. I have joined a group and radio station to do awareness raising.

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DEC launches unprecedented Ebola Crisis Appeal

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has announced today that it will launch an appeal for the Ebola Crisis in West Africa. This is the first time in its 50 year history that the DEC has appealed in response to a disease outbreak.

Appeals will be made by all the main UK broadcasters on Thursday but donations are already being taken by the DEC online at www.dec.org.uk and via its 24 donation hotline 0370 60 60 900.

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Signs of Ebola decline in Liberia offer ‘glimmer of hope’ – UN

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UN News Service

29 October 2014 – The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a plateau in lab-reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, while cautioning against drawing premature conclusions.