Liberia Ebola Emergency Response - update n.1

Liberia Ebola Emergency Response - update n.1
Sep 2014

In Liberia, the first ever outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was reported in late March 2014 in Lofa County which is on the border with Guinea where the Ebola outbreak started in West Africa. Government and medical emergency partners quickly intervened and nearly eradicated the disease, and nothing was heard about Ebola-related illnesses until late June and early July.

Since then, the government and people as well as their partners have been overwhelmed and engulfed by a strange “attacker” that has resulted to hundreds of deaths. According to the Ministry of Health (Liberia) Situation Report (Sitrep) #110, which is the update latest, released on September 2, 2014, the cumulative/total (nationwide) of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola is 1,839. This means the figure is going up and the disease is spreading and attacking more people, hence affecting farming, livelihoods, the economy, services sector, education sector (all schools remain closed), and travel.

When the EVD first emerged, FAO, based on a request from the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), quickly (in July 2014) responded with an emergency technical cooperation assistance project worth US$387,000 to support the government in addressing factors of the disease affecting the agriculture/food security.