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EBOLA | Liberia's last Ebola patient
Description: It's been 42 days since the last person died from Ebola in Liberia. The epidemic of haemorrhagic fever is finally over in the country worst affected by the outbreak. Béatrice Yardolo is the last person in Liberia to have survived the virus.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare.
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13 Dec 2016
Description: In Liberia we are empowering communities to resolve conflicts about natural resources peacefully. In this video our Programme Manager Joseph Yarsiah visits Massakpa in Grand Cape Mount, where there are tensions with a local company over access to clean water.
09 Nov 2016
Description: The transmission of Ebola from the big outbreak which affected more than 28,000 people in West Africa is over. However there is plenty of long-term impact felt in each of the three countries, from economic impact, to schools closing, to medical schools closing for an extended period of time. In Liberia, for example, before the outbreak they only had 50 doctors. And then for one or two years there’s been no doctors who’ve graduated and some doctors died during the outbreak. Clinics have shut down. Routine health care had shut down.
So HIV testing, TB program, routine immunization for children, all of this was compromised.
Now in Monrovia, Liberia, we’re seeing measles cases, just because there wasn’t routine vaccination during the outbreak. We’re also seeing the psychological impact on the population and on communities. We’re seeing PTSD and depression.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was one of the biggest actors in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in all three countries. We treated more than 5,000 patients, half of which survived. It was quite a difficult time, and something we had never seen before, so at MSF we also learned quite a lot. Now what we’re doing is we’re trying to create a new guideline for hemorrhagic fever for both us, as MSF in the future, and also for other actors. They can use and we can learn from these lessons. We’re also working to help find a vaccine. We've been running survivor clinics, one in every country, because we were seeing that Ebola survivors have symptoms that continue after they’re cured. Namely, eye problems, generalized body pain, joint pain, aches s and pains, as well as psychological problems. These clinics will end by the end of 2016 and the survivors will be re-integrated into the normal healthcare system.
Find out more about MSF's work in This is MSF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uoq2EG3BpS4
31 Oct 2016
Description: To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET develops a set of assumptions about likely events, their effects, and the probable responses of various actors. FEWS NET analyzes these assumptions in the context of current conditions and local livelihoods to arrive at a most likely scenario for the coming six months.
01 Sep 2016
Description: At the height of the Ebola Epidemic in Liberia a Mother and her 3-month-old daughter (Baby Jo) are admitted for testing at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Center. International Medical Corps staff and volunteers share their memories about her survival story.
11 Aug 2016
Description: Young women who turned to sex work following the Liberian civil war are changing their lives and their children’s futures thanks to skills training provided by Plan International.
The effects of the conflict which raged in Liberia between 1999 and 2004 are still being felt, especially by young women.
Many girls were orphaned during the war, and some have suffered rape resulting in early pregnancy. In Bomi County, an estimated 75% of women with children are single mothers. Many men, still traumatised by the war and affected by the resulting unemployment problems, no longer want to take responsibility for children.
With no other incomes, large numbers of girls and women are selling their bodies to feed and support their children. They make around 75 Liberian dollars (€0.75) per customer.
Vocational training is key to transforming these women’s lives and helping them make sure their children do not miss out on school.
Through the Girl Power Project, run with our partners in the Child Rights Alliance, we offer vocational training to girls and women aged 14-30. Skills taught include hairdressing, baking, soap making, beauty care and tailoring.
The project also offers small loans so women can create groups to save money.
Learn more: https://plan-international.org/because-i-am-a-girl/daughters-war-train-better-times
20 Jul 2016
Description: This project was implemented in communities in Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Gedeh counties in Liberia from 2012-2015 via partnership between the Canadian Red Cross and the Liberian National Red Cross Society, with funding from the Government of Canada. Learn how Community Health Workers and Liberian Red Cross volunteers are working together and overcoming challenges like Ebola to improve the health of mothers and children in remote communities.
16 Jun 2016
Description: Resilience: Building livelihoods opportunities after Ebola
In August 2015, documentary filmmaker Dearbhla Glynn travelled through northern Liberia, Guinée forestière and Guinea interviewing survivors of Ebola and conflict-affected populations who had been supported by an EU-funded cross-border project helping communities hit by the pandemic. The documentary 'Resilience – Building Livelihoods Opportunities' shows the increased challenges in West Africa in the wake of the Ebola crisis, and how the Danish Refugee Council, with the support of the EU, has been building up community trade and empowerment of vulnerable people.
