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School books with Ebola messages to be given to Liberian students | A World At School

School books with Ebola messages to be given to Liberian students | A World At School | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

Thousands of school exercise books with information about Ebola are to be distributed to children in poor communities across Liberia.


The 3000 books will be handed out by the United Nations Mission in Liberia when the government gives the go-ahead for students to return to schools that have been closed by the health crisis.


Osman Benk Sankoh, who is head of the mission's Community Outreach Unit, said: "Eight months down the line, the kids of Liberia (and of course Guinea and Sierra Leone) have been denied the right to go to school.

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WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks'

WHO vows reform after Ebola 'shocks' | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization sets out plans for reform, admitting it was too slow to respond to the "horrific" Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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LIBERIA | Just five Ebola cases left

LIBERIA | Just five Ebola cases left | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
The United Nations said on Saturday Liberia was dealing with just five remaining cases of Ebola, in the clearest sign yet that the country is nearing the end of the outbreak.
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Ebola Outbreak Fact Sheet #17 (FY 15) | U.S. Agency for International Development

Ebola Outbreak Fact Sheet #17 (FY 15) | U.S. Agency for International Development | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
Malian authorities and WHO announce the end of the EVD outbreak in Mali following two 21-day cycles without anew confirmed case in the country.
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West African Ebola Epidemic after One Year — Slowing but Not Yet under Control — NEJM

West African Ebola Epidemic after One Year — Slowing but Not Yet under Control — NEJM | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
Correspondence from The New England Journal of Medicine — West African Ebola Epidemic after One Year — Slowing but Not Yet under Control

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Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, December 26, 2014 7:48 AM
West African Ebola Epidemic after One Year — Slowing but Not Yet under Control

December 24, 2014DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1414992

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These people survived Ebola - here are their stories

These people survived Ebola - here are their stories | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
Almost a year after the Ebola outbreak started in West Africa, no cure has been found and the death toll has climbed to almost 8,000 – but survivors are giving people hope.
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Ebola Orphans Challenge West African Culture

Ebola Orphans Challenge West African Culture | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

..."Families in Africa in a normal situation would take children in two seconds," said Sister Barbara Brillant, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary who leads Liberia’s National Catholic Health Council and its Ebola response. "But right now they’re not. I want to believe the families will take them once the fear has died down or a vaccine is available."


Hundreds of children wind up, at least temporarily, in institutions or group homes where they’re quarantined for up to 21 days while awaiting Ebola testing results or the onset of symptoms. Brooks characterized these settings as "an emergency intervention," noting that workers in the UNICEF-led family tracing and reunification network start trying to identifying kinship or other placements almost immediately....

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Ebola- What next and where?

Ebola- What next and where? | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
West Africa's Ebola epidemic has cruelly exposed the weaknesses of health systems in the countries where it struck. It was understandable that they were not prepared for Ebola, which has never been reported in the region before, but the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, says what they lacked was a robust public health infrastructure to deal with the unexpected.
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KENYA | Ebola Vaccine Trial Begins

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) has begun a trial of the VSV-Ebola vaccine, Kenya's The Star reported Friday (December 19th).

In a statement, the institute announced it had initiated the Phase 1 trial by administering the first dose of the vaccine to a health worker on Wednesday at Kilifi County Hospital.


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UN Ebola response efforts at ‘full capacity’ following warehouse fire | WFP

UN Ebola response efforts at ‘full capacity’ following warehouse fire | WFP | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has reported that a main United Nations logistics hub managed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Guinea is fully operational despite the fire that swept through the facility last week threatening medicines and laboratory materials used in the fight against Ebola.

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Ebola response roadmap - Situation report update 24 December 2014

Ebola response roadmap - Situation report update 24 December 2014 | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

Highlights


  • There have been 19 497 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7588 reported deaths.

  • Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.

  • There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone, although the country’s west is now experiencing the most intense transmission in the affected countries. Response efforts have been strengthened to curb the spread of disease in the area.

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Peter Piot interview: 'I never imagined the Ebola virus would get out of control'

Peter Piot interview: 'I never imagined the Ebola virus would get out of control' | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

In 1976, when Peter Piot, a young Belgian microbiologist, was sent to investigate an outbreak of a mysterious virus in a remote part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire), he could never have predicted how the new pathogen that he viewed through his microscope would change his life – nor the devastation it would cause nearly four decades later...

