Livelihoods have been affected by the crisis and opportunities are expected to further decrease. Poor households and families affected by the loss of a member are facing food insecurity.
The already weak health systems have been overwhelmed by the crisis, leading to an increase of non-Ebola related mortality. A very few reported cases of measles, Lassa fever, meningitis and yellow fever could be a result of a weakened monitoring, which together with lack of diagnosis and treatments, could potentially lead to an increased risk of non-EVD outbreaks.
Chronic health problems, maternal health and interruption in immunisation programmes are other worrying outcomes caused by constraints of health systems and populations’ lack of trust to health system.
School dropout rates, particularly among girls, are expected to rise, worsening in the long term the already low literacy rates especially among women in the affected countries.