Via ReliefWeb: United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Weekly Situational Analysis. the first five of nine points:
1. This crisis will get worse before it gets better. The number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases continues to increase and has now reached 10,141 with 4922 deaths. The first case has been reported in Mali, a two-year-old girl who subsequently lost her life and may have had contact with up to 43 individuals while symptomatic. Another case has also been reported in the US, a medical worker returning from Guinea.
2. The health consequences of EVD are severe. Yet the longer the outbreak continues, the greater also will be the economic, social and political cost. Concerns grow as to political and social stability, food security and economic livelihoods across all three of the most affected countries - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Isolated riots and demonstrations have occurred, restrictions of movement have increased tensions, farm production is anaemic, and reduced trade and economic activity is leading to job losses, including in the international mining sector and service industries.
3. In response to the worsening situation, countries within the region or linked by major air routes, continue to tighten restrictions on travel to and from the affected countries. This is despite clear statements from the WHO, World Bank and others, that such strategies will not contain the spread of EVD, will hinder the humanitarian response to the crisis, and worsen the economic strain on these now increasingly isolated economies.
4. Implementation of the EVD response continues with calm urgency. A clear operational framework, developed by the UN system and key partners, has now been agreed to start ‘bending back the curve’ of the number of EVD cases. If the framework targets - 70 per cent of cases isolated and 70 per cent of burials conducted safely and in a dignified manner - can be met by December 1 (70-70-60), it will be possible to bring this EVD outbreak under control. UNMEER SRSG Banbury has now consulted with the leaders of the most affected countries on the operational framework, which will support the on-going implementation of tailored national response plans.
5. UNMEER will continue to play a role as ‘crisis manager’ across each of the affected countries, supporting the efforts of others and filling gaps where appropriate.