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14 Dec 2015 description

0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Sixth modification as of 1/12/2015
In order to be able to contract the entire budget of the West Africa HIP, an amount of EUR 33 926 needs to be shifted from the Man-made disaster specific objective to the Natural disaster specific objective of financing Decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000. The total amount of the West Africa HIP remains unchanged

27 Nov 2015 description

Key messages

  • AGIR - the Global Alliance for Resilience Initiative - was launched during the Sahel food and nutrition crisis of 2012 with the aim of achieving 'Zero Hunger' in the West Africa Sahel region by 2032. The EU was closely involved in establishing AGIR and continues to provide support.

08 Nov 2015 description
  • Saturday, 7 November marked the 42 days in Sierra Leone since the last case of Ebola virus disease was registered. At double the incubation time, the 17 month epidemic was declared over by WHO.
14 Oct 2015 description

0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

Third modification as of 28/09/2015

Despite the signature of the peace agreement on 20th June, the situation in Northern Mali remains very fragile as indicated by the recent clashes between signatory parties in the region of Kidal. Estimated 62 000 people are still internally displaced (IDPs) in Mali. The surrounding countries of Mauritania, Niger and Burkina Faso still host about 138 000 Malian refugees and there is no observed trend of return.

12 Oct 2015 description

• Guinea and Sierra Leone both recorded no new Ebola cases last week. This is the first time since the outbreak was declared in March 2014 that no new Ebola cases have been recorded in a week.

• If both countries remain free of new cases for 42 days they will be officially declared Ebola free. Liberia has already reached this status. However as there is evidence that infection may occur through the semen of survivors and that significant levels of virus have been detected in semen up to 90 days after cure, strict vigilance will need to be maintained for several months.

24 Sep 2015 description

Key messages

  • Humanitarian air services are a lifeline for millions of vulnerable people in humanitarian crises where quick and safe access is vital to save lives.

  • Due to the lack of reliable roads, ports and other infrastructure, access to many crises by land or water is difficult, if not impossible. Humanitarian air services are often the only way to get access to remote places and reach people in need.

  • In addition to transporting humanitarian supplies and workers, humanitarian air services perform medical and security evacuations.

19 Sep 2015 description
  • Following torrential rains and flooding yesterday, several thousand people have been displaced from their homes in Freetown. Emergency stations have been established at Freetown’s national stadium and various other locations across the town. Relief efforts have begun under the overall coordination of the Office of National Security. Shelter, WASH and health assistance is being provided by Government of Sierra Leone, supported by UN agencies, various INGOs, the ICRC, church groups and Africell.
19 Sep 2015 description
  • Five confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease have been reported in the latest WHO situation report, all coming from Sierra Leone (Kambia and Bombali). Of highest concern is the 16-year-old girl from the region of Bombali, which had been free of Ebola for five months. The case is not linked to any known chain of transmission and stayed in the community for several days with severe symptoms before being transferred to an Ebola Treatment Unit where she died, shortly after admission.

14 Sep 2015 description

Des enfants orphelins et frappés par l'épidémie d'Ebola bénéficieront d'un soutien éducatif et psychosocial par l'entremise de projets mis en œuvre par l'UNICEF et «Save the Children» en Guinée et en Sierra Leone.

07 Sep 2015 description

Bruxelles, le 7 septembre 2015

Des enfants orphelins et frappés par l'épidémie d'Ebola bénéficieront d'un soutien éducatif et psychosocial par l'entremise de projets mis en œuvre par l'UNICEF et «Save the Children» en Guinée et en Sierra Leone.

07 Sep 2015 description

Brussels, 7 September 2015

Children orphaned and affected by Ebola will receive education and psychosocial support via humanitarian projects implemented by UNICEF and Save the Children in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

28 Aug 2015 description
  • The Ebola test result of the last patient in Sierra Leone has been confirmed negative for second time, and she was officially discharged on 24 August. On 25 August, the Sierra Leonean government started the 42 days countdown to Ebola-free status.

  • Three new cases have been reported in Guinea this week and no new cases were reported in Liberia for 21 days.

28 Aug 2015 description

Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.

11 Aug 2015 description

Thanks to the support of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have carried out psycho-social support, contact tracing, safe and dignified burials, case management and social mobilisation in Ebola affected communities. All five interventions have contributed to reigning in the outbreak.

18 Jul 2015 description

SITUATION

• There were 30 new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the three affected countries during the week ending 12 July, with 14 in Sierra Leone, 13 in Guinea and three in Liberia.

• More than six weeks after being declared EVD free, Liberia has again experienced new cases. The source of this new, third, wave in the EVD outbreak is as of yet unconfirmed and it is under investigation.

• There are still problems with community compliance with containment measures and problems with Infection Control in Health establishments.

10 Jul 2015 description

The Current Situation and Financial Assistance

West Africa is facing the largest and most complex Ebola epidemic on record. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been the most affected countries. Over 27, 514 people have been infected, more than 11,220 of whom have died.

10 Jul 2015 description

La Commission européenne annoncera aujourd'hui l'octroi d'une aide d'environ 450 millions d'euros destinée à soutenir le redressement des trois pays les plus touchés par le virus Ebola, à savoir la Guinée, la Sierra Leone et le Liberia. La mesure sera annoncée par M. Christos Stylianides, commissaire chargé de l’aide humanitaire et de la gestion des crises et coordinateur de l'UE pour la lutte contre le virus Ebola, à l'occasion de la «Conférence internationale sur le relèvement après l'Ebola» organisée par les Nations unies à New York.