Liberia

Liberia Tubmanburg
Within the Tubmanburg ETU is a changing area where local and international staff with the International Organization for Migration will be donning goggles and other protective equipment to care for patients.
Carol Han, USAID/OFDA

Latest West Africa Ebola Fact Sheet

Key Developments

The UN World Health Organization (WHO) declared an official end to the large-scale 2014/15 EVD outbreak in West Africa in January 2016. The most recent confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa was identified in Guinea on April 6, 2016. In June, WHO declared an end to EVD clusters in Guinea and Liberia; WHO previously declared an end to the latest EVD cluster in Sierra Leone in March. All three countries completed 90 days of heightened surveillance per WHO’s recommended guidance.

In FY 2016, the U.S. Government (USG) continued to respond to humanitarian needs related to the outbreak. As the number of new EVD cases declined, USG partners transitioned from emergency response activities toward efforts to build national- and community-level capacity to prepare for and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks. Since FY 2014, the USG has responded with more than $2.7 billion in humanitarian assistance for EVD response efforts.

Background

Recurring food insecurity, cyclical drought, disease outbreaks, seasonal flooding, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Liberia. When disasters strike, USAID/OFDA supports relief agencies to meet humanitarian needs and complement government response efforts.

In 2014/2015, Liberia experienced a widespread Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak. In response, USAID/OFDA worked with the government and health partners to strengthen disease surveillance and reporting, build response capacity, and increase public awareness of health and hygiene behaviors to mitigate the spread of illness. From FY 2014–FY 2017, USAID/OFDA provided more than $509 million to support EVD preparedness and response activities in affected areas of Liberia.

USAID/OFDA remains ready to address urgent humanitarian needs in Liberia and continues to strengthen government-led preparedness and response capacity throughout the West Africa region.

Last updated: August 28, 2017

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