19 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that there is reason to be “cautiously optimistic” about defeating the Ebola crisis in West Africa, as he made a series of visits to countries most-affected by the unprecedented outbreak, which has sickened some 18,000 people and killed close to 7,000 others throughout the region.
Category: West Africa
More than 6000 deaths caused by Ebola have now been reported in the six countries affected since spring 2014. As a humanitarian actor in two of the affected countries, DRC is implementing a strategy to ensure security and non-medical assistance.
Ever since the closure of the university due to the Ebola outbreak, Tony Harrison, sociology student at the University of Liberia, has been trying to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus in his country. He joined the team of active case finders to go from house to house to find out if sick people are being treated.
A team from the Montserrado Community Based Initiative Project (MCBIP) over the weekend took Ebola sensitization outreach to Muslim neighborhoods in West Point.
The team headed by Varlee Sanor, United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Field Associate on the MCBI project, held meetings with Muslims at the West Point Central Mosque.
The meeting was intended to solicit the views of members of the Muslim community and to seek possible ways of forming a common ground in battling the deadly Ebola virus disease in the country.
UNFPA donates two mobile lab buses to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to help combat the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Liberia.
According to the latest Ministry of Health Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) report, dated 13 December, the cumulative total of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of EVD in Liberia rose from 7,719 to 7,797 since 10 December.
Stamford, Conn. – Sept. 18, 2014 – Global pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has donated $1 million to support AmeriCares comprehensive response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. The gift will support the emergency response and global health organization’s efforts to contain the outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which has infected more than 18,000 people and killed nearly 7,000. AmeriCares Ebola response aims to expand treatment capacity, reduce transmission, restore access to essential health services and improve safety practices in health care facilities.
Serum therapy supplies are available in Monrovia and treatment has started at ELWA centre. It is expected to begin at various ETUs in the country shortly.
A FEWSNET Liberia trader survey released on 9 December has revealed that between 40 and 50 percent of traders are reporting reduced daily market functioning in the counties most affected by EVD. It raises above 50 percent in Lofa County.
Berne, Communiqué de presse, 28.11.2014
Ce vendredi, le Conseil fédéral a pris connaissance du fait que l’engagement de l’aide humanitaire de la Confédération sera poursuivi pour endiguer l’épidémie d’Ebola, mais que les moyens de transport aérien de l’armée ne seront pas engagés.
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, which has severely affected the country since the beginning of 2014, has seriously impacted on the agriculture and food sectors. The relatively high level of impact on food production, compared to Guinea and Sierra Leone, is primarily due to the much higher intensity of the disease transmission during critical periods of the crop cycle. The infections grew rapidly during the crop growth and harvesting periods.
Since November 2014, FEWS NET has worked with Mobile Accord (GeoPoll) to conduct SMS-based trader surveys in Liberia and Sierra Leone to gather information on the status of market activities and operating costs in areas made inaccessible by the Ebola epidemic. Liberia and Sierra Leone are FEWS NET remote monitoring countries. In remote monitoring countries, analysts typically work from a nearby regional office, relying on a network of partners for information.
December 16, 2014 / 63(Early Release);1-3
Aimee Summers, PhD1,2, Tolbert G. Nyenswah, MPH 3, Joel M. Montgomery, PhD2,4, John Neatherlin, MPH2,4, Jordan W. Tappero, MD2, (Author affiliations at end of text)
Donation of Bleach Will Support PCI’s Efforts to Treat and Prevent Spread of Ebola
SAN DIEGO, CA—PCI (Project Concern International) and Hasa, Inc. are joining forces to respond to the Ebola crisis in Liberia. Hasa is donating 350 cases of bleach to PCI, which will be used in medical and community care centers in Liberia as a sanitizer to prevent the spread of Ebola.
Source: Reuters - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:54 GMT
MONROVIA, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Scores of Ethiopian health workers arrived in Liberia on Tuesday to bolster the response to an Ebola outbreak that the government says it wants to stamp out before Christmas.
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The Ebola epidemic continues to spread in West Africa. Although there are signs of progress, this epidemic is far from over, and it is much too soon to slow down the response—zero cases is the goal.
The team collecting victims of Ebola – both living and dead – from the community in Monrovia face a challenging task in the fight against Ebola
The phone rings. There is a dead body in the neighbourhood and, as with every death in the city of Monrovia at the moment, Ebola is the suspect.