Why Ebola is back in Guinea and why the response must be different this time

Jacqueline Weyer Senior Medical Scientist, National Institute for Communicable Diseases New reports of Ebola in Guinea are causing anxiety given the history of the West Africa outbreak of 2014-2016. This was the largest Ebola outbreak reported to date — 28,000 cases were recorded, including 11,000 deaths. It originated in Guinea and then spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The confirmed cases this time have been reported from the southeast of Guinea about 800km by road from the capital, Conakry, but only about 100km from various border points with Liberia and…

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UNICEF Somalia Humanitarian Situation Report No. 1, Reporting Period: 1 January to 31 January 2021

Highlights • The child protection programme reached 7,264 people with mental health and psychosocial support services, of whom 72 per cent were children. • UNICEF and implementing partners provided essential health services, through out-patient clinic consultations to 16,133 children under-5 years and 12,402 women in prioritized areas of South-Central Somalia. • Ante-natal consultations were provided to 8,552 pregnant women and 1,736 women gave birth with the help of a qualified assistant. • A total of 15,646 children were reached with lifesaving severe acute malnutrition treatment. • 23 classrooms and 30…

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