Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | Tuesday 1/27/2015 - 04:25 GMT
Liberia's president on Monday announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus's worst outbreak in history, as the disease's spread has slowed in the country.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned Liberians that while they could not yet afford to relax, the country had made significant progress in the fight against Ebola, and thanked states who helped Monrovia combat the virus.
Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Monday 26/1/2015 - 16:44 GMT
Liberia, once the country worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, hopes to have no new cases by the end of next month, a government minister said on Monday.
The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen the west African nation and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone register almost 9,000 deaths in a year.
But according to the latest figures, the number of registered cases in Liberia is now just down to five against a peak of more than 300 a week in August and September.
By Alice Urban, Global Communities
Voinjama, Liberia – As Liberia continues to make gains in the fight against Ebola, Global Communities is partnering with traditional leaders to hunt down remaining infection threats in one of the most secretive institutions in the country.
1/24/2015 - 14:43 GMT
by Zoom Dosso
The United Nations said on Saturday Liberia was dealing with just five remaining cases of Ebola, in the clearest sign yet that the country is nearing the end of the outbreak.
The worst outbreak of the virus in history has seen the west African nation and its neighbours Guinea and Sierra Leone register almost 9,000 deaths in a year, although experts believe the real toll could be far higher.
· According to the Ministry of Health, as of 18 January, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia stood at 8,468. Case incidence has declined from a peak of over 300 new confirmed cases per week in August and September 2014 to 8 confirmed cases in the 7 days to 18 January 2015.
Authorities have lifted an emergency order for the bodies of all Ebola victims to cremated. But the unpopular practice – alien to west Africa – leaves a legacy of stigma and grief
Brian Lomax, 26, sleeps on a pile of bones – the remains of cremated Ebola victims whose relatives may never get the chance to collect.
He was hounded out of his community by neighbours who feared his work at the Margibi crematorium in Boys Town, Lower Margibi county, was helping to spread the disease rather than contain it. This is the only place he has left to go.
Stopping Ebola requires everyone doing their part.
Finnish Church Aid (FCA) has signed a significant contract with US government agency USAID and British NGO Mercy Corps. The aim is to improve infection prevention in Liberia, a country still fighting Ebola virus disease.
Seated under a mango tree in the middle of a sandy yard with four surrounding houses during a sunny afternoon in the New Kru Town Community, Josephine Dolley, 32, explains how her traumatic ordeal started in August 2014. Josephine said it all started on 7th August when one of her aunts, now deceased, returned from Caldwell after attending the memorial rituals of her brother who community members perceived to have died from the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD). The brother reportedly died and his corpse was not collected by the burial team after being notified by the family.
By André Stelder
The days when Liberia’s street were empty are over. At the height of the Ebola epidemic, only the blare of sirens cut the quiet as ambulances rushed to the latest suspected case.
In March 2014, a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever started in Guinea. The outbreak subsequently spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal.
In Liberia, the first epidemic began on 22 March and ended in April, 2014 and mainly affected two counties. The last case was confirmed on 10 April, 2014. Cumulatively, six cases were confirmed positive of the virus and all died at the time (Case Fatality Rate [CFR] of 100%).
A team of United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) under the UNDP Montserrado Community Based Initiative (MCBI) project has reminded Muslim clerics in the Clara Town Community in District 16 in Montserrado County, to continue teaching their congregation about Ebola preventive measures despite the decline in new cases.
UNV Field Associate Varlee Sanor said despite the considerable drop in cases of the Ebola virus disease in Liberia, the Imams should avoid complacency and keep the various measures in place at their homes and places of worship.
19 January 2015 – The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) today welcomed encouraging statistics recently released by Liberia’s Minister of health and Social Welfare that reported that 12 of the country’s 15 counties have had no new cases within the past seven days.
The three regions that are still reporting new cases in Liberia include Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Montserrado, a UN spokesman told reporters in New York this afternoon.
• Another confirmed case from St. Paul’s Bridge Community, Zone 100, Montserrado County. This case linked to the same female source case was however was never listed as contact.
The Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen has urged residents of New Kru Town to keep focus on lessons learnt and the successes that have been achieved in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia.
Dr. Kamaluddeen said the people of New Kru Town have exhibited the virtues of hard work, togetherness and commitment among community members in overcoming challenges and achieving positive results in the fight against the Ebola Disease in the Country.
• A Health Care Worker (hygienist) from the Island Clinic ETU was tested positive. Initial investigation showed that he may have being infected while assisting a case that has since died. He is currently at MOD1 awaiting transfer to MMU.
In a bid to empower market women who once sold dry meat prior Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) continues its cash transfer assistance to more than 70 dry meat sellers in Monrovia.
The payment was the second in a series of cash transfer assistance to dry meat sellers to help them settle debts and other fees they may have incurred following the placement of the ban on the commodity in Liberia. The Government of Liberia banned the sale of dry meat in Liberia following the Ebola outbreak.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has held talks with a United Nations Ebola Assessment delegation which include representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank (WB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Commission (EC).
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped the Liberian government pay thousands of Ebola health workers and health- care providers. Over $1 million dollars in cash payments were distributed across the country in January alone. The payment process began on January 5, 2015 around the Country.
The workers were hired at the height of the crisis to help run treatment centres, help communities prevent transmission and track people that have had contact with victims. Many worked tirelessly without pay for months as the country struggled to cope with the epidemic.