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Looking back at the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Looking back at the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

Surviving Ebola (Sierra Leone): It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, working with those infected with Ebola. Unreported World went to meet the health workers of Sierra Leone’s first dedicated Ebola treatment centre at the epicentre of the epidemic in 2014. It was run by the charity Médecins sans Frontières . Shaunagh […]

Challenges of Administering an Ebola Vaccine in Remote Areas of the DRC

Challenges of Administering an Ebola Vaccine in Remote Areas of the DRC

No one said tracking the movements of a patient, suspected to be a carrier of the deadly Ebola virus, through the dense forests of the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was going to be easy. With no discernible roads, only dense bush, we were forced to travel on three motorbikes to […]

After Ebola – What Happens When the Virus Fades and the NGOs – and Money – Leave?

After Ebola – What Happens When the Virus Fades and the NGOs – and Money – Leave?

Ebola wiped out nearly 10% of Liberia’s doctors and nurses. Take a look at life for those it left behind. Musu lies on her side in a cot in the Tubmanburg public hospital in Liberia’s northwestern Bomi County. She grips the creamcoloured bed rails, waiting for her father to clean her fresh surgical wounds. The […]

DR Congo approves Ebola vaccine to counter outbreak; UN-trained volunteers to educate local populations

DR Congo approves Ebola vaccine to counter outbreak; UN-trained volunteers to educate local populations

To contain the latest outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provided technical support to 145 volunteers of the Congolese Red Cross and community health workers to deliver lifesaving information to local populations in remote areas along the Central African Republic border. “Working in […]

Zimbabwe on high Ebola alert

Zimbabwe on high Ebola alert

Zimbabwe has ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola, with the country requiring travellers mainly passing through the Mozambique border and other frontiers to undergo enhanced screening for the deadly virus. This comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed new cases of Ebola infections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Zimbabwe’s Health ministry […]

Experts race against clock to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo province

Experts race against clock to quell Ebola outbreak in remote DR Congo province

A race against the clock has begun to contain an outbreak of Ebola in a remote northern area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today. Twenty cases of Ebola have been reported in the DRC’s Bas Uele Province – near the vast country’s border with […]

Rukwa Residents Cautioned Over Ebola Outbreak

Rukwa Residents Cautioned Over Ebola Outbreak

REGIONAL authorities in Rukwa and Katavi regions have allayed fear over the outbreak of Ebola reported in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), insisting that so far there are no reported cases in the country. Similarly, the two regions have so far dispatched medical kits and health workers to villages along the shoreline of Lake […]

A Family Of Ebola Fighters: ‘With God’s Help, We Made It’

A Family Of Ebola Fighters: ‘With God’s Help, We Made It’

Three years ago, Liberia was in the opening act of an unfolding catastrophe. The first cases of Ebola had been confirmed in the country on March 30, 2014. Over the next months, the virus spread, largely undetected at first. By late summer, every day the country awoke to news of dying Liberians being turned away […]

Bushmeat Trade Tests Cameroon’s Ebola Prevention

Bushmeat Trade Tests Cameroon’s Ebola Prevention

The market in Ambam, a colonial town with brick-red cottages and rusty roofs, near the southern borders with Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, is a cluster of booth-sized shops and stalls. Under one stall, a small deer with a slit throat lies next to a porcupine in the mid-January heat. Nearby, other game, concealed in jute […]

Scientists say small percentage of people were the cause of most cases of Ebola virus that ravaged West Africa in 2014

Scientists say small percentage of people were the cause of most cases of Ebola virus that ravaged West Africa in 2014

Most of the people who were infected with Ebola in the 2014 West Africa epidemic contracted the viral disease through “super-spreaders”, researchers say. According to a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists said super-spreaders, a small percentage of people who are responsible for infecting several others during […]

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