UN Agencies – Ebola/EVD [to 18 Oxctober 2014]

OHCHR – Press Conference (Geneva, 16 October 2014)
16 Oct 2014 – Initial Press Conference by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Includes commentary on Ebola crisis in West Africa. As noted in the UNMEER External Situation Report, “he stated that respect for the rights of survivors and affected communities are at risk of being sacrificed. He also stressed that a disregard for human rights to things like health, education, sanitation and good governance had allowed Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to become fertile ground for the outbreak in the first place.”
Video: http://webtv.un.org/watch/ohchr-press-conference-geneva-16-october-2014/3842390019001

:: UNICEF Ebola response: Survivors to join fight against deadly virus in Sierra Leone
GENEVA/KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 15 October 2014 – Thirty-five Ebola survivors are meeting this week in Kenema, one of the epicentres of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, to share their experience of Ebola, learn how to deal with its psychological aftermath, and find ways to help infected community members.
:: Handwashing one important tool in the Ebola fight – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 15 October 2014 – As the world celebrates the seventh Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF said the fight against Ebola further underscores the practice of handwashing in disease prevention.

UNFPA United Nations Population Fund
16 October 2014 – Press Release
Ebola Wiping Out Gains in Safe Motherhood
UNITED NATIONS, New York — As the world intensifies its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the needs of pregnant women must be addressed urgently to save the lives of mothers and infants, warns UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
14 October 2014 – Dispatch
Sierra Leone’s contact tracers work to curtail Ebola outbreak
KAILAHUN/NEW YORK – As Ebola infections continue to escalate at an alarming rate in West Africa, UNFPA-trained contact tracers in Sierra Leone are playing a vital role in mitigating the public health crisis. Rapid identification, isolation and care by health workers using strict infection control measures could curtail the outbreak.

UNDP United Nations Development Programme
14 Oct 2014
Community Mobilization, Local Investment Needed to Win Fight Against Ebola, says UN
West African countries, supported by a well-coordinated international response, can achieve a breakthrough in the battle against Ebola if every effort is made to treat and contain the disease, involve communities and invest in the local economy, said representatives from the United Nations.
13 Oct 2014
UNDP calls for greater community involvement to combat Ebola in West Africa
Local associations hold the key to beating Ebola in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said UN development officials as they completed their visit to Freetown.

UN Women
:: Women mobilize to halt the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone
October 13, 2014
Door-to-door volunteers and traditional chiefs are educating and gathering information in their communities on prevention and the impact of the Ebola virus on women.

USAID [to 18 October2014]
:: USAID Administrator Announces $142 Million in Humanitarian Assistance Grants and Projects for Ebola Response in West Africa
October 15, 2014
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced nearly $142 million in humanitarian projects and grants to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Shah made the announcement after meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in the capital city of Monrovia.

Selected Releases
:: Further UK aid supplies arrive in Freetown to tackle Ebola outbreak
12 October 2014 DFID Press release

World Bank
:: African Finance Ministers Call for Increased Support to West Africa’s Ebola Crisis
WASHINGTON, October 14, 2014—Ministers of finance from four African countries on October 11th called on the international community, including the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF), to speed up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis and to further support Sub Saharan Africa’s need for improved agriculture, security and increased access to energy and water.The ministers, from Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Chad and Kenya, spoke during the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings African Ministers Press Conference.

MSF/Médecins Sans Frontières
Sierra Leone: MSF Suspends Emergency Pediatric and Maternal Services in Gondama
October 16, 2014
BRUSSELS—Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has made the very difficult decision to temporarily suspend medical activities at its hospital near Bo, Sierra Leone, because of the strain of responding to the Ebola outbreak in the country, the organization said today.