Read more about the EU's work on resilience: http://bit.ly/1IkGFC3
Video by Danish Refugee Council and European Union/ECHO
09 Jun 2016
Description: UNMIL and the Government of Liberia held a Town Hall meeting in Buchanan on April 21 to inform the community about the upcoming transition of security responsibilities to Liberian authorities on 30 June 2016.
02 May 2016
Description: (Monrovia/New York) Briefing the United Nations Security Council today, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Coordinator of UN Operations in Liberia, Farid Zarif, said both the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) were confident that the priority targets in the country’s security transition plan will be met by 30 June, the deadline for the country to take full responsibility for its own security.
The SRSG said meeting the deadline set by the Security Council requires sustained political commitment. “More concerted efforts by the Executive and Legislature are required to ensure the urgent enactment and implementation of critical legislation relating to the security sector,” he said, citing the draft Firearms and Ammunition Control Act, the Police Act and the Immigration Service Act.
“UNMIL has continued to hand over security responsibilities to national security agencies,” Zarif said. Since the previous Security Council session on Liberia in September, Liberian authorities have taken over security responsibilities for the two national prisons and are making steady progress on the four remaining tasks – security for VIPs, registration and inspection of Government-owned weapons, maritime patrolling and explosive ordnance disposal.
“The Mission remains engaged with the Liberian security agencies to advance the development of institutional structures and legal frameworks for the justice and security sectors, as well as the establishment of accountability mechanisms,” Zarif said. This includes the training and mentoring of their senior management and supporting further decentralization of security services at the regional and county levels, and the establishment of county and district security councils.
Closely linked to the security transition is the UNMIL drawdown, which will reduce the number of UNMIL uniformed personnel to 1,240 military and 606 police by 1 July. UNMIL has also continued to consolidate its civilian deployments and activities in line with the tasks mandated in resolution 2239 of September 2015. “By 30 June, UNMIL will have consolidated its county field offices into five regional offices,” he said, adding that the Mission has proposed a 30 per cent reduction in UNMIL’s civilian staffing for the 2016-2017 fiscal year beginning on 1 July.
“The closure of the field offices has been accompanied by a proactive public information campaign, including the holding of ‘town hall’ meetings between senior Government officials and local communities,” Zarif said. “I have personally attended most of these meetings to explain the objectives of the security transition, to emphasize the importance of the Liberian security actors exercising full responsibility, to remind the communities of their role in maintaining peace and security, and to assure them of the UN’s continued support,” he said.
The SRSG noted the request of the Presidents of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire for UNMIL to remain in Liberia until after the 2017 elections, as well as a petition to the Security Council from three opposition political parties and several civil society organizations calling for the postponement of UNMIL’s departure.
“The expected completion of the security transition on 30 June will be one of the most significant milestones for Liberia and the international community since the end of the country’s civil war and the signing of the peace agreement in 2003. It will also mark the beginning of a new phase in the UN’s engagement in Liberia,” he said, adding that Liberia and its partners must remain focused on sustainable peace, which will require longer term engagement and support by the international community.
The Security Council previously set 15 December as the deadline for it to decide on UNMIL’s future.
17 Mar 2016
Description: Special Representative of the Secretary-General Farid Zarif today received a petition from the Joint Action Committee (JAC) representing a number of political parties and civil society groups urging the United Nations to extend the mandate of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) beyond Liberia’s 2017 presidential and legislative elections. The UN envoy assured the JAC, headed by Mulbah Morlu, Vice Chairperson for Operations of the Congress for Democratic Change, of his intention to duly convey the petition to the UN Security Council for its consideration. In accordance with the Security Council resolution 2239 of September 2015, UNMIL is currently drawing down and the national authorities are set to assume full security responsibilities by 30 June this year, by which time the strength of the peacekeeping mission will be down to 1,240 troops and 606 police personnel. The Security Council is expected to decide the future shape of UNMIL in December this year.
11 Mar 2016