In an effort to measure the economic impact of Ebola on Liberian households, the World Bank, with the Liberian Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services and the Gallup Organization, has conducted five rounds of mobile-phone surveys, in October, November, December 2014 and January and March 2015.
As of April 8, 2015, Liberia has reported over 9,860 cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), and over 4,400 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Liberia continues to show progress toward getting to zero cases, and in the 21 days leading up to April 8, there was only one confirmed case nationally.
Round Five Results (released April 2015)
The employment situation in Liberia continues to improve. A return in wage work and rural self-employment was offset by a typical seasonal lull in agricultural work, so the overall percentage out of work remains similar to January. Women continue to experience the worst job losses – they are typically self-employed, working as traders or in markets, the type of jobs that have been most impacted.
Most agricultural households report that their 2014 harvest was smaller than the previous year. These effects are not restricted to areas that have been directly impacted by Ebola, underlining the need to provide broad agricultural support across the country.