UN chief heads to West Africa for Ebola

2014-12-18 12:20

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to West Africa to demonstrate the UN's solidarity with the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, and to see for himself how the world is responding.

Ugandan Ebola expert shows African solidarity

2014-12-14 09:34

When Ebola crossed from Guinea into Liberia, launching an aggressive chain of transmission, more and more doctors have sprang into action.

UN peacekeeper in Liberia tests positive for Ebola

2014-12-05 13:55

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Liberia says one of its members has been infected with Ebola.

Sierra Leone falls short of Ebola target

2014-12-04 21:29

Sierra Leone has confirmed it was some way short of a key target to reduce the spread of Ebola by isolating almost three-quarters of patients in treatment beds.

Stolen Ebola blood lost for good, says Guinea

2014-11-25 10:20

Guinea says a cooler carrying a stolen blood sample infected with the deadly Ebola virus, stolen en route to a test centre, is unlikely ever to be found.

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

2014-11-21 20:31

Roadside bandits in Guinea have stolen a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have Ebola, 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.

Mali confirms 2nd Ebola case with death of nurse

2014-11-12 06:04

Mali has confirmed a new case of Ebola infection - separate from its only other one detected last month - with the death of a nurse who treated a patient from Guinea.

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.

UN Ebola chief optimistic of future drop in cases

2014-11-07 11:44

The UN's Ebola chief says an extraordinary global response over the past month has made him hopeful the outbreak could end in 2015.

UN: Indirect consequences of Ebola strongly affect children

2014-11-04 07:57

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has taken a toll on the children living in the region, with millions of them being affected by indirect consequences of the disease, the UN says.

Ebola survivors' serum testing to start

2014-10-23 22:31

Scientists will start testing whether treatment with antibodies in the blood of Ebola survivors can help infected patients fight off the deadly disease in a clinical trial.

WHO: West Africa Ebola outbreak still expanding

2014-10-14 16:08

The number of Ebola cases in a vast outbreak in West Africa will go over 9 000 this weekend and the epidemics still expanding geographically in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Guinea, WHO says.

African leaders call for donors

2014-10-09 23:13

African leaders have chided the international community for its slow response to the Ebola crisis and appealed to the world to turn promises of aid into action on the ground.

Ebola casts pall over Eid holiday in West Africa

2014-10-04 18:00

The raging Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 3 400 people in West Africa has cast a pall over celebrations in the region of Eid, one of Islam’s most important holidays.

'Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria, Senegal, appear contained'

2014-10-01 10:17

Efforts to contain the Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have succeeded, even as the virus continues to spread in the hardest-hit West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Liberia welcomes UN pledges on Ebola

2014-09-26 14:38

Liberia has welcomed global pledges of action on the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, admitting that the government is losing the trust of its people with the outbreak still out of control.

World must stop Ebola now, says UN chief

2014-09-26 08:21

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that the world must stop Ebola now, as he opened a high-level meeting to tackle the worst-ever outbreak.

Red Cross team attacked while burying Ebola dead

2014-09-25 08:37

A Red Cross team has been attacked while collecting bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in Guinea, the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control the outbreak.

Ebola cases to explode without drastic action

2014-09-24 07:00

The number of Ebola infections is set to explode unless the response is radically intensified, the WHO is warning.


1 million facing hunger in Ebola-hit countries

2014-12-18 09:31

Border closures, quarantines and crop losses in West African nations battling the Ebola virus could lead to as many as one million people going hungry, UN food agencies say.

Ebola still 'flaming' in parts of Sierra Leone, Guinea

2014-12-10 11:01

The UN's Ebola czar has hailed widespread progress in the fight against the deadly virus, but warned the outbreak is still surging in western Sierra Leone and northern Guinea.

Gambia rebukes Guinea for silence over Ebola grant

2014-12-05 09:08

Gambia has rebuked Guinea over its "bizarre attitude" to diplomacy, accusing its near neighbour of refusing to say thank you for a $500 000 donation to its Ebola response.

