On 23 March 2014, Guinea’s Ministry of Health notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD, or “Ebola”) in the south-eastern region of the country. In the following months, the virus spread across Guinean borders, affecting Sierra Leone and Liberia. As the EVD outbreak increased exponentially, in August 2014 WHO declared a public health emergency of international concern, following which the humanitarian community mobilized to respond to the crisis.
Although the ET Cluster was not officially activated in West Africa, the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) mandated World Food Programme (WFP) to respond as if the cluster was activated and to act as the global lead of the ET Cluster for inter-agency Information and Communications Technology (ICT) efforts.
After one and a half years of presence of the ET Cluster in the three affected countries, the ET Cluster was demobilised from West Africa as of 31 December. In November, Sierra Leone became the first country where the ET Cluster demobilised followed by Guinea and Liberia on 31 December 2015.
Organizations are encouraged to share ICT updates with the West Africa ET Cluster team.
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