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22 Nov 2014 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's largest health rescue overseas has completed, with nine passenger planes and freighters uniting efforts in Ebola-hit countries, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

Between Aug. 10 to Nov. 16, the CAAC dispatched nine aircraft from domestic airlines including China Eastern Airlines and China Cargo Airlines to transport 282 medical staff and 767 tonnes of medical materials to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, CAAC deputy director Wang Zhiqing said on Wednesday.

22 Nov 2014 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11663

7318th Meeting (PM)

While reiterating grave concern about the unprecedented extent of the Ebola outbreak in Africa, the Security Council today noted the international community’s “considerable” efforts to scale up its coordinated response, which had led to important progress on the ground.

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There have been 15 351 reported Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with 5459 reported deaths.

  • Transmission remains intense in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

  • A total of 6 cases, all of whom have died, have been reported in Mali.

SUMMARY

21 Nov 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 5,420 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. One person in Spain and three people in the USA have recovered; one person in the USA has died. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

21 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

MONROVIA/DAKAR, 21 November 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola has crippled the provision of treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia, according to health workers and patients.

"We cannot get treatment normally now because of the outbreak of the Ebola disease in Liberia," said 36-year-old Jeff Thompson, from Monrovia's Jallah Town, who was diagnosed with HIV in 2011. "Our care centres are closed and all the health workers are scared to come to work."

There are an estimated 30,000 people living with HIV in Liberia, according to UNAIDS.

21 Nov 2014 description

11/21/2014 - 14:07 GMT

Germany has sent 400 motorbikes to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus.

The specially adapted fleet of bikes will be able to rush test samples to laboratories from remote areas, where patients can often wait nine days or more for results.

The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) said the motorbikes should cut transport delays to a day.

Experts say faster test results could help slow the spread of the epidemic, which has so far claimed more than 5,400 lives, according to the UN.

21 Nov 2014 description

Présentation

Le paludisme est une cause fréquente de fièvre dans les zones à forte transmission, et sa présentation clinique coïncide avec les premiers symptômes de la maladie à virus Ebola. Pour cette raison, l’efficacité de la riposte au virus Ebola en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone peut être encore optimisée par la mise en place de mesures ciblées visant à réduire le nombre des cas de fièvre imputables au paludisme.

21 Nov 2014 description

Kenema, Sierra Leone | AFP | vendredi 21/11/2014 - 13:00 GMT

Par Anne CHAON

C'est l'ennemi invisible, foudroyant, qui impose aux soignants des conditions de travail à la limite du supportable. Pour des humanitaires même endurcis par 20 ans de terrain, Ebola est une épreuve exténuante qui malmène les émotions.

21 Nov 2014 description

A total of 15,145 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in six affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal) up to the end of 16 November 2014. There have been 5,420 reported deaths.

21 Nov 2014 description

Initial Project Extended by Indigo Trust with Focus on Distribution of Local Language Information

DANBURY, CT USA – 7 November 2014. Translators without Borders (TWB) is pleased to announce funding from the Indigo Trust to extend its Ebola Words of Relief Extension project to more languages in West Africa. Additionally, the project will focus on distribution of the local language materials through various humanitarian networks and on the ground, ensuring that affected populations do receive critical information in their own languages.

21 Nov 2014 description

COMMON SERVICES IN GUINEA, LIBERIA AND SIERRA LEONE

Highlights

  • WFP has secured space on a regular ferry service in order to move humanitarian cargo quickly and easily between the main logistics hub in Monrovia close to Monrovia port and the Forward Logistics Base (FLB) at Harper port in Liberia.

21 Nov 2014 description

Liberia could experience negative GDP growth for the first time since the war ended 11 years ago unless urgent action is taken to stimulate the economy. Liberia was one of the fastest growing economies in the world last year, but recent projections show that the country’s growth could be going backwards in 2015.

21 Nov 2014 description
report International SOS

London

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International SOS has released a new mobile app designed to help share its medical and travel information on Ebola.

The free app is now available on iOS and Android devices. It will provide online, instant access to key sections from International SOS’ dedicated Ebola website.

21 Nov 2014 description

Posted by Carol Han on Thursday, November 20th 2014

In the Bomi Hills northwest of Monrovia, in an area that used to be the region’s iron and diamond mining center, it’s hard to miss the new “precious resource” that has become critical to Liberia’s fight against Ebola.

Four stark white tents gleam in the sun, the most prominent part of the new Ebola treatment unit (ETU) in Tubmanburg, which is the first ETU to be built and staffed by the United States in Liberia.