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Sierra Leone president cancels 3-day business shutdown

2014-11-28 18:53

Sierra Leone's president has overruled a municipal decision to shut down businesses in the capital for three days, a measure aimed at curbing the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan

2014-11-26 13:17

Gunmen have attacked a polio vaccination team, killing four health workers, while a suspected US drone strike killed four alleged militants in Pakistan, officials say.

WHO confirms DRC Ebola-free status

2014-11-22 06:00

The WHO has confirmed that DRC is Ebola-free, as 42 days have passed since the last case in an outbreak that killed 49.

Man's greed will destroy the world: Pope

2014-11-20 14:20

Pope Francis has warned that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry, or risk a doomsday scenario.

Ebola death toll rises to 5 420 - WHO

2014-11-20 11:17

The World Health Organisation says 5 420 people have so far died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 15 145 cases of infection, since late December 2013.

Chinese medics in Liberia to beef up Ebola fight

2014-11-17 08:38

A large team of Chinese health workers have arrived in Liberia to boost the Ebola fight as a US-based doctor infected in Sierra Leone was described as being “extremely ill”.

Kenyan school note to parents: don't mutilate your daughter

2014-11-14 18:33

Kenyan schoolchildren have ended school for December holidays accompanied with a stern warning to parents: carry out female genital mutilation and be prosecuted.

Sierra Leone, dignity in death protects the living

2014-11-14 14:21

In Ebola hit Sierra Leone removing the dead is a necessarily but traumatic experience for those left behind, but the process is a far cry from the way things used to be done.

Uganda free of Ebola-like Marburg virus

2014-11-14 07:38

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that Uganda is free of the Ebola-like Marburg virus after completing a 42-day surveillance period with no new cases.

Liberia lifts Ebola emergency

2014-11-13 20:32

Liberia has lifted its state of emergency, announcing huge gains in the fight with Ebola as Africa pinned its hopes on trials for a miracle drug.

Ebola epidemic marks another grisly toll

2014-11-13 05:10

More than 5 000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organisation reports, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic.

Liberia, Mali see crucial gains in Ebola fight

2014-11-11 15:51

Liberia has announced a dramatic drop in new Ebola infections as Mali prepares to lift quarantine restrictions on dozens of people put at risk of exposure to the deadly virus.

Ebola: Remote Sierra Leone village pleads for help

2014-11-10 07:46

The last region of Sierra Leone to be affected by Ebola, Koinadugu, in the north-east of the country, has seen 50 people die from the virus, according to the Red Cross.

Africa steps up Ebola fight with $28.5m fund

2014-11-08 19:08

The AU has raised $28.5m from the continent’s wealthiest individuals and firms for a fund to fight the Ebola outbreak ravaging three west African countries.

Ebola epidemic leads to US protective gear backlog

2014-11-07 12:41

A surge of orders for gear to protect against Ebola is leading to backlogs through January for some US customers, as demand expands beyond hospitals to fire-fighters and others.

Ebola: WHO's next Africa chief elected

2014-11-05 17:18

As Ebola continues to burn its way through three West African countries, the WHO has elected its next Africa director, a doctor from Botswana who is a long-time veteran of the UN agency.

After botching Ebola, WHO to pick new Africa boss

2014-11-04 12:00

After acknowledgement that it bungled the response to the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, the WHO is electing a new regional director for its Africa office this week.

Africans worst responders in Ebola crisis - expert

2014-10-31 14:21

With few exceptions, African governments and institutions are being criticised for offering only marginal support as the continent faces Ebola, once again depending on the international community to save them.

India considers ban on e-cigarettes

2014-10-31 11:45

India is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes over the risks to public health that they may cause, a senior Health Ministry official says.

Ban launches campaign to end female genital mutilation

2014-10-30 14:27

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has launched a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors said it had "shattered their lives".

Liberia Ebola crisis far from over , says WHO

2014-10-30 08:24

The rate of new Ebola infections appears to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but the crisis is far from over, the World Health Organisation says.

US father sues after Ebola fears keep daughter from school

2014-10-29 07:42

A father is suing a Connecticut elementary school, saying his 7-year-old daughter is being discriminated against and has been banned from school for 21 days based on irrational fears of Ebola.

Monsters in suits: Ebola's traumatic effect on children

2014-10-28 07:21

At least 5 000 children in Guinea have been directly affected by Ebola, which as orphaned about 1 000 of them. The deadly virus that prohibits human touch has traumatised them on a psycho-social as well as medical level.

