Sierra Leone + 2 more

Emergency Appeal Operation Update Ebola Virus Disease Emergency Appeals (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Global Coordination & Preparedness) Update No. 35


Current epidemiological situation, country-specific information + Post-Ebola systems strengthening

Guinea declared an end to Ebola virus transmission on 1 June. On 9 June the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the most recent outbreak of EVD in Liberia.

Having contained the last Ebola virus outbreak in March 2016, Sierra Leone has maintained heightened surveillance with testing of all reported deaths and prompt investigation and testing of all suspected cases.

The ultimate goal of post-EVD recovery plans is to re-establish the conditions for a quick return to a healthy society, with viable livelihoods, psychosocial well-being, economic growth, and overall human development. At the same time, the immediate priority is to end the epidemic, and address the adverse conditions that enabled a localized epidemic to escalate into a national crisis with regional and global ramifications.

Over 28 000 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases were reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with 11 310 deaths since the onset of the Ebola outbreak. The majority of these cases and deaths were reported between August and December 2014, after which case incidence began to decline as a result of the rapid scaleup of treatment, isolation, and safe burial capacity in the three countries.

IFRC continues to closely monitor the Ebola response key performance indicators of the phase 3 Ebola response framework. The objectives of these indicators are to interrupt all chains of transmission, prevent new infections, detect timely and respond rapidly.