Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:00 GMT
Author: Kieran Guilbert
MONTSERRADO, Liberia, Feb 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting in a dusty schoolyard in rural Liberia, mental health clinician Dickson Korfeh watches as pupils dance, sing and play games in their break, and focuses on those who do not take part.
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The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 570th meeting held on 21 January 2016, adopted the following decision on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the three most affected countries in West Africa, namely, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone:
Improving food availability with the recent average to above-average harvests
2015/16 rice production levels in Liberia were average to above average, with recent official government reports suggesting that Lofa County, a surplus rice-producing zone where 2014 farming activities were hindered by the Ebola outbreak, experienced a bumper harvest this year. Due to favorable harvests, rice stocks are expected to last longer than they did last year, improving food availability at the household level.
By Stephen Farshing, Global Communities
MARGIBI COUNTY, LIBERIA – After more than one year and nearly 3,000 burials conducted, Global Communities formally transferred the management and operations of Disco Hill to the Liberian Ministry of Health on January 19th in a ceremony held at the burial site. In attendance were government representatives, workers of Disco Hill, traditional leaders, USAID and other implementing partners.
GoSL and partners launch response to two new confirmed EVD cases in Sierra Leone
WHO declares end to EVD outbreak in Guinea
Liberia commemorates end to most recent EVD outbreak; response actors transition to surveillance activities
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:00 GMT
Author: Kieran Guilbert
MONTSERRADO, Liberia, Jan 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Clinging to the corpses of her parents, the cries of the four-year-old girl echoed around the house as Ezekiel Kalapelee and his colleagues entered the building in the middle of the night.
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Bruxelles, le 14 janvier 2016
L'Organisation mondiale pour la Santé a annoncé que transmission du virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest a pris fin, alors que le Libéria connait aujourd'hui son 42ème jour sans nouveaux cas – une importante date que la Guinée et le Sierra Leone voisins ont franchi en Novembre et en Décembre dernier.
La pire épidémie d'Ebola enregistrée jusqu'ici a eu un bilan humain tragique, avec 11 300 morts sur les 28 600 cas déclarés depuis l'annonce de l'épidémie.
Geneva, 14 January 2016 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has welcomed today’s announcement of the end of Ebola virus transmission in Liberia, and the effective end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the IFRC said the role of local Red Cross volunteers and affected communities themselves in bringing the outbreak to an end could not be underestimated:
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Farming activities and food markets have recovered significantly across the country
- Preliminary estimates for 2015 harvest indicate that rice production increased by 11 percent compared to previous year
- Number of food insecure people estimated at about 17 000
An above-average rice harvest was gathered in 2015
By EJ Hogendoorn
Today the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has formally ended.
At its height in mid-2014, there were concerns social order in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could collapse. International mobilisation, notably after the UN Security Council declared the epidemic "a threat to peace and security" on 18 September, brought an extensive intervention and steady progress in reducing the virus' spread.
• 14 January marks the end of the 42nd day Ebola case-free period in Liberia, which implies that Liberia is now officially Ebola-free again.
• As Sierra Leone and Guinea have already recently been declared Ebola-free, this means that the West Africa Ebola epidemic is now technically over. However, each country will embark on a 90 day period of heightened vigilance whereby, for example, the safe burial and testing of suspicious cases will continue.
• Liberia: The last patient was declared negative on 4 December. The countdown has started again and should be over 14 January.
• Guinea: Guinea was declared free of Ebola on 28 December. MSF has now opened an Ebola clinic for survivors. Since March 2014 (start of the epidemic), MSF teams treated 10,376 patients in West Africa including 3,804 patients in Guinea. The authorities reported that 110 health workers died from the virus in the country.
14 JANVIER 2016 | LIBÉRIA - L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a déclaré aujourd’hui la fin de la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola la plus récente au Libéria, précisant qu’il a été mis fin à toutes les chaînes de transmission connues en Afrique de l’Ouest. Mais l’Organisation déclare également que son travail n’est pas terminé, des résurgences étant attendues, et que des systèmes de surveillance et d’intervention solides seront déterminants au cours des mois à venir.
CONAKRY/MONROVIA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 14 January 2016 – Nearly 23,000 children who lost one or both parents or their primary caregivers to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will continue to need care and support, UNICEF said as it welcomed the declaration that there are no more cases of the disease in West Africa.
Le Secrétaire général salue l'annonce faite par l'Organisation mondiale de la santé le 14 janvier de la fin de la transmission du virus Ebola au Libéria. Pour la première fois depuis que cette flambée dévastatrice a commencé, toutes les chaînes de transmission connues du virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest ont été rompues et aucun nouveau cas n'a été signalé depuis la fin novembre.
New York, 14 January 2016
The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the World Health Organization on 14 January marking the end of Ebola transmission in Liberia. For the first time since this devastating outbreak began, all known chains of transmission of Ebola in West Africa have been stopped and no new cases have been reported since the end of November.
13 janvier 2016 – A l'occasion d'une réunion de l'Assemblée générale des Nations Unies sur l'épidémie d'Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest, le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, s'est félicité des efforts collectifs qui ont permis de mettre fin à la transmission du virus Ebola dans la région.
« Pour la première fois depuis que l'épidémie a débuté, la région est sur le point d'être déclarée exempte de la transmission d'Ebola », a souligné M. Ban dans un discours devant les Etats membres.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola transmissions in West Africa have come to an end for the moment, as Liberia marks today 42 days without new Ebola cases – an important landmark that neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone crossed last November and December.
The largest Ebola epidemic on record has taken a tragic toll on life, with 11 300 deaths out of 28 600 cases since its declaration in March 2014, according to WHO.
14 January, 2016. As Liberia today celebrates 42 days without any new Ebola infections - effectively marking the end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls on the global health community to draw on lessons learnt in order to be better prepared for future similar outbreaks.
GENEVA/14 January 2016 - Today the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Liberia and says all known chains of transmission have been stopped in West Africa. But the Organization says the job is not over, more flare-ups are expected and that strong surveillance and response systems will be critical in the months to come.