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23 Dec 2015 description

INTRODUCTION

Box 1. Effective communication is critical from the onset of any humanitarian emergency. The information needs of people affected by crises often remain largely unmet, however, and not enough capacity and resources are dedicated to address them meaningfully (BBC World Service Trust, 2008, Internews, 2011, CDAC/ACAPS, 03/2014).

23 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

  • No confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the two weeks to 13 December. In Liberia, all 166 contacts, including 15 high-risk contacts associated with the recent cluster of 3 confirmed cases reported in Greater Monrovia completed their 21-day follow-up period on 11 December.

  • In Guinea, no prefecture has active transmission and no known contact is being followed in the entire country

21 Dec 2015 description
infographic World Food Programme
  • UNHRD continues to dispatch operational equipment for its Partners, most recently supporting WHO and WFP by sending plastic pallets and vehicles to Guinea and Liberia.

  • UNHRD facilities in Accra and Las Palmas have served as regional staging areas and the Accra depot hosted UNMEER headquarters.

16 Dec 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As part of the 2014–2015 Ebola response operation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland (MSF-CH) started to systematically deploy dedicated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) officers to the field.

Primarily mandated to work in close collaboration with the epidemiologists, the GIS officers were charged with producing general overview maps, as well as topical maps that supported different aspects of the operation.

16 Dec 2015 description
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Current epidemiological situation + country-specific information

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has slowed intensely, but enormous challenges remain in conquering this scourge while re-establishing basic social services and building resilience in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This unparalled outbreak has hit some of the most vulnerable communities in some of the world’s poorest countries.

16 Dec 2015 description
infographic World Food Programme
  • UNHRD continues to dispatch operational equipment for its Partners, most recently supporting WHO and WFP by sending plastic pallets and vehicles to Guinea and Liberia.

  • UNHRD facilities in Accra and Las Palmas have served as regional staging areas and the Accra depot hosted UNMEER headquar-ters.

18 Nov 2015 description

SECTOR OVERVIEW

As part of its efforts to ensure a rapid response to humanitarian emergencies around the world, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)—the lead U.S. Government (USG) office for international disaster response—stores emergency relief supplies at strategically located warehouses in Miami, Florida; Pisa, Italy; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Subang, Malaysia. Stockpiled humanitarian relief commodities include blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, water containers, and plastic sheeting for emergency shelter.

15 Nov 2015 description

Current epidemiological situation + country-specific information

There has been considerable development in slowing down the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. On 7 November 2015, the Government of Sierra Leone declared that the Ebola outbreak is over. This meant that no cases had been declared in Sierra Leone over the last 42 days.

14 Nov 2015 description
report ALNAP

ALNAP and ELRHA will be looking at 15 different examples of humanitarian innovation funded by ELRHA’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) grants. Each case study will explore the dynamics of successful innovation processes, culminating in a unique and in-depth study on innovation in humanitarian action.

Words of Relief is a Translators without Borders (TWB) project designed to provide local language translation services to non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UN agencies and other actors during humanitarian response.

12 Nov 2015 description

From a peak of over 500 cases a week in October 2014, with transmission in all 14 districts, Sierra Leone has reached the tail end of the Ebola outbreak with single digit cases in only one district as of mid-September 2015. Active case search, supervision and mentoring of contact tracers and contact tracing activities continue to be strengthened in all districts. As a result of a coordinated effort with partners and national authorities, 14 districts will have completed their 42-day countdown to become free of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) transmission by 7 November 2015.

09 Nov 2015 description
infographic World Food Programme
  • UNHRD continues to dispatch operational equipment for its Partners, most recently supporting WHO and WFP by sending plastic pallets and vehicles to Guinea and Liberia.

  • UNHRD facilities in Accra and Las Palmas have served as regional staging areas and the Accra depot hosted UNMEER headquar-ters.

03 Nov 2015 description

Summary The West Africa Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak is the largest and most widespread in history, both in terms of caseload and geographical spread. The first outbreak began in Guinea in December 2013 and thereafter spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • January 2015: Emergency Appeal Revision 1 available here.

  • March 2015: Six Months update available here.