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Heavy and prolonged rain that occurred in Sierra Leone last week, caused a massive landslide on Monday, 14 August. Areas around Freetown, the capital, were swept by a mudslide killing almost 500 people, and triggering massive destructions especially in the areas of Regent and Kamayama. Now, only a year after Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free, this West African country has to deal with loss of lives, severe damage to infrastructure which has left many homeless, as well as threat of various diseases spreading.
After 16 months supporting the fight against Ebola, the ETC operation has come to a close.
In July 2014, this sign was posted on the wall of a Monrovia radio station, advising people not to shake hands. It was known then that the virus was around and that human-to-human contact needed to be reduced, but the full impact of the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa was completely unprecedented.
Initially planned to begin phasing out in September 2015, the ET Cluster operation in West Africa has been extended until the end of the year, allowing response efforts to continue in areas still fighting Ebola, and ensuring sufficient time to build local capacity.
The Response and Transition plans for the three Ebola Affected Countries, which detail how to ensure a smooth transition of the services to commercial solutions, have been updated accordingly.
Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, over 1600 humanitarians have used vital communications services provided by the ETC to support the fight against Ebola.
After an outbreak of Ebola was reported in Guinea in March 2014, the virus rapidly spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone, causing a regional crisis.
In the last month, the number of confirmed cases of Ebola in the region has drastically decreased.
o In the week ending 16 August 2015, there were three confirmed cases of Ebola, all of which were reported in Guinea.
o In the last two weeks, the number of contacts under observation has halved from 1,600 to 800.
- On 30 June in Liberia, the dead body of a 17-year old man tested positive for Ebola. This is the first reported case of Ebola in Liberia since the country was declared Ebola-free seven weeks ago. In Sierra Leone and Guinea, although the number of new Ebola cases is decreasing in general and geographic coverage is now limited to a few districts, new cases continue to be reported on a daily basis. Around half of these cases arose from unknown sources of infection.
Doctors, nurses, surveillance teams, psycho-social experts, logisticians, epidemiologists, researchers, drivers, laboratory technicians, managers of Ebola Treatment Units, civil servants at the Ministries of Health, employees of Ebola Response command centres in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea all have one thing in common: they have joined forces to defeat Ebola. Getting to zero cases is possible.