A week is an eternity in epidemics as in politics, so this report via ReliefWeb from the UN Country Team might seem outdated: Liberia: Ebola Outbreak Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 1 as of 07/08/2014. Still, it deserves attention. First the highlights, then some comment:
• President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf calls for a State of Emergency citing serious risks of Ebola to the health, safety, security and welfare of the nation.
• Reports of increased cases of Ebola remain worrisome; with some 20 new infections and 10 deaths on a daily average.
• The Liberia’s operational plan for accelerated response to the reoccurrence of Ebola Epidemic launched by the President on 31 July 2014.
• Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone met with the WHO Director General in Conakry Guinea on 1 August and adopted resolutions aimed at harmonizing and embracing common strategies to eradicate Ebola from the sub-region.
I printed out the 6-page report and found this passage:
The situation has significantly worsened over the past week [August 1-6] following numerous constraints in hospitals, health centres and treatment centres; in particular, reduced absorption capacity as cases of Ebola continue to increase throughout the country.Further exacerbating the situation is the continued upsurge of infections among health workers (74 cases and 33 deaths reported as of 6 August). This has had a substantial implication on service provision resulting in closure of operations by Samaritan Purse (who were managing ELWA and Foya treatment centres) and St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital.
Coordination, Logistics and Finance: US$7 million gapEpidemiology and Laboratory: US$0.5 million gapCase Management, IPC and Psychosocial Support: US$8.3 million gapSocial Mobilization and Communication: US$0.38 million gap