Tag Archives: Ebola

Chinese see ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity’ in (Ebola) crisis. What do West Africans see?

17 Jan

I like Wu Jianmin, a former Chinese ambassador to the United States who now advises his country’s foreign ministry, particularly for his stance in defence of his compatriots when asked a question by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour regarding a purportedly callous attitude of some Chinese businesspeople who tend to place moneymaking above life-saving in West Africa. Continue reading

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Sierra Leone Ebola Outbreak Update —January 16, 2015

16 Jan

DISCHARGED CASES – • Total Survived and Discharged Cases = 2,127  NEW CASES – • New Confirmed cases = 6 as follows: Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 1 Bombali = 0, Kambia = 1, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 0, Tonkolili = 0 Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 1, Pujehun = 0  Western Area Urban = 2, Western Area Rural = 1, Missing = 0 Continue reading

Ebola outbreak may contribute to 60% crumble of Gambia’s economy despite no reported case

15 Jan

Though The Gambia remains completely free of Ebola, the crisis has caused a deep decline in tourism related activities, the economy’s principal foreign currency earner. A mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Bhaswar Mukhopadhyay, visited Banjul from January 8-14, 2015 to assess the effects of this shock to the Gambian economy and explored the possibility of agreeing on a Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) arrangement with the IMF. Continue reading

UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) – External Situation Report – 15 January 2015

15 Jan

KEY POINTS
President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone reportedly predicted that his country would be Ebola-free by May.
 WHO announced that Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have recorded their lowest weekly number of new cases for months.
 The Logistics Cluster will provide an additional free-of-charge flight at a date to be determined. Continue reading

Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone: World Bank reports point to declines in employment, food insecurity, and long-term welfare concerns

13 Jan

The socio-economic impacts of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone are far-reaching and persistent, according to two new World Bank Group reports. Both countries continue to experience job losses, despite their differing health outlooks. These impacts have not been limited to the areas where infections have been the highest, which points to economy-wide slowdowns. As a result, many households have been forced to take short-term actions to cope, which can have substantial long-term effects on welfare. Continue reading

Ebola: Liberia deploys team to Sierra Leone

12 Jan

According to reports from the Liberian news agency, a 20-member Ebola team has been deployed from the country to neighbouring Sierra Leone, a move described by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as “wonderful and good news that must be celebrated.” Continue reading

Most intense Ebola transmission in West Africa reported in western Sierra Leone – UN

31 Dec

The number of Ebola cases is fluctuating in Guinea, decreasing in Liberia and showing signs the increase has slowed in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today as the UN development agency said it is helping the Liberian Government build border posts to cut the cross-border spread of infection in West Africa. Continue reading

UN wants debt relief for Ebola hard-hit countries

15 Dec

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) today recommended that creditors should seriously consider debt cancellation for the countries worst-hit by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Continue reading

West Africa: Ebola now, integration later (2)

13 Dec

“Did they hate Nigerians that much? How could someone have brought the disease to Nigeria to inflict us?” “Foolish Nigerians! Did Liberians create the disease?” “Whoever is caught entering Nigeria with the disease should be injected to die instantly…”

Continued from https://oluseguntoday.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/west-africa-ebola-now-integration-later-1-2/) Since all regional flights to and from Sierra Leone serving other West African states had been suspended, my only option would have been to fly SN Brussels from Sierra Leone to Belgium then back to Cote d’Ivoire. Insane, isn’t it? Continue reading

Crowdsource mapping aids Ebola fight in West Africa

4 Nov

Online volunteers from more than 80 countries around the world are participating in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Aid workers from agencies such as the American Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) are at the front in the war against Ebola. But they depend on volunteers from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to map the affected region, especially the worst-hit countries—Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Continue reading

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