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12 Jan 2015 description

For FAO, preparedness consists of setting up effective measures to anticipate, respond to and recover from the impact of disasters for the different analysis units such as: individuals, households, organizations, communities and societies.

Prevention refers to all activities that enable the negative impact of hazards to be avoided and the associated environmental, technological and biological disasters to be minimized.

Prevention and preparedness measures also consist of ensuring that human and financial resources are available to respond to crises correctly.

31 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

· There have been 20 206 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7905 reported deaths.

· Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia, although Liberia reported more cases in the week ending 28 December than in the previous week.

· There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. However, the west of the country is still experiencing the most intense transmission of all affected countries.

· The United Kingdom has reported its first confirmed case of Ebola.

24 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • There have been 19 497 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7588 reported deaths.

  • Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.

  • There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone, although the country’s west is now experiencing the most intense transmission in the affected countries. Response efforts have been strengthened to curb the spread of disease in the area.

SUMMARY

23 Dec 2014 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

As of 17 December 2014, there have been 18,569 confirmed, probable and suspected EVD cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 6,900 deaths.Over 9.4 million children are living in the affected areas in these 3 countries. An estimated 3,492 children have been infected with Ebola, and a far greater number of children have lost one or both parents or caregivers in this crisis.

17 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • There have been 18 603 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6915 reported deaths.

  • Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.

  • There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country.

  • No new cases have been reported in Mali since 24 November. All contacts of the outbreak in Bamako have completed the 21-day follow-up period.

15 Dec 2014 description

The current situation and the SDC’s commitment

  • The situation in the three worst affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - remains critical. The epidemic is not only having a severe impact on the entire healthcare system of the countries affected but also has serious implications for security, food supplies and the overall economic situation.

15 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK / GENÈVE, 12 décembre 2014 – L’UNICEF a annoncé aujourd'hui un plan renforcé de combat contre le virus Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest au cours des six prochains mois, d'un coût total de 500 millions de dollars É.-U. A ce jour, on n’a obtenu que 24 pour cent de cette somme, soit 125,7 millions de dollars É.-U.

15 Dec 2014 description
report European Commission

Following the World Health Organisation’s recommendation, exit screening of travellers leaving the Ebola affected countries was put in place in August, to reduce the risk of spread of Ebola. These exit screening procedures have been implemented at the airports of the affected countries with support from the US Centre of Disease Control (CDC).

12 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based services for the future, UNICEF raises appeal to US$500 million

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – UNICEF today announced an expanded fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa over the next six months, costing a total of US$500 million – of which just 24 per cent ($125.7 million) has been secured.

10 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

9 décembre 2014 – L'Envoyé spécial des Nations Unies sur Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, a estimé mardi que la communauté internationale devait concentrer ses efforts dans les zones de transmission élevée de la maladie, en particulier dans l'ouest de la Sierra Leone, et à la frontière entre la Guinée et le Mali.

L'ouest de la Sierra Leone, en particulier la capitale du pays, Freetown, et Port Loko, où les niveaux de transmission sont élevés, a besoin « d'une réponse beaucoup plus intense », a dit le Dr. Nabarro lors d'une conférence de presse à Genève.

30 Nov 2014 description

In a context of unprecedented humanitarian needs, the UN Secretary General has called for a World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) to take place in Istanbul in 2016 and European preparations for the summit are getting underway. This issue of our newsletter invites NGOs to highlight what for them are key questions on each of the main themes in the Summit. It takes a look at the relevance of the process for the community of European humanitarian NGOs and asks how the EU might contribute.

18 Nov 2014 description

New developments since seventh update

Since December 2013, and as of 17 November 2014, 14 415 cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), including 5 177 deaths, have been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in eight reporting countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone in West Africa, and Spain and the USA).

07 Nov 2014 description

New WHO “Safe and Dignified Burial” Protocol Key to Reducing Ebola Transmission

7 November 2014 ¦ GENEVA: A new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials.

29 Oct 2014 description
report Maplecroft

A combination of climate change vulnerability and food insecurity is amplifying the risks of conflict and civil unrest in 32 countries, including the emerging markets of Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and the Philippines, according to the seventh annual Climate Change and Environmental Risk Atlas (CCERA) released by global risk analytics company Maplecroft.

21 Oct 2014 description
report UN News Service

20 October 2014 – Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States.

20 Oct 2014 description
report IRIN

NEW YORK, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

17 Oct 2014 description

Main conclusions and options for risk reduction

Since December 2013, and as of 12 October 2014, 8 997 cases of EVD, including 4 493 deaths, have been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) in seven reporting countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and the USA). One additional case was reported by the USA on 14 October in a second healthcare worker in Dallas, Texas, who tested positive for Ebola virus after having cared for the first case in the USA.