EMERGENCY EVD PROTECTION CROSS BORDER LIBERIA-GUINEA
Since January 2015, the ECHO funded DRC Liberia Guinea Cross Border Emergency EVD project has been operational in 50 border communities and 6 urban centres in Nimba County. The Liberian Emergency Team carries out activities to empower EVD survivors across Nimba County through integrated protection measures such as economic reintegration, individual protection assistance (IPA) and cash transfer.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has conducted a three-day National Adaptation Plan (NAP) training in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
The training among other things; enhanced the participants’ understanding of the NAP process according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technical Guidelines and discussed lessons learnt from ongoing climate mainstreaming and relevant climate change initiatives in Liberia.
Zwedru, Liberia | AFP | Sunday 5/24/2015 - 02:57 GMT
by Zoom Dosso
In February last year a gang of men with machetes ambushed two villages in western Ivory Coast, disembowelling a soldier and pulling out most of his organs before slaying three of his colleagues.
The attack marked the brutal resumption of a campaign of violence blamed on militants crossing from Liberia that has displaced thousands and claimed dozens of lives in the border area.
Marking the Closure of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Tubmanburg
Three weeks after the IOM-managed Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Tubmanburg closed to patients, Bomi County local government leaders, traditional chiefs, women and religious leaders, partners, ETU staff and community members gathered to celebrate the closing. The now fully decontaminated ‘red zone’ hosted the ceremony that also brought together all the ETU’s Ebola survivors.
The West Africa Ebola virus epidemic now appears to be coming to an end. In the proposed model, we simulate changes in population behavior that help to explain the observed transmission dynamics. We introduce an EVD transmission model accompanied by a model of social mobilization. The model was fit to Lofa County, Liberia through October 2014, using weekly counts of new cases reported by the US CDC.
The Governments of the Republic of Liberia and Japan have signed a Non-Project Grant Aid valued at 4.2 Million United States Dollars for economic and social development at a ceremony held on Monday, May 18, 2015 in the conference room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Acting Foreign Minister Hon. B. Elias Shoniyin signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia while Ambassador Kaoru Yoshimura signed on behalf of the Japanese Government.
Tolbert Nyenswah 1, Mosoka Fallah 1, Sonpon Sieh 1, Karsor Kollie 1, Moses Badio 1, Alvin Gray 1, Priscilla Dilah 1, Marnijina Shannon 1, Stanley Duwor 1, Chikwe Ihekweazu 2, Thierry Cordier-Lasalle 2, Shivam A. Shinde 2, Esther Hamblion 2, Gloria Davies-Wayne 2, Murugan Ratnesh 2, Christopher Dye 2, Jonathan S. Yoder3, Peter McElroy 3, Brooke Hoots 3, Athalia Christie 3, John Vertefeuille 3, Sonja J. Olsen 3, A. Scott Laney 3, Joyce J. Neal 3, Thomas R. Navin 3, Stewart Coulter 3, Paran Pordell 3, Terrence Lo 3, Carl Kinkade 3, Frank Mahoney 3 (Author affiliations at end of text)
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On 9 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) made a remarkable announcement. After 14 months and 4 573 deaths, Liberia was formally declared to be free from Ebola.
The announcement came after Liberia successfully – albeit nervously – waited 42 days without any new cases.
BY PATRICK MOSER ON 12 MAY 2015
A few days before Liberia was officially declared free of Ebola transmission – on May 9, 2015 – I had a chance to chat to Monrovia Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo, an extraordinarily energetic woman, who took the battle against Ebola personally and into the hearts of local communities.
Data are based on official information reported by the Liberian health ministry up to 3 May 2015. These numbers are subject to change due to on-going reclassification, retrospective investigation and availability of laboratory results.
No new confirmed cases were reported since 20 March 2015.
Press Release No. 15/212
May 12, 2015
A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Corinne Deléchat, visited Monrovia from April 25 to May 8, 2015 to conduct the fourth review of the government’s economic program supported by the IMF under an Extended Credit Facility (ECF)1 arrangement, which was approved by the IMF Executive Board in November 2012. At the end of the visit, Ms. Deléchat issued the following statement:
Liberia - After 42 days with no new Ebola cases reported in Liberia, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the end of the current outbreak. IOM commends at this important moment the people of Liberia, health workers, international partners and local leaders at the helm of the successful Ebola response efforts.
MONROVIA, Liberia/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Two days ago, Liberia was declared Ebola-free, after the tragic 13-month-long outbreak saw the deaths of nearly 5,000 people. But while the outbreak is now officially over, health systems remain disrupted, leaving many pregnant women and new mothers without access to proper maternal health care.
MONROVIA, Liberia 9 May 2015 – Welcoming Liberia’s announcement today that it has reached zero Ebola cases, UNICEF commended the critical role communities have played in beating back the epidemic in that country. The children’s agency went on to warn, however, that the threat posed to the region by the deadly virus will not disappear until there is no longer active transmission in affected neighbouring countries.
Today, 9 May 2015, marks 42 days since the last confirmed case of Ebola in Liberia was safely buried — the period of time set by WHO to declare an outbreak over. WHO now considers Liberia free of Ebola transmission. Reaching this milestone is a testament to the strong leadership and coordination of Liberian President and the Liberian Government, the determination and vigilance of Liberian communities, the extensive support of global partners, and the tireless and heroic work of local and international health teams.
Monrovia, 09 May 2015 - The Liberia National Red Cross Society and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) join partner organizations in celebrating today’s announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Liberian Government that Liberia is officially free of the Ebola virus disease.
Today, 9 May 2015, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission. Forty-two days have passed since the last laboratory-confirmed case was buried on 28 March. The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia is over.
Interruption of transmission is a monumental achievement for a country that reported the highest number of deaths in the largest, longest, and most complex outbreak since Ebola first emerged in 1976. At the peak of transmission, which occurred during August and September 2014, the country was reporting from 300 to 400 new cases every week.
Medical organisation warns that outbreak is not yet over and cross-border surveillance must continue
London/Monrovia 9 May 2015 – After 42 days with no recorded cases of Ebola, Liberia has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) – news which has been welcomed by international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). However, MSF warns that, with new cases of Ebola still being recorded in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, the outbreak is not over yet.