No new confirmed cases were reported in the week to 15 March 2015. This is the third consecutive week in which no new confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported. 15 March 2015 was day 12 since the final patient in Liberia had a second negative test for EVD: 42 days must elapse before transmission can be considered to have ended. Once the 42-day period has elapsed, continued vigilance will be required until both Sierra Leone and Guinea are also declared Ebola-free.
The Government of Liberia has identified 3,979 children (2,070 girls and 1,909 boys) as directly affected by EVD. The Government has defined the number of children directly affected as quarantined, orphaned, unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), in treatment and discharged. The total number of children registered to date by social workers as having lost one or both parents/primary caregivers due to EVD is 2,781 (712 having lost one parent/primary caregiver and 2,069 having lost both parents/primary caregivers).
3,974 (98 per cent) out of 4,038 target schools have received back-to-school kits containing infection prevention and control (IPC) supplies through Education Cluster partners.
3,460 (86 per cent) of 4,038 target schools have had a teacher, administrator and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) members trained in the Safe School Reopening protocols through Education Cluster partners.
605 additional schools in Montserrado County have been identified to be included in the distribution of IPC kits.
Fears of Ebola transmission are keeping some parents/caregivers from sending their children to school. UNICEF and key partners are addressing this through mass media and community engagement activities.
Reports of 20 suspected cases of measles in two districts of Grand Bassa are currently being investigated. At the same time, preparations for the upcoming countrywide measles campaign are underway.
In response to the measles outbreak in Monrovia and Grand Bassa, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health’s special immunization campaign through its frontline mobilisers with the aim to educate the general public about the importance of immunization and get community buy-in.
According to recent data, 2,210 severely malnourished children from six priority counties were admitted into the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition Programme between September 2014 and February 2015.