Highly contagious and a leading cause of death among children, measles outbreaks are common in Guinea. Towards the end of 2013, humanitarian partners in Guinea started reporting an upsurge of measles cases across the country.
In January 2014, with 2.4 million children between the ages of 6 months to 9 years at risk, the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene declared an outbreak. In response, CERF allocated US$1 million to help humanitarian partners provide emergency treatment and contain the outbreak.
In March 2014, a severe outbreak of Ebola rippled through the country spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Despite efforts to halt the spread of the virus, the numbers of people infected continue to rise. Haemorrhagic fever symptoms first appeared in Guinea’s southern forested region in February.
In response, CERF allocated $1.5 million on 22 April 2014 to the World Health Organization and other humanitarian partners to support preventive and control measures in Guinea. An additional $234,856 was disbursed to combat the disease in Sierra Leone.
In Septembre 2014, the Emergency Relief Coodinator allocated another $1.2 million from CERF for the provision of humanitarian air services in Guinea.