Monrovia, Liberia | Saturday 3/28/2015 - 15:19 GMT
A Liberian woman who last week became the country's first Ebola patient in more than a month has died, a senior official said Saturday, adding that two new suspected cases had been identified.
The woman, who was diagnosed with Ebola on March 20, is the wife of a cured patient. The case was a setback to hopes that Liberia, once the worst-hit country, would be free of the epidemic soon.
In February, households in Liberia used the same number or fewer negative coping strategies than in January. Food security continues to improve thanks to the recent harvest and lower incidences of Ebola. However, the poorest households used more coping strategies than in January.
Negative coping strategies are most prevalent in the northern and western counties of Lofa, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount.
Monrovia, Liberia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has commended the chief administrator, chief medical officer, doctors and staff at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center for the service they’re rendering the Liberian people and said she was very impressed with the improvements being made at the referral and teaching hospital.
“I’m very impressed with the improvement made at this hospital. With the staff and their dedication - many of them that were so good during the period of fighting Ebola – they are doing a tremendous job,” she said.
From more than 900 miles away, Kpetermeni Siakor helped get volunteers to the right neighborhoods in his native Liberia during the height of the Ebola epidemic.
He did it with Ushahidi, crowdsourcing software that was developed in Kenya in 2008, when the country experienced a wave of post-election violence. The word Ushahidi means testimony in Swahili.
Monrovia, Liberia | | Wednesday 3/25/2015 - 22:32 GMT
A Liberian woman who last week became the country's first Ebola patient in more than one month has not passed on the infection to anyone else, a senior official said Wednesday.
The case was a setback to hopes that Liberia, once the worst Ebola-hit country, would soon be officially declared free of the deadly disease.
"The patient is in a stable condition. She is responding to treatment," said Francis Karteh, the head of Liberia's Ebola Incident Management Team.
Jeffery Manwean lives in Sehyikimpa in Nimba County, Liberia. He lost eight members of his family and was unable to harvest his crops because of Ebola. “My second daughter visited Ganta [Ebola hotspot] just south of the Guinea border for two weeks, against my advice. She returned sick and died four days later.” Jeffery participated in the burial ceremony. “I was quarantined and my other daughter came to visit and was quarantined together with eight members of my family including my mom.
No new confirmed cases were reported in the week to 15 March 2015. This is the third consecutive week in which no new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported. 15 March 2015 was day 12 since the final patient in Liberia had a second negative test for EVD: 42 days must elapse before transmission can be considered to have ended. Once the 42-day period has elapsed, continued vigilance will be required until both Sierra Leone and Guinea are also declared Ebola-free.
Walter Leung, Hong Kong branch of the Red Cross Society of China
Losing a family member is difficult, but when that loss is coupled with isolation and uncertainty about the future, a difficult time can become even more challenging.
Havana, Cuba | | Monday 3/23/2015 - 13:36 GMT |
A group of 150 Cuban health workers arrived home Monday from battling Ebola in West Africa, where efforts to contain the deadly virus appear to have stemmed the epidemic.
The official communist newspaper Granma wrote that 98 of the returning doctors and nurses had been working in Sierra Leone, while 52 had been assigned to Liberia.
All told, Cuba sent 256 doctors and nurses to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea -- the three countries hardest hit by Ebola.
By Anita Dullard, IFRC
As the streets of Bopolu city wake, Tenneh Kamara sits quietly, hands in her lap and voice low. Motorcycle taxis have already begun beeping their way through town and roosters crow as they roam nearby. The Liberia National Red Cross Society volunteers who have come to support Tenneh lean in close to hear her story.
While there have been no confirmed EVD cases in Liberia since 19 February, vigilance must remain high and there are several high-risk contacts, mainly in Monrovia.
Monitoring of reopened schools, and distribution of of IPC kits continues in each county.
Door-to-door visits, as part of ongoing social-mobilisation efforts, have now reached nearly 10,900 households across all 15 counties.
WASH partners face a deficit of USD 72.5 million required for programs targeting 2 million people.
3/23/2015 - 04:01 GMT
by Zoom Dosso
The people of Monrovia's Peace Island ghetto, refugees of civil war who found themselves suddenly overwhelmed and outmanoeuvred by the deadly Ebola epidemic, are used to life under siege.
Yet with Liberia emerging from the worst outbreak in history a year to the day since Ebola was first identified in west Africa, the slum-dwellers are facing an even deadlier threat -- the measles virus.
Monrovia, Liberia | | Saturday 3/21/2015 - 00:23 GMT
Liberia said on Friday a patient in the capital has tested positive for Ebola, more than a month after the last new case of the disease was registered.
The country that was hit hardest at the peak of the deadly epidemic has seen more than 4,000 deaths, but was at an advanced stage in its recovery and was expecting to be declared Ebola-free by mid-April.
ABIDJAN, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 38,000 Ivorian refugees living in Liberia have been unable to return home since July 2014, when Cote d’Ivoire closed its borders with Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak.
"The refugees, they themselves, just want to go home,” said Kassim Diagne, a representative of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Liberia.
Abidjan, 20 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Près de 38 000 réfugiés ivoiriens sont coincés au Liberia depuis que la Côte d’Ivoire a fermé sa frontière avec le Liberia, en juillet 2014, en raison de l’épidémie d’Ebola.
« Les réfugiés eux-mêmes veulent simplement rentrer chez eux », a dit Kassim Diagne, un représentant du Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies (HCR) au Liberia.
As Liberia continues to count down to the 42 days mark to be declared Ebola-free, since the last confirmed EVD case tested twice negative on March 03, 2015, the Ministry of Health of Liberia in collaboration with WHO and other partners is focusing on ensuring that healthcare workers remain safe as they continue to provide care. Today, the Acting Minister of Health, Dr Bernice Dahn launched a training package designed to empower health workers to remain safe while providing quality care to patients in health care facilities (HCFs) and in Ebola Treatment Units (ETU).
Benno Muchler, Prince Collins
March 18, 2015 10:26 AM
MONROVIA, LOFA COUNTY, LIBERIA— When the rate of Ebola infections in Liberia reached zero, the government decided to reopen its borders to its West African neighbors still fighting the disease.
Liberia has managed to get its outbreak under control. But many residents, especially those in northern Lofa County, which was devastated by Ebola, are concerned the deadly virus might make a comeback through visitors from neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, which are not yet Ebola free.
To improve connections between local media and Ebola responders Internews has created an updated and comprehensive list of all media outlets working in the country, including their contact information, their social media presence, their website and their reach.
Sentido homenaje en Monrovia a los médicos y enfermeros cubanos que combatieron el Ébola
Autor: Enrique Ubieta Gómez* | firstname.lastname@example.org 17 de marzo de 2015 01:03:38
MONROVIA.—La Brigada médica cubana Henry Reeve que enfrentaba el Ébola en Liberia ha concluido su trabajo. El Gobierno del país, y los representantes de la ONU y de la OMS en Monrovia, le rindieron homenaje ayer, 16 de marzo, en el teatro del Palm Spring Resort.