Liberia

UNICEF Liberia Ebola Outbreak Weekly Situation Report #80, 8 April 2015

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  • No new confirmed cases were reported from Liberia in the past week.

  • The Government of Liberia has identified 4,345 as affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The Government has defined the number of children ‘affected’ as quarantined, orphaned, unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), in treatment and discharged. Orphans are children who have lost one or both parents/primary caregivers due to EVD. More specifically, todate a total number of children registered by the Ministry social workers as having lost one or both parents/primary caregivers due to EVD is 3,091 (847 having lost both parents and 2,244 having lost one parent).

  • Verification of school re-opening progress continued with a second phase of call center direct outreach to principals and District Education Officers.

  • The 2,467 schools reached after the second round of data collection represent 61 per cent of the 4,038 total schools targeted for infectionprevention-control (IPC) kit delivery by the Ministry of Health (MoE)/UNICEF during the first phase of school reopening. The random sampling of urban and rural schools in all 15 counties provides a strong indicative representation of the overall back to school picture; however, school reopening/enrolment percentages are subject to change pending ongoing data collection/verification.

  • 21 UNICEF-supported County Mobilization Coordinators from 15 counties were trained on the recently developed cross-border toolkit.

  • A government-led validation exercise of the Resilient Health System Investment and Transition Plan took place last week, in which UNICEF was actively involved in reviewing and refining critical investment areas for building a resilient health system. Providing a career path for general community health volunteers and strengthening the district health system were amongst key UNICEF interventions.

  • UNICEF continues to support the preparation of the upcoming measles campaign (integrated with oral polio vaccine (OPV)/deworming tablets) that is scheduled to take place from 8 May to 14 May 2015 for children under five. Microplanning sessions have now been concluded in all 15 counties.
    Social mobilization efforts and distribution of Information-EducationCommunication (IEC) and other campaign materials to the counties is taking place in conjunction with NGO partners.