Via ReliefWeb, UNICEF has published Liberia Ebola Virus Disease: SitRep #34, 09 July 2014. Click through to download the PDF. The key points and then a comment:
• As of 08 July, three (3) new suspected EVD cases have been reported in Liberia.
• According to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) the total number of suspected, probable and confirmed EVD cases reported for Outbreak #2 now stands at one hundred thirty-three (133). Of these, a total of sixty-two (62) are confirmed as EVD positive cases. The total number of deaths for Outbreak #2 in confirmed, probable, and suspected cases now stands at eighty (80). Thirty-eight (38) deaths have been confirmed as EVD positive cases.
• Foya in Lofa County, and New Kru Town in Montserrado County, remain the epicentres of this Ebola outbreak.
• According to the MOHSW, emphasis has been placed on improving case surveillance and tracking of contacts, as the number of actual cases could otherwise be under-reported.
• UNICEF continues to provide active support to the response in coordination with National Task Force (NTF) sub-committees. On 8 July, UNICEF trained 50 religious leaders on how to sensitize their congregations on EVD, and provided the group with 50 flip charts and 1000 posters.
• UNICEF’s estimated funding requirement for the EVD outbreak response is US$1.59 million. The current funding gap remains at US$1.27 million. Funding is urgently required to replenish supplies and continue support to the EVD prevention and response efforts.
Something I note from reading a lot of ReliefWeb reports: they always have to beg. We need some kind of global health insurance system that would guarantee adequate responses to outbreaks like this one (not to mention fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals).
As I noted in a Tyee article this spring, 80% of children's brain development happens (or doesn't happen) in the first five years of life. If it doesn't happen, you get predictably bad results.