Via ReliefWeb: UNICEF-Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #31, 02 July 2014. Click through to download the PDF. The key points:
· As of 11 pm on 01 July, two (2) new suspected EVD cases, and two (2) confirmed cases have been reported. With these changes, the total number of suspected, probable and confirmed cases reported for Outbreak #2 now stands at one hundred (100). A total of ten (10) cases have been reported among health care workers, including eight (8) deaths.
· A total of forty-eight (48) confirmed cases, including twenty-seven (27) from Lofa County, one (1) from Margibi County, and twenty (20) from Montserrado County are reported.
· The total number of Ebola-related deaths for Outbreak #2 in confirmed, probable, and suspected cases now stands at sixty-one (61) with thirty-two (32) in Lofa County, two (2) in Margibi County, and twenty-seven (27) in Montserrado County. Thirty (30) deaths have been confirmed as EVD positive cases.
· Foya, Lofa County, and New Kru Town, Montserrado County, remain the epicentres of this Ebola outbreak. The outbreak continues to grow in scale. Priority areas for immediate action are comprehensive contact tracing and coordination among national task force (NTF) subcommittees.
· UNICEF’s Communication Section continues to actively support the engagement over 124 full time animators from partner organizations and 180 religious leaders in affected counties. All EVD messages and announcements will continue to air on 16 FM radio stations in Montserrado County and 30 community radio stations across the nation with UNICEF support. The Communications, Health and WASH Units continue to actively support the contact tracing and case management sub-committees.
· UNICEF’s estimated funding requirement for Ebola-related Communications for Development (C4D), Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) interventions stands at approximately US$1.59 million. The current funding gap has increased to US$1.27 million.