Ebola/EVD: UNFPA, UN Women, DFID [to 25 October 2014]

UNFPA United Nations Population Fund
20 October 2014 – Dispatch
Pregnant in the shadow of Ebola: Deteriorating health systems endanger women
MONROVIA, Liberia – Thirty-six year old Comfort Fayiah, in Monrovia, Liberia, never imagined her pregnancy would end the way it did – with her giving birth on the side of the road, in a heavy downpour, to twins. Throughout the three countries worst affected by the Ebola crisis, many women are refusing to seek care from health centres, and some overwhelmed, undersupplied health facilities are turning away those who arrive.
UN Women
UN Women mourns loss of Sierra Leone colleague to Ebola
Date : October 20, 2014
UN Women is deeply saddened by the passing away of our colleague Mr. Edmond Bangura-Sesay on Saturday, 18 October, after testing positive for the Ebola virus. Mr. Bangura-Sesay served with great dedication since 2005 as the driver for the UN Women Office in Sierra Leone.


Selected Releases
:: UK secures €1 billion European Ebola commitment
24 October 2014 DFID and Number 10 Press release
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has secured a €1 billion (£800 million) funding pledge at the European Council meetings in Brussels, following a call for European leaders to do more to fight the disease in West Africa.
As part of the commitment, the UK has boosted its own response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa by £80 million, bringing its total contribution to more than £200 million.
The Prime Minister wrote to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, and fellow leaders last week to warn of the need to act fast to contain and defeat this deadly virus, stating that “if we do not significantly step up our collective response now, the loss of life and damage to the political, economic and social fabric of the region will be substantial and the threat posed to our citizens will also grow.”…

:: Tenth British aid flight delivers medicines for Ebola treatment facilities in Sierra Leone
23 October 2014 DFID Press release

:: Better global disability data needed to ensure no one is left behind
23 October 2014 DFID Press release
The international community needs to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind, International Development Minster Lynne Featherstone said today.
Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for better data collection on disability prevalence in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries.
Speaking at the Disability Data Conference today in London (23 October 2014), Ms Featherstone, alongside co-hosts Akiko Ito, Chief of the Secretariat for the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Research Centre, called on international development donors, civil society organisations and academics to strengthen the quality of information they collect about disability by using a single method of data collection….