Satta Sumo is one of the hundreds of thousands of people across Liberia still struggling to recover after she lost both her husband and her economic livelihood to the Ebola crisis. But as a beneficiary of Mercy Corp’s Economic Recovery from Ebola for Liberia (EREL) funded by USAID/Food for Peace, this 35-year-old mother of two has been able to make critical gains in re-establishing her farm, rebuilding her life and contributing to the overall recovery of Liberia’s economy.
Monrovia, Liberia - A 3-member delegation of West Pointers who have gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to raise concerns about their relocation on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 met with President Sirleaf in Monrovia.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader urged the West Point Erosion victims to work closely with the Monrovia City Corporation, Clara Doe and the Commissioner of West Point, Sampson Nyan to fast-track the various processes being initiated to ensure their relocation.
Guinea confirms seven EVD cases between March 17 and April 6
Liberia confirms three EVD cases since March 31; genetic sequencing identifies link to Guinea cluster
USG partners respond to new EVD cases in Guinea and Liberia
USAID/OFDA provides $3 million for community-level and integrated disease surveillance in Sierra Leone
Monrovia (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has given a four-day training course in international humanitarian law (IHL) to 24 junior and senior Liberian army officers. The course, which was held at the Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks outside Monrovia, was organized by the ICRC and the office of the chief of training of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Update from the field
7 April 2016
WHO and Ministry of Health teams in Guinea and Liberia have established epidemiological links between new Ebola cases in Liberia and a current flare-up of Ebola in neighbouring Guinea following intensified case investigations and contact tracing.
IOM is scaling up its border surveillance efforts in response to the Ebola flare-ups in Guinea and Liberia. Additional support to 25 points of entry along the Guinea-Liberia border will include ‘Infection Prevention and Control’ supplies and training to screeners.
Liberia, a small country of 4 million inhabitants located in West Africa, is on the verge of undergoing one of the most transformational moments in its agricultural history.
With 10% of its adult population having subscribed to mobile money accounts, Liberia can boast of soon being able to double this figure thanks to the Liberian Agriculture Transformation Agenda (LATA), launched by the Government of Liberia with the support of the African Development Bank.
Highlights during the reporting week
Outbreak investigations ongoing in affected counties for measles and Lassa fever
Polio vaccination campaign ongoing for all 15 counties
Heightening surveillance for EVD is ongoing at counties bordering with Guinea due to the recent outbreak in N'Zerekore prefecture.
Measles vaccination ongoing for age groups 9-23 months in Montserrado county
On 31 March 2016, a new case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was reported in a suburb of Liberia’s capital Monrovia, 77 days into the 90 day active surveillance period. The last case was reported on 3 December 2015. UNICEF pre-positioned stocks with the County Health Team and additional WASH material have been dispatched and are being used in the response. UNICEF supported social mobilization personnel have been deployed to engage with community leaders, and raise awareness on preventing the spread of EVD in the affected community.
Update from the field
4 April 2016
WHO and Ministry of Health teams in Liberia and Guinea are investigating the origins of transmission in Liberia’s latest flare-up after learning that a woman who died from Ebola in Liberia last week had recently travelled from Guinea with her three young children.
Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | Saturday 4/2/2016 - 18:13 GMT
A woman who died of Ebola this week in Liberia, months after it was declared Ebola-free, had travelled to Guinea with her three children, one of whom is also sick, the health ministry said Sunday.
The 30-year-old woman died of the deadly virus Thursday while being transferred to hospital in the capital Monrovia, more than two months after the epidemic had been declared over in the country.
Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | dimanche 03/04/2016 - 15:55 GMT
La nouvelle victime d'Ebola au Liberia, une femme décédée, était venue de Guinée voisine avec ses trois enfants, dont un a été testé positif au virus et était hospitalisé, a-t-on appris dimanche auprès du ministère libérien de la Santé.
Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | Saturday 4/2/2016 - 18:02 GMT
Liberian authorities on Saturday called for calm following the discovery of a fresh case of the deadly Ebola virus, more than two months after the epidemic had been declared over in the country.
The latest victim was a 30-year-old woman who died on Thursday while being transferred to hospital in the capital Monrovia
The country's health ministry put out a statement urging citizens "not to panic in the wake of the new Ebola case"
Highlights during the reporting week
•Fifteen out of eighteen samples sent to the laboratory this week were confirmed positive for measles.
Lab results confirm a new case of Ebola virus disease in Liberia — a 30-year-old woman who died yesterday afternoon while being transferred to a hospital in the capital Monrovia.
Liberia’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partner agencies immediately sent a team to the community outside Monrovia where the woman lived and the clinic where she was being treated to begin case investigation and identification of individuals who may have been in contact with her.
In the lead up to World Water Day, a new programme to strengthen the capacity of local communities in Liberia to improve sanitation highlights the importance of access to clean water.
MONROVIA, Liberia (ILO News) – David Wolo worries about finding fresh water for his family. “The water from the pipes is not good, because these pipes are outdated… you can see the sediment in the water… you can see all sorts of things in it.”
Due to off-season harvests of local vegetables, corn, and cassava, and ongoing fishing activities, these products are becoming increasingly available on markets with this trend expected to continue through June. In addition to improving food availability, the sale of these products will increase incomes for many farming households. Additionally, many poor agricultural laborers are finding opportunities brushing, clearing, and preparing lands for upcoming planting activities relating to the main 2016 agricultural season.
As many as 1 in 5 Liberians suffer a mild to moderate mental disorder, according to WHO estimates, yet the country has only one registered psychiatrist and, until recently, the vast majority of health workers had a limited understanding of mental illness.
This is changing however, as WHO and partners are helping to equip health workers across the country with the skills to provide front-line care for people with mental illness.
MONROVIA, 21 March 2016 --- New research conducted by Mercy Corps and IREX finds that community radio provides a critical source of information for the people of Liberia, including in some of the country’s most remote rural areas.
86% of Liberia’s population listen to radio and most prefer community to national radio for news and information. This is because it features local stories, local voices and dialects, the study finds.
By Moustapha Diallo, IFRC
On a warm and beautiful Sunday in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, beaches are crowded and busy. The ocean roars while children play football and others dance to the beat of local music. Since the Ebola outbreak was declared over, for a third time in January 2016, curfews have been lifted.
For this small west African country which is home to approximately 4.3 million people, the end of the Ebola outbreak is a big relief. Life has returned to normal. People are back to the beaches and night clubs. Markets and schools are re-opened.