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22 Sep 2015 description

This article was written by Anna R. Hurt and originally published by the Center for Disaster Philanthropy on 28 May, 2015. Republished with permission.

21 Sep 2015 description

Novel technology holds potential for public health responses

A novel Ebola virus disease treatment based on three monoclonal antibodies will advance in development through an agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Tarrytown, New York.

18 Sep 2015 description

Introduction: Outbreak of Ebola Virus Dihe outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa was the 26th outbreak in history, but the first one to occur in West Africa and by far the most widespread and deadly outbreak of the disease. A one-year-old boy that died in Guinea in December 2013 could be identified as index case to the epidemic, but was not identified as EVD until March 2014. The disease then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

18 Sep 2015 description

From a peak of over 950 confirmed cases per week at the height of the Ebola outbreak, current case counts in West Africa are the lowest in over 12 months. The geographical extent of the outbreak has been greatly reduced and since July 2015 the vast majority of cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia can be epidemiologically-linked to known chains of transmission. There is strong evidence that the strategies and tactics employed to date are working.

17 Sep 2015 description

When will customs officials at airports stop checking your temperature upon arrival from an African destination? In countries like Ethiopia, half a dozen medics in white coats check whether travellers had recently visited Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. Admittedly, Addis Ababa hosts the headquarters of the African Union (AU), where most of Africa’s 54 member states are represented. And these officials travel a lot.

11 Sep 2015 description
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Conflict, instability and disasters continued to take an immense toll on development in 2014. However, as this report shows, UNDP continued to help countries prevent and respond to disasters, protect justice, uphold security and the rule of law, promote inclusive governance and build peace. Active in over 170 countries and territories, UNDP is there before and after a crisis.

08 Sep 2015 description


  • For the week of 31 August–6 September, two confirmed cases have been reported: one in Conakry, Guinea, and the other in Kambia, Sierra Leone.

  • On 3 September the Ministry of Health and WHO declared Liberia Ebola-free again following 42 days without a new confirmed case.

01 Sep 2015 description


  • For the week of 24 – 30 August, two cases have been reported, in Conakry in Guinea. One case was reported in Sierra Leone

  • Following the release of the last person undergoing treatment for Ebola in Sierra Leone on 24 August, a further case was identified on 30 August from a post-mortem swab. This highlights the need for ongoing vigilance.

27 Aug 2015 description


  • Three cases reported in Guinea; no new cases in Sierra Leone and Liberia as of 25 August.

  • High-Level Panel visit to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • Positive interim results of ring vaccination trials.

  • More work and resources required to ensure necessary support for Ebola survivors.

  • 600 police in Conakry trained to help monitor burials to prevent new transmission chains in Guinea.


25 Aug 2015 description

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  • Trois (3) nouveaux cas confirmés à la maladie à virus Ebola ont été notifiés en Guinée au cours de la semaine du 17 au 23 août 2015. Un (1) contact à haut risque dans le quartier de Ratoma à Conakry a été testé négatif.

  • Les chiffres préliminaires de la campagne de vaccination contre la méningite soutenue par l’UNICEF montrent que 2.445.325 millions d’enfants et de jeunes de moins de 30 ans ont été vaccinés.

25 Aug 2015 description

TJ Tarik Jasarevic

DH Didier Houssin

BE Ben

DM Debora MacKenzie

SB Simeon Bennett

HB Helen Branswell

LS Lisa Schnirring

CP Carmen Paun

18 Aug 2015 description


The outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa is unprecedented in its scale, severity, and complexity. More than 23,200 people have been infected by 15 February 2015, resulting in over 9,300 deaths. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are still affected by this outbreak, and are struggling to control the epidemic against a backdrop of extreme poverty, weak health systems and social customs that make breaking human-to-human transmission difficult.