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22 Aug 2017 description

◾Eight days after the fatal floods and landslides in the Freetown area, heavy rainfall continues.

◾The first registration of the affected population has been completed. 5 905 people have been directly affected, of whom 49% are women and girls. So far, 493 deaths have been reported, with 600 people still not accounted for.

17 Aug 2017 description

Following the deadly mudslide and floods that have caused hundreds of casualties in Sierra Leone and displaced around 1100 households, the EU has released an initial amount of emergency humanitarian assistance of €300 000 for the most vulnerable families affected by this disaster.

The EU has also activated its emergency Copernicus mapping system to provide damage assessment maps to help with the relief efforts and a Commission humanitarian expert is on his way to assess the needs on the ground.

15 Aug 2017 description
  • Heavy rainfall in Regent area, Freetown, has caused important floods and landslides. At present, 312 people are reported killed and at least 2 000 have lost their home.
  • Body management is a challenge at this point. Needs assessments are hampered by lack of access for the time being. Needs are expected as regards water, hygiene and sanitation and shelter. The situation is being monitored by DG ECHO. Authorities has so far not requested assistance.
13 Feb 2017 description

Bruxelles, le 18 janvier 2017

Dans un rapport publié ce jour, la Cour des comptes souligne le succès du mécanisme de protection civile de l'UE, géré par la Commission européenne, en réaction aux catastrophes naturelles et aux principales épidémies récentes dans le monde.

Une coordination européenne efficace

01 Apr 2016 description

Situation

  • The 29 March 2016, WHO declared the end of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding the EVD outbreak in West Africa although, as expected, new clusters continue to occur.

  • A new cluster of Ebola cases has been detected in the village of Koropara, near N’Zerekore in Forest Guinea. As of 30 March, there are five confirmed and three probable cases. Out of these, seven have died.

19 Mar 2016 description

Key messages

  • Providing access to clean water in sufficient quantities is essential to sustain life and promote health in emergency and crisis situations. Basic sanitation and appropriate hygiene behavior and management are essential conditions to create a safe living environment.

  • The European Commission is one of the largest humanitarian donors in providing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance with almost €120 million alone allocated in 2015 to projects in this sector.

16 Feb 2016 description

Key messages

  • At the height of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the acute shortage of trained medical teams ready for deployment for health emergency response became an apparent gap in the international response.

  • As a direct follow up, the European Union has set up a European Medical Corps (EMC) through which teams and equipment from the EU Member States can be rapidly deployed to provide medical assistance and public health expertise in response to emergencies inside and outside the EU.

28 Jan 2016 description
  • Violent clashes have occurred between security forces and civilians in Kambia district following the enforcement of an order to close markets.

  • The government carried out the closures in response to a perceived lack of cooperation in its effort to trace 50 missing Ebola contacts linked to the recent new cases.

  • In one incident, a UNICEF vehicle was attacked and severely damaged. At least three people have been injured. The UN has banned all travel to the district for the time being.

20 Jan 2016 description

Bruxelles, le 14 janvier 2016

L'Organisation mondiale pour la Santé a annoncé que transmission du virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest a pris fin, alors que le Libéria connait aujourd'hui son 42ème jour sans nouveaux cas – une importante date que la Guinée et le Sierra Leone voisins ont franchi en Novembre et en Décembre dernier.

La pire épidémie d'Ebola enregistrée jusqu'ici a eu un bilan humain tragique, avec 11 300 morts sur les 28 600 cas déclarés depuis l'annonce de l'épidémie.

15 Jan 2016 description

14 January marks the end of the 42nd day Ebola case-free period in Liberia, which implies that Liberia is now officially Ebola-free again.

• As Sierra Leone and Guinea have already recently been declared Ebola-free, this means that the West Africa Ebola epidemic is now technically over. However, each country will embark on a 90 day period of heightened vigilance whereby, for example, the safe burial and testing of suspicious cases will continue.

14 Jan 2016 description

It is time for post-Ebola recovery in GuineaSierra Leone and Liberia – all three countries have now been declared as Ebola-free. However surveillance is still in place and challenges remain. The virus can re-emerge at any time and care and support for survivors is still very much needed.

14 Jan 2016 description

14/01/2016

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the Ebola transmissions in West Africa have come to an end for the moment, as Liberia marks today 42 days without new Ebola cases – an important landmark that neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone crossed last November and December.

The largest Ebola epidemic on record has taken a tragic toll on life, with 11 300 deaths out of 28 600 cases since its declaration in March 2014, according to WHO.

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.