Sierra Leone berates Ebola quarantine escapees as cases surge

2015-05-21 09:13

Sierra Leone has berated the "selfish and shameful" behaviour of people risking a resurgence of the Ebola virus by flouting quarantine restrictions, as authorities announced a spike in cases.

WHO sets up $100m fund to prepare for Ebola

2015-05-19 20:30

The World Health Organisation is setting up a $100m contingency fund to ensure that it would not be "overwhelmed" by a major crisis again as it was with Ebola.

Saudi-led alliance resumes air strikes on Yemen

2015-05-18 12:53

A Saudi Arabian-led coalition has resumed air strikes against Yemen's Houthi militia in Aden, hours after the expiry of a truce meant to facilitate badly needed humanitarian aid, a Reuters eyewitness says.

As Ebola disappears, no useful data seen from vaccine trials – WHO

2015-05-12 19:24

With Ebola nearly stamped out in West Africa, vaccine trials will probably fail to provide enough useful data on how well they protect people against the deadly virus, the WHO says.

Experts: WHO needs deep reforms after failing on Ebola

2015-05-11 14:52

The WHO has failed to respond adequately to the Ebola epidemic and can win back international trust if it carries out substantial reforms, experts say.

West Africa battles mystery of 'post-Ebola syndrome'

2015-04-25 09:22

As the Ebola epidemic retreats across west Africa, international health authorities are turning their attention to the little understood long-term effects of the often deadly virus on the survivors.

Sierra Leone hunts Ebola quarantine escapees

2015-04-22 23:56

Police in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown are hunting seven people who fled a slum that was placed under quarantine when a member of their family died of Ebola.

17 die from 'mysterious' disease in Nigeria

2015-04-18 15:47

A Nigerian government spokesperson says a "mysterious" disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 17 lives.

Risk of Ebola spreading reducing

2015-04-10 18:59

West Africa's Ebola epidemic still poses a threat to other countries, but the risk of it spreading internationally appears to be diminishing.

560 dead amid fears of humanitarian collapse in Yemen

2015-04-08 08:02

As tons of desperately needed medical supplies await clearance to be flown into Yemen, aid workers warn of an unfolding humanitarian crisis, saying at least 560 people, including dozens of children, have been killed.


Masses of Burundi refugees show up in Tanzania

2015-05-20 07:55

Cholera and severe diarrhoea have broken out among tens of thousands of refugees from Burundi who are jammed into a village in Tanzania on the edge of Lake Tanganyika, aid agencies say.

WHO: Humanitarian crisis unfolding among Burundi refugees

2015-05-19 15:31

The World Health Organisation says a severe humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Tanzania as thousands of Burundians seek refuge there because of political tensions back home.

Meningitis cases triple in Niger

2015-05-16 08:15

An outbreak of meningitis is spreading rapidly in Niger, with a tripling of cases in the past two weeks, says the World Health Organisation.

Drug-resistant typhoid now 'epidemic' in Africa

2015-05-11 18:33

Drug-resistant typhoid has become an invisible epidemic in Africa, scientists say after an unprecedented probe into the disease.

WHO declares Liberia Ebola-free

2015-05-09 18:23

The UN health agency has declared Liberia Ebola-free, hailing the "monumental" achievement in the west African country where the virus has killed more than 4 700 people.

Malaria vaccine a letdown, but could reduce cases - study

2015-04-24 06:29

The world's leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment, but developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could yet protect some children, a study says.

'Mysterious' disease kills 17 in Nigeria - official

2015-04-19 07:07

A "mysterious" disease that kills patients within 24 hours has claimed at least 17 lives in a south-eastern Nigerian town, the government says.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone goes back to school

2015-04-14 10:33

Sierra Leone’s 1.8 million children are preparing to return to school, eight months after clashes were shut to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

WHO: Half of all Ebola infections in S Leone-Guinea border area

2015-04-09 15:02

Almost half of all Ebola infections in West Africa have been recorded in two districts located in the border region between Sierra Leone and Guinea, the WHO says.

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone arrests 13 at unsafe burial

2015-04-07 16:41

Police in Ebola-hit Sierre Leone have raided a funeral and arrested 13 people suspected of organising an unsafe burial.

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