ChildFund International has mounted a response to the Ebola outbreak in the three affected countries; Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The three month response intervention will focus on awareness raising activities and provision of hygiene kits for children and families. Working in collaboration with the National Governments, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and other health related organisations this strategy will help to contain the present situation and at the same time serve as a sustainability measure since the knowledge gained will be in the communities for the long run.
WHO’s latest update states a cumulative total of 151 cases, including 95 deaths had officially been reported from Guinea. Medical observation is continuing for 535 contacts. There have been no new cases in health-care workers since the last report and no new areas are affected.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia has reported a cumulative total of 5 laboratory confirmed cases and 16 suspected cases of Ebola virus disease, including 10 deaths. All 5 laboratory confirmed cases have died. The date of onset of the most recent confirmed case is 6 April, with 6 patients currently hospitalised. At present 28 contacts remain under medical observation.
There has been no change in the situation in Sierra Leone.
Mali and Ghana are investigating suspected cases but so far none have been confirmed.
This is a rapidly changing situation. So far, WHO has not recommended that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Guinea, Liberia, Mali or Sierra Leone based on the current information available. ChildFund’s Emergency Management Unit and the West Africa Regional sub-office will continue to monitor the situation and provide support to the national offices as appropriate.