Parable: "When it rains, it doesn't rain on one man's house"
Blood Ebola survivors tested as short-term treatment option
If proven effective, this straightforward intervention could be scaled up in the short term
ANTWERP, Belgium, October 23, 2014/ -- An international research consortium led by the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (ITM) (http://www.itg.be) will assess whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors could help infected patients to fight off the disease. If proven effective, this straightforward intervention could be scaled up in the short term and provide an urgently needed treatment option for patients in West Africa.
The researchers receive € 2.9 million of European Union (EU) funding to evaluate the safety and efficacy of treatment with blood and plasma made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients. Full story...
Ebola Turnover Ceremony
In early August, 2014, The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia, Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, consistent with the obligation of her office, sounded the battle cry against the invading Ebola virus disease, and declared a state of national emergency. The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. promptly responded.
We made SOS calls to our International Organizations based in the United States, requesting medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for distribution to medical facilities in Ebola affected areas of Liberia. As a result of this request, a 40 ft container with assorted medical supplies, valued at $600,000 USD, will be arriving in Monrovia in early November.
These supplies will be given to medical facilities and health workers around the country. Full story...
Liberia's first Ebola private sector group ramps up collective efforts
Monrovia, October 22, 2014 - The private sector in Liberia continues to make good progress in responding to the Ebola epidemic. At the second meeting of the Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group (EPSMG) on Monday, 13 October at the Monrovia City Hall, major companies in Liberia agreed on several measures to strengthen collaboration in support of the fight against the virus. These measures include defining priorities to support the Ebola response within a three-month period, defining in-country capacities of the Group and enhancing coordination through four clusters or thematic areas.
The EPSMG was established in September 2014 by companies operating in West Africa to advocate for a global, collective response to the Ebola virus disease, and to mobilize in-country resources to support the humanitarian and healthcare first responders. In Liberia, members of the EPSMG include ArcelorMittal; Equatorial Palm Oil; ExxonMobil; Golden Veroleum; Morweh Energy Group; Lonestar Cell MTN; Vedanta Western Cluster; Putu Iron Ore Mining; Total Liberia; Monurent; Aureus Mining Company; Chevron; and Price Waterhouse Coopers, among others. Full story...
African Union Chairperson Arrives in Liberia for Official Visit
Monrovia, Wednesday, October 22, 2014: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma at the head of a 14-member delegation arrives in Liberia on Thursday, October 23, 2014 for a one-day official visit. The visit of the African Union Chairperson to Liberia is part of her tour of the three countries worst affected by the Ebola Virus Disease. The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa (ECA) Dr. Carlos Lopes is accompanying her on a visit that will take the delegation to Sierra Leone and Guinea. Full story...
U.S. CDC OFFICIAL WARNS AGAINST UNSAFE BURIALS
MONROVIA, October 14 (LINA) - Dr. Frank Mahoney, a medical officer of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has said it is advisable to always perform proper burial protocols because the body of an Ebola victim is then highly concentrated with the virus.
According to Dr. Mahoney, when the virus gets released more into secretions such as saliva and sweat that is when it becomes more dangerous. Full story...
SENATE CITES CSA DIRECTOR GENERAL TO APPEAR THURSDAY
MONROVIA, October 14 (LINA) - The Liberian Senate has cited the Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to appear on Thursday, October 14, to clarify allegations of a permanent dismissal of non-essential government staff.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the body took the decision Tuesday following the reading of a communication dated October 13 from Senators Geraldine Doe Sheriff of Montserrado and George Tengbeh of Lofa Counties, informing the body of a request by the CSA to government ministries and agencies to submit names of "non-essential staff", to be removed from the payroll permanently. Full story...
Interesting Reading: "Ebola - Bioeconomic Warfare"
Japan Aids Liberia, Sierra Leone's Ebola Fight With Ambulances, Medical Equipment
Monrovia, October 10,2014: The Government of Japan has donated eleven ambulances and several medical equipment worth over Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$800,000) to Liberia and Sierra Leone respectively to help the two West African nations fight the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
A Foreign Ministry release says Liberia will get Four Hundred Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Nine United States Dollars (US$400,159.00) while Sierra Leone will get Three Hundred Ninety- Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred Forty-Nine United States Dollars (US$397,749.00) out of the total amount.
The signing ceremony took place on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at the Embassy of Japan in Accra, Ghana with His Excellency, Mr. Kaoru Yoshimura, Ambassador of Japan in Ghana representing his country while Honorable Musu Jatu Ruhle, Charge d' Affaires of the Embassy of Liberia in Ghana and Honorable Nasratha Bakie Remoe-Doherty, Charge d' Affaires of the High Commission of Sierra Leone in Ghana represented their respective countries.
According to the grant agreement, Liberia will receive seven ambulances and 48 beds, while Sierra Leone will receive six ambulances and 47 beds.
The Japanese Envoy disclosed that his Government will assist the two governments with the procurement and maintenance of the donated items.
He then further disclosed that the grant project will be implemented in collaboration between all three Governments, the Society for Promotion of Japanese Diplomacy, and DHL Global Forwarding Japan.