Via ReliefWeb, UNICEF has published Liberia Ebola Outbreak: SitRep #18, 21 April 2014. Click through to download the full report. The key points:
• The total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases stands at 27; Ebola-related deaths stands at 13; and confirmed Ebola cases stands at six.
• The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) is in the midst of “cleaning” existing Ebola case data, including exclusion of cases that tested negative for the virus. The Ebola statistics are likely to change accordingly in the coming days.
• Foya, Lofa County, remains the epicentre of the Ebola epidemic. However, suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in Lofa (10), Margibi (6), Bong (5), Nimba (4), Montserrado (1) and Grand Cape Mount (1) Counties.
• Over the weekend, the UNICEF-contracted interpersonal communication (IPC) team in Foya visited churches, met with community groups, attended the market day and interacted with local leaders about Ebola. The team reached some 3,000 parishioners in their church outreach alone. Similar outreach is being conducted by the UNICEF field coordinators in Voinjama and Foya, and by the IPC teams in Voinjama, Zorzor and Kolahun Districts.
• UNICEF’s estimated funding requirement for Ebola-related C4D, Health and WASH interventions stands at approximately US$500,000 for the period from 21 March to 21 June. Several donors have committed support to this budget. With this support, the current funding gap is US$270,000.