EbolaDeeply: The Executive Summary January 27, 2015

To give you an overview of what’s happening in the Ebola outbreak, we’ve organized the latest developments in a curated summary.

New Cases Plummet in Sierra Leone

The daily number of new Ebola cases is falling rapidly in Sierra Leone, according to the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation, which is tracking the shape of the outbreak.

On Monday there were just five new cases recorded, including two cases in Freetown and one in Kono.

On Sunday, 11 new cases were recorded, including five in Bombali and three in Kambia in northern Sierra Leone.

Although authorities and international organizations have stressed the importance of sustained vigilance, the figures suggest that at long last the tide seems to be turning against the disease.

“The greatest danger is that we let down our guard, we don’t keep up the effort and it festers, simmers and flares up,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Ebola Deeply.

Oxfam Calls for Extensive Ebola Recovery Plan

The NGO Oxfam is calling for a comprehensive, multimillion-dollar Ebola recovery planmodeled on the Marshall Plan, the post-World War II project for European recovery.

Such a plan should target three areas of urgent need: cash for families affected by the crisis, investment in jobs and support for basic services, Oxfam said.

"The world was late in waking up to the Ebola crisis, there can be no excuses for not helping to put these economies and lives back together," Mark Goldring, Oxfam's chief executive, said during a visit to Liberia.

Oxfam said that 60 percent of people interviewed in Liberia, where rice prices have risen up to 40 percent, told them they had not eaten enough food in the past seven days.

The Marshall Plan, officially known as the European Recovery Program, was launched in the name of the then American secretary of state, George Marshall, in 1947, the BBC reports.

Such a plan would help avert a “double disaster in West Africa,” according to Reuters.

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