The United Nations has appealed for $1 billion needed for the first six months of 2015 to sustain the momentum to stamp out Ebola in West Africa, where ‘the epidemic has started to turn’ in all three of the worst-hit countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Continue reading
I have now been here two weeks. During my last visit in April the first cases of ebola had appeared. Deaths had been reported in Sierra Leone and before that in the neighboring countries of Guinea and Liberia. Only MSF (Medicins Sans Frontieres) were warning of the seriousness of the outbreak but at the time no one was heeding the warnings, neither the local governments nor the international community. Since then the ebola virus has ravaged this part of West Africa. Continue reading
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 concerns13 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
The Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace” today publishes its document “Expanding the Catholic Church’s commitment to the Ebola emergency response”, in which it describes for the first time its pastoral response to a relatively new disease which has devastated communities above all in the countries of Western Africa, especially Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Continue reading
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
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
A friend posted on Facebook several days ago that now is not the best time to travel to the US with a Sierra Leonean passport. My comment came quickly, I wouldn’t agree less. But I think he’d gone a bit far. Why not think closer to home? Let me share an emotional but interesting story with you, as I experienced a 3-hour journey turned into a 12-day trip across six countries. Thanks to the Ebola disease outbreak. Continue reading