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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over 3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray – yet the true toll of the epidemic has been even higher.
Disruptions in reproductive health care, and widespread fears about getting infected by health personnel, left thousands of women and girls without maternal health and family planning services.
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HIGHLIGHTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Malabo, 20 July 2015. In an effort to provide a sub-regional scope to address cross border issues, the Mano River Union (MRU) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the margins of the International Conference on Africa’s Fight against Ebola.
The MoU provides the framework for the identification and implementation of activities to be undertaken in or by the four member states, namely Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD or Ebola, in West Africa is the longest and largest Ebola outbreak to date. In addition to the direct impact of deaths and infection from Ebola, the outbreak is exacerbating already weak health systems and threatening to reverse progress made in recent years improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, adolescent, and child health (RMNCAH) in Sierra Leone.
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 12 February 2015-More than $56 million is urgently needed to provide vital reproductive, maternal and newborn health services in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
CONAKRY, Guinea – As the Ebola epidemic continues to ravage parts of West Africa, health officials are intensifying their efforts on the ground. Now included in their arsenal is a mobile phone application that promises to speed their response to the outbreak.
The app has been deployed in areas of Guinea with persistently high rates of Ebola transmission. There, it is being used to locate and track people who may have been exposed to the virus.
UNFPA is working with UN system and the international community to deliver a rapid and effective response to help the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to stop the Ebola outbreak; treat the infected; ensure essential services; and prevent further outbreaks.
UNFPA is helping stop the outbreak by supporting contact-tracing to track infected persons and refer them to the appropriate health facilities. It aims to increase the number of contact tracers in Liberia and Sierra Leone from the current 5,000 to around 20,000 in the next 60 days.
UNFPA Priority areas
- Contact tracing to control the spread of Ebola and identify cases
- Reproductive health (RH) services and midwives for safe birth and family planning
- Personal protection supplies for staff and health workers
- Social mobilization and community engagement to prevent infection and increase the use of health services
- Monitoring and preparedness for neighbouring countries
Over 800,000 women in the worst-affected countries face increased risks
MONROVIA, Liberia – Thirty-six year old Comfort Fayiah, in Monrovia, Liberia, never imagined her pregnancy would end the way it did – with her giving birth on the side of the road, in a heavy downpour, to twins.
More than 800,000 pregnant women face much greater risk in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 16 October 2014 — As the world intensifies its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the needs of pregnant women must be addressed urgently to save the lives of mothers and infants, warns UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
KAILAHUN/NEW YORK – As Ebola infections continue to escalate at an alarming rate in West Africa, UNFPA-trained contact tracers in Sierra Leone are playing a vital role in mitigating the public health crisis.
MONROVIA, Liberia – Ebola has devastated health systems in Liberia, where the outbreak appears to be intensifying. UNFPA is providing protective gear to health workers and safe delivery kits to health facilities, helping to restore access to life-saving care. Still, the situation remains dire.
The crisis extends far beyond those infected by the virus. Overwhelmed health systems and widespread panic are posing barriers to essential health care, including life-saving maternal health services.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – In May, Sierra Leone detected its first-ever case of Ebola, the deadly and contagious haemorrhagic disease. By the end of July, the country had surpassed neighbouring Guinea, where the break was first reported, in number of positive cases.
The outbreak has spread rapidly through four West African countries – Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone – sickening at least 1,779 people and killing 961, according to 6 August estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO).