Via ReliefWeb, a UNICEF report: Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #25, 18 June 2014. Click through to download the PDF. The key points:
· On Tuesday, 17 June, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Montserrado County, to console health workers following the death of their colleague, a nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient. The President thanked the staff for their work and reiterated the Government’s commitment to fighting the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
· Four (4) new suspected cases of Ebola were reported in Lofa County, bringing to 26 the total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases reported since Outbreak #2 began on 29 May. Ebola-related deaths still stands at 16.
· UNICEF is printing 15,000 additional Ebola awareness posters for dissemination by all partners, as well as 1,000 Ebola flipcharts for use by animators and communicators working at the community level.
· UNICEF and other partners have identified a total of 472 animators and communicators for interpersonal communication (IPC) and community engagement activities in Monsterrado County, and another 30 for Lof County. The 472 for Montserrado will be divided into teams, and UNICEF will lead an orientation for leaders of the teams at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) tomorrow, 19 June.
· To further bolster IPC efforts, UNICEF has also enlisted the support of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL), which will assist in getting the word out about Ebola.
· UNICEF is providing one vehicle to the MoHSW to assist with the Ebola response, and is working with the Ministry to distribute essential supply items and provide other needed logistical support.
· UNICEF’s estimated funding requirement for Ebola-related Communications for Development (C4D), Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions stands at approximately US$500,000. This figure may rise as the outbreak continues. The current funding gap remains US$187,000.