 

India court slams Delhi's worsening air pollution

2014-11-27 11:37

India's environment court has slammed the government over the capital's horrendous air pollution, which it said is 'getting worse' every day, and ordered a string of measures to bring it down.

Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected

2014-11-22 18:01

Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola and identified two new suspected cases, raising concern about further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country.

Egypt acquits doctor of fatal FGM

2014-11-21 05:05

An Egyptian court has acquitted a male doctor of carrying out a female circumcision that killed a teenager.

WHO: Ebola transmission 'intense' in Sierra Leone

2014-11-20 13:26

The WHO says the transmission of Ebola remains "intense" and widespread in Sierra Leone, even as some improvements are being seen in the two other countries worst hit by the crisis.

Mali places 100s under watch in bid to stem Ebola

2014-11-17 16:27

Mali says it has placed more than 440 people who may have been exposed to Ebola under surveillance as it battles to contain the spread of the deadly tropical virus.

World leaders vow to 'extinguish' Ebola

2014-11-15 22:09

The world's most powerful economies vowed "extinguish" the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, as the vast desert nation of Mali scrambled to prevent a new outbreak of the killer disease.

Mali traces over 200 contacts in 2nd Ebola wave

2014-11-14 17:24

Mali is tracing at least 200 contacts linked to confirmed and probable Ebola victims as it seeks to control its second Ebola outbreak, health officials say.

Mali rushes to contain Ebola outbreak

2014-11-14 09:26

Mali is rushing to impose tougher measures to contain the spread of Ebola after recording a new case of the disease in the west African nation’s capital, health officials say.

First Ebola treatment trials to start in west Africa

2014-11-13 18:50

Global aid agency MSF says it would begin unprecedented trials within a month on Ebola drugs and blood from survivors using patients in west Africa.

Philippines isolates peacekeepers for Ebola checks

2014-11-10 13:28

More than 100 Philippine peacekeepers returning from almost a year in Liberia will be put in quarantine on an isolated island to check for Ebola, the military says.

Ebola fight starting to pay off – WHO

2014-11-08 22:31

The deadliest Ebola outbreak ever is finally slowing in Liberia, the worst-hit country, but still wreaking havoc in two neighbouring west African states amid warnings of thousands of unreported deaths.

Ebola death toll nears 5 000

2014-11-08 11:30

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4 950 out of 13 241 cases in the three worst-hit countries of West Africa, the World Health Organisation says.

WHO: Ebola toll could be as high as 10 000

2014-11-07 05:05

The raging Ebola outbreak likely killed far more than the 4 818 deaths reported by the World Health Organisation, an expert has acknowledged.

WHO advocates anti-overdose drugs

2014-11-04 20:23

A powerful drug that can counter the effects of overdose should be made widely available in order to reduce deaths among users of substances such as heroin, the World Health Organisation says.

Ebola vaccine expected next year - WHO

2014-11-03 14:01

Studies are under way to determine whether an Ebola vaccine is safe for humans, the World Health Organisation says.

Liberia opens 1 of largest Ebola treatment centres

2014-10-31 22:31

Liberia has opened one of its largest Ebola treatment centres yet in Monrovia, bracing for a new wave of infections even as officials express hope the disease is on the decline.

Experts urge caution over Ebola hopes

2014-10-31 12:17

Health authorities have called for renewed vigilance over the Ebola epidemic and urged caution over claims it is retreating, as the World Bank announced a $100m fund for more health workers.

Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia

2014-10-30 21:18

Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while Sierra Leone is 'in a crisis situation which is going to get worse', the top anti-Ebola officials in the two countries say.

Good progress against Ebola – Liberia official

2014-10-30 11:26

Liberia’s assistant minister of health says he agrees with a WHO analysis that the rate of transmission of Ebola appears to be slowing in the West African nation.

Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia

2014-10-29 19:08

Liberia may be seeing a decline in the spread of Ebola, with a decline in the number of burials and a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases.

Obama, Red Cross see progress in Ebola battle

2014-10-29 12:44

US President Barack Obama and the Red Cross have offered hope that the battle against the deadly West African Ebola outbreak is being won.

Huge drop in Ebola bodies across Monrovia

2014-10-28 16:26

The Red Cross says the weekly total of Ebola victims collected by its body disposal teams around the Liberian capital is falling dramatically, indicating a sharp drop in the spread of the epidemic.

US governors, army differ on Ebola quarantines

2014-10-28 06:28

The federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with Ebola, and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk. But some US state governors and even an army commander have gone beyond that guidance.

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