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objectives are as follows: Identify the magnitude and dimensions of the outbreak in the region. Assess the economic and social issues that make the containment of the outbreak challenging and difficult to manage, including the overall health system governance structure and capacity, as well as other policy and institutional factors that affect the response and coping mechanisms. Assess the immediate and medium-term effects on economic growth and strategic sectors. Examine the socio-economic impact of the EVD outbreak, including loss in productivity and jobs, or disruptions of rural and urban livelihoods, as well as gender dimensions. Discuss how the EVD outbreak will impact the UN agencies’ programmatic engagements in the affected countries. Make necessary policy recommendations to address the established gaps, losses and weaknesses at national and regional levels. The next section of the report provides an overview of the magnitude and dimension of the EVD in West Africa and also presents the response of UN agencies. Section 3 presents the macro-economic impacts of the EVD for each of the 15 West African countries, while Section 4 presents the socio-economic impacts. The final section presents the main conclusions and recommendations. SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES
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5 The construction site of the Kaka bridge (in the Coyah District) was stopped and abandoned by DAI Nippon Constructing, who also repatriated workers due to Ebola. Photo by UN RCO Guinea/Communication Office SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT OF EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE IN WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES
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Overview of the magnitude and dimensions of Ebola virus disease in West Africa One of the annual festivals, held at the national stadium in Bamako, Mali, January 2015. Photo by UNMEER/Pierre Perron
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7 2. Overview of the magnitude and dimensions of Ebola virus disease in West Africa This section provides an overview of the magnitude of EVD and examines key drivers that make it difficult to contain the crisis. It also provides the health system and gender dimensions of the EVD and the UN response to the crisis. West Africa is experiencing the most important epidemic of Ebola since the beginning of 2014. This epidemic that began in the Guékédou region in Guinea became a sub-regional health problem whose complexity has undermined the basis for development in the West African sub-region. Since the appearance of the disease in the former Zaire in 1976, this is the first time that it has reached such proportions, both in geographic scope and number of victims. 2.1. The Ebola virus disease in West Africa: Trends, magnitude and dimensions The EVD outbreak was first reported in 1976 in Yambuku, a village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
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