Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa - Executive brief 22 October 2014

Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in West Africa - Executive brief 22 October 2014
Oct 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The current Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa is the world’s largest Ebola outbreak recorded to date. The epidemic is severely affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in deaths and adversely impacting the food security of affected populations.
  • If not addressed now, the consequences of the outbreak could lead to long-lasting impacts on farmers' livelihoods and rural economies. A multisectoral approach is required to contain the outbreak and stabilize affected areas.
  • FAO is urgently calling for USD 30 million to support activities linked to its Regional Response Programme to the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak over the next 12 months in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and at-risk countries. FAO is following a twin-track approach to help halt the tragic loss of life while at the same time protecting incomes, nutrition levels and food security.