UNICEF Liberia Ebola Outbreak Weekly Situation Report #21, 9 May 2014

Situation Report
Originally published


Key Points

  • The total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases now stands at 12 (six confirmed, two probable and four suspected). This reflects the removal from the official total of one suspected case previously reported in Montserrado County, which likely occurred as a result of the ongoing review of the Ebola data.

  • The total number of Ebola-related deaths stands at 11.

  • Foya, Lofa County, remains the epicentre of the Ebola epidemic, although suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in Lofa (7), Nimba (2), Margibi (2) and Bong (1) Counties.

  • As of one week ago, all contacts of Ebola cases had completed their 21 days of follow up. However, cases continue to be received in Guéckédou, Guinea, which borders Lofa County. Per the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), Liberia will not relax its Ebola surveillance, prevention and response activities until the situation in neighboring areas of Guinea also stabilizes.

  • MSF will depart from Liberia early next week, but will continue to assist the Government of Liberia and partners from the agency’s base in Guéckédou, Guinea.

  • The WHO and the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) remain heavily engaged with the government on the technical aspects of the ongoing Ebola response.

  • The two UNICEF field coordinators and the 10-member interpersonal communication (IPC) team has continued to raise awareness of Ebola in Lofa County via visits to border towns, mosques, churches, marketplaces and schools, as well as meetings with key local and traditional leaders, motorcycle unions and general Community Health Volunteers (gCHVs).

  • UNICEF’s estimated funding requirement for Ebola-related Communications for Development (C4D),
    Health and WASH interventions stands at approximately US$500,000 for the period from 21 March to 21 June. The current funding gap is US$187,000.