West Africa: Ebola Outbreak 2014 - 2015
One year on, the Ebola hemorrhagic fever has infected nearly 25,000 people and killed almost 10,000. Originally detected in Guinea in March 2014, the outbreak subsequently spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. In addition to causing infections and death, the outbreak has similarly caused significant and urgent needs in food, nutrition, WASH, Education, and Child Protection. To continue efforts to treat and prevent the further spread of Ebola, a number of urgent requirements are needed critically on the ground.
In January 2015, the Office of the Special Envoy for Ebola outlined these needs in the updated Overview of Needs and Requirements defining the costs of the Ebola response and preparedness activities. The ONR calls for USD$1.5 billion to respond to needs from January-June 2015. The ONR is based on the latest information available from each of the most affected countries. The national plans and budgets comprise the framework and the Overview of Needs and Requirements defines the contributions planed by the UN system as well as the major international civil society organizations
Over 200 organizations responded to Ebola across the hardest hit countries in the region.
On March 29, 2016, the WHO lifted the PHEIC status on West Africa’s Ebola situation. The impact this epidemic had on the world, and particularly West Africa, is significant. A total of 28,616 cases of EVD and 11,310 deaths were reported in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. There were an additional 36 cases and 15 deaths that occurred when the outbreak spread outside of these three countries. The table below shows the distribution of cases and deaths in countries with widespread transmission and countries affected by the epidemic.
- Global Ebola Response Coalition
- WHO - Ebola Portal
- WHO - Ebola virus disease
- WHO - Ebola virus disease outbreaks: maps
- Emergency Telecommunications Cluster
- ECHO - Ebola in West Africa
- ECHO - Ebola Response Fact Sheet
- APAN - Ebola Response Network & Communities
- Global Incident Map
- Biocaster - Global Health Monitor
- Direct Relief - West Africa Ebola Outbreak
- EVD Logistic Cluster
- OpenStreetMap - Ebola E-tracking
- Wikipedia - West Africa Ebola Response