MSF doesn't post Ebola updates as often as I'd like (daily would be nice), but it's always worth the wait. Here's the latest: Ebola crisis update - 30 January 2015. Excerpt:
While the total number of new cases has considerably decreased during the last weeks - reaching 9 confirmed cases over 17 hospitalisations in the whole country - with 13 of the country’s prefectures considered as “active”, the epidemic is still geographically spread out. Moreover, new chains of transmission have been reported in areas previously considered as Ebola-free.
To respond to this new dynamic, MSF deployed a rapid response team to intervene in the new hotspots. This team is currently intervening in Faranah where new cases have been reported. A second rapid response team should arrive shortly in the country. These teams are able to quickly identify, investigate and follow new cases and contacts, as well as quickly setting up isolation units within existing health structures.
On January 17th, the government officially launched the “0 cases in 60 days” plan.
The number and rate of health staff infections remains high, especially in private structures
There has been a slight increase in cases with 8 new admissions at Donka CTE. MSF continues outreach and community sensitization activities in the city but the level of acceptance remains low.
With 2 admissions (of which 1 confirmed case, the only one in the ETC) during the last days, the number of patients remains low. MSF launched a support intervention in the nearby town of Kissidougou, where new cases have been reported.
The favipiravir trial led by INSERM is ongoing.
Liberia has seen a sharp decline in Ebola cases. Due to the overall improvement of the situation in the country, MSF has progressively reduced its activities, and is working today in Monrovia in two facilities: the Redemption Hospital transit centre and ELWA 3. The main focus is now on surveillance, infection control and prevention, health promotion and training activities. Support of non-Ebola healthcare remains a priority.
Monrovia: ELWA 3 ETC
On 17 January, there were no Ebola patients in ELWA 3 for the first time since it opened. Currently this ETC hosts only one patient. The downsizing of the centre has begun with a first reduction from 200 to 60 beds. An additional downsizing to 30 beds is planned for the beginning of February.
In the meantime, MSF started the decommissioning of an old part of the ETC. A survivors’ clinic, aiming to offer psychosocial support, health screening and primary health care to Ebola survivors started this week.
The brincidofovir trial: The trial group is following a case by case approach for the inclusion of new patients. Trial may be resumed sooner than expected due the reduced number of patients.
I'm really happy to see that MSF is providing follow-through care for Ebola survivors. When the outbreak is over, the survivors are likely to be carefully forgotten.