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07 Nov 2017 description

In the wake of the 2014-2016 Ebola crisis, USAID/Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) decided to address the resulting food insecurity in Liberia and Sierra Leone via cash-transfer programming (CTP) rather than in-kind food aid. Information available at the time showed that markets were recovering as quarantines and other movement restrictions were lifted, making cash a viable option.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Finn Church Aid

Finn Church Aid (FCA) has decided to shut down its country programmes in Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of 2017. Involvement in Liberia led to the founding of the Women’s Bank volunteer network which currently has thousands of volunteers.

“It is always difficult to make a decision like this. Over the past year we have worked hard to find new donors in both Liberia and Sierra Leone, but have not been adequately successful. However, it’s great that the work will continue by a local civil society organisation”, says Jouni Hemberg, FCA’s Executive Director.

08 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

714 Ivorian refugees repatriated during May 2017

23,447 Ivorian refugees repatriated since 18 December 2015

14,683 Ivorian refugees remaining in Liberia

Population of concern 15,139

Funding (as of May 2017) USD 16,194,818 M requested for the Liberia situation

CONTEXT HIGHLIGHTS

22 Jun 2017 description

A new study suggests that Red Cross volunteers potentially averted more than 10,000 cases of Ebola during the 2013-2016 West Africa outbreak. The study measures for the first time the amazing impact of safe and dignified burial (SDB) teams, and highlights the incredibly important role of community health workers during a health emergency.

10 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Preface

Through much of 2014 and into 2015, the international community witnessed an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in parts of West Africa that was unprecedented in scale, severity and complexity. The toll in illness and death was severe: more than 28,000 people were infected and more than 11,000 died. Some 16,000 children lost parents or caregivers to Ebola.

The impact of the outbreak went far beyond those grim figures. The three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – were ill-equipped to respond.

03 May 2017 description
report ALNAP

Executive Summary

This paper explores the urban-specific challenges of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic in West Africa, focusing specifically on community engagement. In doing so, it identifies learning to take forward into future urban public health crises. Key points made in the paper are as follows:

• Communication and engagement are broad terms to describe a variety of ways in which crisis affected people can be involved in a response.

02 May 2017 description
report ALNAP

Executive Summary

The West African Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in 2014/15 posed a number of urban-specific challenges to humanitarians responding to the crisis. One of these related to controlling the rapid spread of the disease across the urban landscape. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone used quarantine at various points, which was by and large ill received, particularly in urban centres. This paper focuses specifically on the use of quarantine in urban environments during the humanitarian response to the Ebola Crisis.

12 Mar 2017 description

Keynotes and Events of Public Health Significance

  • 99.7% completeness in reporting from all Districts.

  • 99.7% reporting timeliness from health facilities.

  • Five positive cases of measles received from the National Reference Laboratory.

  • One death in a suspected case of human exposure to animal bites.

  • Increased surveillance due to ongoing outbreaks of measles and Yellow fever in Guinea and rubella in Sierra Leone.

17 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund
Executive Summary

Prepared over a period of one year from September 2015 to September 2016, UNICEF, in partnership with relevant agencies and governments, presents feedback and lessons learned from the Child Protection Programme during the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic response in West Africa from August 2014 to December 2015.

27 Jan 2017 description
report IRIN

Three years on from the start of the West African Ebola epidemic, lessons are still being learned. And the most surprising are not coming from the scientists, but from the affected communities themselves; about how, with hardly any help, they tackled the virus and won.

Read more on IRIN.

30 Dec 2016 description
report CARE

1 Background

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history and has affected six countries in West Africa, with Sierra Leone being among the hardest hit. The disease killed about 11,296 people out of 15,213 laboratory confirmed cases (CDC, as of August 4, 2015). The recorded death toll includes 4,808 in Liberia, 3,951 in Sierra Leone and 2,522 in Guinea. Control measures introduced in Sierra Leone proved effective in bringing the outbreak largely under control.

22 Oct 2016 description

More than two and a half years after the Ebola outbreak officially began, MSF is now closing its last projects in West Africa dedicated to caring for people who survived the disease.

13 Oct 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • No new EVD cases reported since April 2016

  • Response actors continue to strengthen health care capacity and surveillance systems in EVD-affected countries to mitigate the impacts of future disease outbreaks

  • USG provides more than $406 million in FY 2016 humanitarian funding for EVD response activities

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

10 Oct 2016 description

This report, produced by the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health to document its work on HC3’s Ebola Risk Communication project in Liberia, details the project’s goals of understanding and documenting Ebola-related communication efforts in the country to better inform communication approaches to future crises. This resulted in the development of a codebook that was then applied in order to further analyze the messages communicated across various media sources.

26 Aug 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

A photobook on safe childbirth

HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS