Ebola/EVD: Additional Coverage [to 17 January 2015]

Ebola/EVD: Additional Coverage

UNMEER [UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response] @UNMEER #EbolaResponse

Editor’s Note: UNMEER’s website is aggregating and presenting content from various sources including its own External Situation Reports, press releases, statements and other formats.

We present a composite below from the week ending 17 January 2015. We also note that 1) a regular information category in these reports – human rights – has apparently eliminated as it no longer appears in any of the continuing updates, and 2) the content level of these reports continues, in our view, to trend less informative and less coherent. We will review continuing coverage of this material over the next few weeks.

UNMEER External Situation Reports
UNMEER External Situation Reports are issued daily (excepting Saturday) with content organized under these headings:
– Highlights
– Key Political and Economic Developments
– Human Rights
– Response Efforts and Health
– Logistics
– Outreach and Education
– Resource Mobilisation
– Essential Services
– Upcoming Events

The “Week in Review” will present highly-selected elements of interest from these reports. The full daily report is available as a pdf using the link provided by the report date.

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:: 16 Jan 2015 UNMEER External Situation Report
Response Efforts and Health
2. In Sierra Leone, the UNICEF-led Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) network have identified 15,258 children as being directly affected by the Ebola crisis (7,664 girls and 7,594 boys), with 7,968 children having lost one or both parents to Ebola and 552 unaccompanied or separated from their caregiver. 9,103 Ebola-affected children have been provided with psychosocial support.
8. The OCHA Ebola Virus Outbreak Overview of Needs and Requirements, now totaling USD 1.5 billion, has been funded for USD 1.15 billion, which is around 77% of the total ask.
Essential Services
13. The guidelines for the reopening of schools in February was shared with educational authorities in Sinoe County, Liberia. The schools need to establish a committee to oversee the implementation of the guidelines, register the students and identify people trained in IPC procedures. Medical Team International (MTI) offered to distribute the guidelines to the schools. UNICEF will provide three thermoflashes per school to 220 schools. Among the challenges and issues in instituting the guidelines are: 1) the lack of personnel to implement them in the schools (some schools have one teacher for 100 students); 2) the inaccessibility of some schools due to their remote location; 3) lack of basic equipment like printers and photocopiers to disseminate the guidelines; and 4) lack of clarity on no-touch policy for people caring for children under 3-years-old (it may not be possible to institute the policy in these cases). The general community health volunteers (gCHVs) plan to support the schools in some locations.
14. Preparations are underway for a second mass distribution of anti-malaria treatments in Ebola hotspots in Sierra Leone. An estimated 2.5 million are expected to be reached in the coming

:: 15 Jan 2015 UNMEER External Situation Report
Key Political and Economic Developments
1. According to press reports, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone predicted while visiting Port Loko, Tonkolili and Bombali in the northern District that his country would be Ebola-free by May.
2. In Forécariah, Kindia Prefecture, Guinea, following the lynching of two police officers and a driver by the local population on 17 January, tension remains high. Evaluation team for the campaign “Zero Ebola in 60 days” reported that several villages were currently inaccessible due to the heightened tension.

:: 14 Jan 2015 UNMEER External Situation Report
Key Political and Economic Developments
1. UNDP is leading an Early Recovery Assessment mission in the three most affected countries. The mission includes representatives from the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the European Union and UN agencies. In Liberia, the mission met with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, as well as with Ministers and Deputy Ministers, the Governance Commission, Land Commission, Civil Services Agency and the leadership of the IMS and UNMEER. The mission is today in Sierra Leone and will then travel to Guinea before compiling a plan for early recovery in the three most affected countries.
2. The Islamic Development Bank (IDB), has announced financing in the amount of USD 35 million to countries affected by Ebola.
Response Efforts and Health
3. Health workers have been paid across Liberia in a coordinated effort led by the Ministry of Health and supported by UNDP and UNMEER. In total, more than USD 1 million in cash was distributed to thousands of workers, with Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance and UNDP staff travelling to remote areas over the past six days. Logistics assistance was provided by WFP and UNMEER, as well as the County Health Teams. The Ministry is now collecting data from the field and will report on final numbers this week.
6. As of last week, the number of children in Liberia registered as orphaned due to EVD is 4,372. All of the children identified are currently receiving follow-up and psychosocial support. The Child Protection Sub-Cluster estimates that there can be as many as 7,500 Ebola orphans in Liberia. UNICEF is partnering with the government and NGOs to train and engage more social workers to identify and ensure that all the orphans are in an adequately protective environment.

:: 13 Jan 2015 UNMEER External Situation Report
Key Political and Economic Developments
3. Two new World Bank reports indicate that the socio-economic impacts of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone are far-reaching and persistent. 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.
Outreach and Education
14. UNICEF, in partnership with the Monrovia and Paynesville city councils, Liberia launched Operation Stop Ebola – a mass media, community outreach and engagement campaign targeting 900,000 people or about 80 percent of the population of Montserrado County. To this end, 170 commissioners, governors and community leaders have been trained.
15. In Sierra Leone, social mobilizers from various agencies mobilized 782 religious leaders and 2,077 community leaders and reached 11,003 households to inform them about improvements in services and to mobilize people to seek early care and treatment. The intensification resulted in an increase in number of calls to the 117 hotline to report sick or suspected cases or to seek information and care. It also led to an increase in ‘walk-ins’ and

:: 12 Jan 2015 UNMEER External Situation Report
Response Efforts and Health
3. WFP has finalised the rehabilitation of a hospital in Kambia, Sierra Leone, to be managed by Partners in Health (PiH). This hospital will be used as a Holding Centre with 40 beds and on 9 January was officially inaugurated by President Ernest Bai Koroma. WFP has the capacity to provide additional necessary equipment and staff to support the construction of additional wings at the hospital; this Centre could be extended to become an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) with a capacity to hold up to 100 beds, by erecting an additional 10m x 24m Mobile Storage Unit (MSU).