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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 […]

Mass Graves Beckon for Sierra Leone’s Homeless and Destitute Dead

Mass Graves Beckon for Sierra Leone’s Homeless and Destitute Dead

Volunteers calling themselves the Death and Destitute Organisation bury Freetown’s unidentified bodies, frustrated by lack of action by the authorities It’s first light at King Tom cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and rain is falling on the freshly exposed dirt that will soon cover 26 corpses. A man in white protective overalls stands inside a […]

Ebola Survivors Struggling to Recover: Nobel Laureate Gbowee Backs Grassroots Ebola Fighters

Ebola Survivors Struggling to Recover: Nobel Laureate Gbowee Backs Grassroots Ebola Fighters

A famous maxim of uncertain origin defines insanity as doing the same thing repeatedly, but expecting different results. In her opening statement at the United Nations (UN) High-Level Thematic Debate on Peace and Security, Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee used this definition to describe challenges faced by UN engagements in peace operations and peacebuilding. The […]

New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance. With economic instability, natural disasters and political conflict now taking place at unprecedented rates, the new research offers valuable […]

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