Liberia

UNICEF Liberia Ebola Outbreak Weekly Situation Report #19, 23 April 2014

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• No new confirmed, probable or suspected cases have been reported by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) since the last SitRep. However, as part of an ongoing review of existing data, the National Task Force (NTF) on Health Emergencies retroactively added seven suspected cases and removed two Ebola-related deaths from the relevant totals.

• The total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases currently stands at 34 (six confirmed, two probable and 26 suspected), while Ebola-related deaths stand at 11.

• Foya, Lofa County, remains the epicentre of the Ebola epidemic, although suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in Lofa (11), Nimba (7), Bong (6), Margibi (4), Montserrado (3), Grand Gedeh (2) and Grand Cape Mount (1) Counties.

• UNICEF delivered various additional supplies for the isolation units currently under construction in Foya, Lofa County, and Monrovia, Montserrado County; 14,000 additional Ebola awareness posters for use in communications for development (C4D) activities in Lofa County; and two motorbikes for use by social mobilization field coordinators in Lofa County.

• The two UNICEF field coordinators and the 10 member interpersonal communication (IPC) team continue to raise awareness of Ebola in Lofa County via visits to border towns, mosques, churches, marketplaces and schools, as well as through meetings with key local and traditional leaders.

• UNICEF procured 15 megaphones for use by the MoHSW in raising awareness of Ebola in affected counties.

• UNICEF’s estimated funding requirement for Ebola-related C4D, Health and WASH interventions stands at approximately US$500,000 for the period from 21 March to 21 June. The funding gap remains US$270,000.