Ebola to push Guinea, Sierra Leone into recession: World Bank

2014-12-02 08:18

The World Bank says that the fallout from the deadly Ebola pandemic will push Guinea and Sierra Leone into recession next year.

Hollande embarks on trip to Ebola-hit Guinea

2014-11-27 08:47

French President Francois Hollande is set to visit Guinea, making him the first Western leader to travel to a country hit hard by the deadly Ebola virus.

UN warns Ebola still far from over

2014-11-22 13:48

The head of the UN Ebola mission has warned that the world was "far, far away" from beating the deadly outbreak and said a huge increase in aid is needed to fight the virus in Africa.

Senegal partially reopens borders with Ebola-hit states

2014-11-15 09:04

Senegal has reopened air and sea borders with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - the countries worst hit by the Ebola virus.

Liberia says won’t extend state of emergency over Ebola

2014-11-13 18:50

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she would not seek an extension to a state of emergency imposed in August over the outbreak of Ebola that has killed at least 2 836 people in the country.

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 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.

Japan to offer $100m aid to Ebola-hit Africa

2014-11-07 09:22

Japan is set to provide up to $100m in fresh aid to Ebola-hit West Africa, the government says, after the US called for further global efforts to combat the deadly virus.

Ebola checks at SA ports - minister

2014-10-30 13:31

The National Ports Authority has taken steps to ensure the Ebola virus disease doesn’t enter SA through one of its main harbours, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says.

Ebola death toll tops 4 900 - WHO

2014-10-25 13:14

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4 922 out of 10 141 known cases in eight countries, the World Health Organisation says.

Ivory Coast launches manhunt for Ebola suspect

2014-10-24 11:14

The Ivory Coast, currently free of the Ebola epidemic ravaging its neighbours, has launched a hunt for a Guinean worker who may have fled his home country after possibly catching the disease.

Ebola deaths near 4 500 as virus spreads in W Africa

2014-10-16 11:44

A total of 4 493 people have died from the world’s worst outbreak on record, and the situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, the WHO says.

UN: Member states losing race against Ebola

2014-10-15 10:45

The world is falling behind in a desperate race to gain the upper hand over the deadly Ebola outbreak, a top UN official says.

10 dead after boat collides off Guinea

2014-10-11 16:28

A Conakry official says 10 people have died and a dozen are missing after a small boat collided with a ship off Guinea's coast.

MSF asks where was WHO in Ebola outbreak?

2014-10-06 21:46

In the first days of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as aid workers and health authorities battled to contain the deadly virus, Mariano Lugli asked himself a simple question: where was the World Health Organization?

Ebola infected air travellers 'can avoid screening with a lie'

2014-10-03 12:12

People who contract Ebola in West Africa can get through airport screenings and onto a plane with a lie and a lot of ibuprofen, according to healthcare experts, who believe more must be done to identify infected travellers.

UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

2014-09-30 10:42

The UN mission to combat Ebola has opened its headquarters in Ghana, where it will co-ordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat the accelerating crisis.

Cuba sends 300 more doctors, nurses to fight Ebola

2014-09-26 12:56

Cuba says it will send nearly 300 more doctors and nurses to west Africa to help fight the Ebola epidemic.

Ebola death toll swells to 2 917 out of 6 263 cases

2014-09-25 14:37

The world's worst-ever Ebola epidemic has now infected at least 6 300 people in west Africa and killed almost half of them, according to the World Health Organisation.

Developed countries would have contained Ebola - Zuma

2014-09-25 07:04

Fewer people would have died from Ebola if it had broken out in the more developed countries, President Jacob Zuma has told the United Nations general assembly in New York.

Guinea condemns killing of Ebola team

2014-09-19 13:59

Guinea’s government says it strongly condemns the killing of eight people who were abducted and killed while on an Ebola awareness campaign in Womey.

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