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UN Mission in Liberia member contacts Ebola

UN Mission in Liberia member contacts Ebola | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
A fourth member of the United Nation Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has tested positive for Ebola and been hospitalized. The UN secretary-general's special representative for Liberia said the UN member tested positive on Tuesday and was immediately transferred to an Ebola treatment unit. - See more at: http://cameroon-concord.com/news/health/item/1940-un-mission-in-liberia-member-contacts-ebola?__scoop_post=ab89e730-8c63-11e4-f6bc-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=3417142#__scoop_post=ab89e730-8c63-11e4-f6bc-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=3417142
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First conviction in Sierra Leone under Ebola laws

A village chief has become the first person in Sierra Leone to be jailed under laws aimed at preventing the spread of the Ebola virus, court officials and lawyers said on Tuesday.


Amadu Kargbo was sentenced to six months in jail by a court in the south-western city of Moyamba for secretly burying the dead and failing to report a sick patient, court official Foday Fofanah told AFP.


He was also fined $235 and ordered to spend 21 days in quarantine before going to jail.

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Economic impact of Ebola less severe than first thought: World Bank

Economic impact of Ebola less severe than first thought: World Bank | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

The economic impact of Ebola on African economies in 2015 will be less severe than previously thought, the World Bank said in a report on Tuesday, causing just a fraction of the more than $25 billion in losses first expected.


The GDP impact on countries beyond the three directly affected -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- is now estimated at $500 million as governments make progress in fighting the disease.

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Post-Ebola plan needed to avert

Post-Ebola plan needed to avert | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
Adults cut back on food in order to feed their children, as incomes decline and food prices climb in Ebola-hit areas


The three West African countries worst hit by Ebola risk a "double disaster" unless a multi-million dollar plan is put in place to help their economies recover, Oxfam said on Tuesday.

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Lessons from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Lessons from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
What Ebola's spread teaches about responding to infectious disease.
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Clinical trial for potential Ebola treatment started in MSF clinic in Guinea

Clinical trial for potential Ebola treatment started in MSF clinic in Guinea | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
A clinical trial for a possible treatment for Ebola started in Guinea on the 17th of December.
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WHO: Ebola Death Toll Rises To 7,693 In West Africa

WHO: Ebola Death Toll Rises To 7,693 In West Africa | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
The World Health Organization announced Friday that the death toll from Ebola in West Africa has grown to 7,693. There have been nearly 20,000 cases reported since the outbreak began last year.
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Santa hats and spray paint spruce up Ebola gear for Christmas

Santa hats and spray paint spruce up Ebola gear for Christmas | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
Ebola workers dress up as Santa, elves and Frosty the Snowman to bring some cheer to a treatment unit in Liberia.

Via VERONICA LESTER
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Hunger Is a Less Visible, but Real Side Effect of Ebola | WFP

Hunger Is a Less Visible, but Real Side Effect of Ebola | WFP | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

A recent report estimates that Canada wastes more than $30 billion worth of food each year.


That's a sobering statistic that brings me back to late October of this year when I attended an annual meeting of the World Food Programme (WFP) and its NGO partners who are together fighting hunger around the world....


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ZIMBABWE | Screening for Ebola Intensifies

Zimbabweans based in South Africa heading home for the festive season face long hours at the Beitbridge border post as they will go through a meticulous screening process for the Ebola disease.
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WFP Distributes Food to Help Stop Ebola Spread in Sierra Leone

WFP Distributes Food to Help Stop Ebola Spread in Sierra Leone | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

The World Food Programme reports that food distribution is being used to help prevent the spread Of Ebola in Sierra Leone.

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Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown

Sierra Leone declares Ebola lockdown | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it
A lockdown is declared in northern Sierra Leone, with shops and travel services shut for at least three days, in a bid to contain the Ebola virus.
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Ebola crisis likely to last a year, says expert

Ebola crisis likely to last a year, says expert | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

West Africa's Ebola crisis is likely to last until the end of 2015, says a leading researcher who helped to discover the virus.

Peter Piot, who has just returned from Sierra Leone, told the BBC that he was encouraged by progress there and by the promise of new anti-viral therapies.

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ETHIOPIA | African nations should be more engaged in Ebola fight

ETHIOPIA | African nations should be more engaged in Ebola fight | Ebola Outbreak 2014 | Scoop.it

African nations need to be more engaged in the fight against the Ebola virus and stop relying on aid from Western governments, Ethiopia's prime minister said Monday.


Hailemariam Desalegn said the response to the epidemic in west Africa should not be "only for the non-Africans", urging African states to respond to an African Union appeal to send medical staff to affected areas.

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