No new confirmed cases reported since 20 March 2015.
Posted by Carol Han
On March 19, a 44-year-old woman walked into the emergency room of Monrovia’s Redemption Hospital displaying Ebola-like symptoms. Hospital staff quickly isolated the patient and safely transported her to an Ebola treatment center. She would later test positive, becoming the first confirmed Ebola patient in Liberia after almost three weeks without a single case.
Posted by Clara Wagner
In Liberia, life will never be the same. The lost lives will never be forgotten. Much work remains in not just defeating the Ebola virus but making sure it does not return. As the number of Ebola cases gets close to zero, new stories, signs of hope and efforts to rebuild are emerging. Citizens are regrouping, government services are emerging from a standstill and eyes are looking to the future.
By André Stelder| 17 April 2015
Last week I travelled to Harper in Maryland County in Liberia. It’s quite an adventure.
Not so much because of the distance, which as the crow flies is about a few hundred kilometers. But as there is no direct road, first you go north to the Guinea border, then east and south again to the coast. Because of the bad roads, it’s two days there and two days back.
Maryland has never really recovered from the war, partly due to the lack of roads.
The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented. Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are in the bottom ten countries in the Human Development Index, but all had made gains in child survival prior to the outbreak. With closure of healthcare facilities and the loss of health workers secondary to the outbreak, the region risks reversing survival gains achieved in maternal and newborn health.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:52 GMT
Author: Astrid Zweynert
OXFORD, England, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Treating trauma and the mental health issues of Ebola survivors is one of the many challenges facing "exhausted" Liberia, a senior health ministry official said.
Impact of the Ebola Crisis
Since March of 2014, Liberia has been plagued by an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly Eloba Virus Disease (EVD). The epidemic has claimed the lives of several of our citizens particularly our health workers who are on the frontline to contain disease. As of April 8, 2015, the cumulative cases reported include suspected cases 5,088; probable cases, 1,879; confirmed cases, 3,150; and deaths, 4,466. This brings the total cumulative caseload to 10,172.
Today the international medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hands over the ELWA 3 Ebola management center in Monrovia to the Liberian Ministry of Health/IMS. The Ministry will run the facility as a temporary Ebola management center.
LATEST KEY FINDINGS
- Wage workers and the rural self-employed continue to return to work
- The use of public services, such as schools and health facilities, appears to be rebounding
- Food insecurity remains high, but has seen significant improvement in rural areas.
Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | Thursday 4/16/2015 - 03:40 GMT
by Zoom DOSSO
Estella Verdier keeps vigil by her sick four-month-old grandson's hospital bed, praying for his recovery but placing her faith in the earthly healing powers of Liberia's first ever children's hospital.
The 46-bed unit, just opened in Monrovia by Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), is part of the country's response to the challenge of repairing its wrecked health service as it emerges from the nightmare of Ebola.
For over a month now, West Point residents have been landing a hand in repairing the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi School, the only public school in the overpopulated township. Both skilled and unskilled volunteers have been working in shifts to ensure that the school renovations are completed by the deadline.
by Alice Urban
Liberia’s main border crossings officially opened February 22, bringing to an end six months of prohibited international foot and vehicle traffic put in place by the Ebola crisis. But the actual opening of the borders did not happen as one would have expected.
At Bo Waterside—a small town on the Liberia side of the Mano River which divides Liberia and Sierra Leone—people didn’t see or hear trucks and taxis sputtering legally across the border for the first time since August. Instead, sounds of hammering rang through the air.
No new confirmed cases were reported from Liberia in the past week.
Liberia succeeds in fighting Ebola with local, sector response
H. E. Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia,
H. E. Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, Acting Minister of Health and Social Welfare,
Hon. Mr. B. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Federal Republic of Germany has committed to provide more support to Liberia including the attraction of private investments that will help the country in its post Ebola recovery era.
German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Muller, who led a 30-member German delegation to Liberia, made the commitment during a press stakeout jointly held with the Liberian Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan over the weekend at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill.
When the Ebola virus entered Liberia last March in Lofa County before rapidly spreading to other parts of the country in August, every sector of the country, particularly the Health Care sector became affected.
Health workers, on the frontline of the battle against Ebola, were particularly vulnerable. Many contracted the virus by coming into contact with the body fluids of infected patients.
Because Liberia has made significant progress in the fight against the disease, the Ministry of Health is preparing for the full resumption of health delivery services.
Monrovia, 10 April 2015 - During the past fifteen years, Liberia has gone through three complex emergencies, two civil wars and currently the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. These emergencies disrupted the country’s economy and caused the near collapse of the health sector. The Government and partners have initiated a number of measures to rehabilitate and reconstruct the country and in particular to restore access to basic health services.
Ambassador Walter Lindner, Special Representative of the Federal Government for the Fight against Ebola, accompanied by Health Minister Gröhe and Development Minister Müller, has travelled to the region that has been worst affected by Ebola. An additional 200 million euro are to be made available through a special Federal Government aid programme.