Humanitarian Health Action

Liberia: working with communities is the key to stopping Ebola

October 2014 -- Eight weeks ago, when Dr Peter Clement arrived in Lofa County, Liberia, from WHO’s office in Monrovia, 20-30 patients were coming to the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital with Ebola-like symptoms every day. People living in the community were afraid, civil unrest was simmering, and ambulance and health workers were being targeted.

Health in Liberia - Ebola virus disease

September 2014 -- The outbreak in Liberia, where case counts are increasing exponentially, is by far the most worrisome. Last week, 113 new cases were reported over a single 24-hour period – easily breaking records at all outbreak sites. Fourteen of the country’s 15 counties have now reported cases. Throughout the country, very few treatment beds are available for the management of Ebola patients.

Ebola situation in Liberia: non-conventional interventions needed

Liberia: Ebola virus disease samples transported from Liberia to Guekedou in Ghana to be examined in safe laboratory.
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Liberia: Ebola virus disease samples transported from Liberia to Guekedou in Ghana to be examined in safe laboratory.

8 September 2014 -- During the past weeks, a WHO team of emergency experts worked together with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and members of her government to assess the Ebola situation in Liberia. Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially.

Ebola virus in Liberia