Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Ebola workers dump bodies over pay

2014-11-25 19:10

Burial workers in Sierra Leone have dumped dead bodies in the street outside a hospital in protest at authorities' failure to pay bonuses for handling Ebola victims.

Italian doctor with Ebola arrives in Rome

2014-11-25 14:15

An Italian doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone has arrived in Rome, where he will receive specialist treatment, reports say.

UK health volunteers head to S Leone to tackle Ebola

2014-11-23 08:18

A first group of volunteers from Britain's state National Health Service has left for Sierra Leone to join the Ebola epidemic fight-back.

Ebola-infected Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva

2014-11-21 09:11

A Cuban doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone has arrived in Geneva, where he will be treated for the deadly virus.

Cuban doctor in Sierra Leone tests positive for Ebola

2014-11-19 12:01

A Cuban doctor treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease and will be sent to Geneva for treatment, a report says.

Ebola-infected doctor 'extremely critical' in US

2014-11-17 05:51

A doctor receiving care in the US after falling ill with Ebola in his native Sierra Leone remains in "extremely critical" condition, the hospital treating him says.

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.

US hospital may receive Ebola-infected doctor

2014-11-14 11:40

A doctor from Sierra Leone with US residency infected with Ebola can travel to the US to be treated for the deadly virus, CNN and medical officials say.

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.

Ebola campaigners reach out to traditional healers

2014-11-12 18:16

Aid workers in West Africa battling the Ebola epidemic have focused on educating traditional healers to stop myths and rumours about the virus.

Mosques, churches open in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

2014-11-10 18:42

With Ebola rampaging through Sierra Leone, most ordinary outings are off limits, for fear of contracting the virus, people cannot go to school or the movies, a football game or a concert.

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.

Sierra Leone imprisons journalist under new Ebola policy

2014-11-05 10:28

Police in Sierra Leone have jailed a journalist under emergency measures introduced to help the West African country cope with the Ebola epidemic, a senior police source says.

Thousands break Ebola quarantine to find food

2014-11-04 16:12

A group of aid agencies says thousands of people in Sierra Leone are being forced to violate Ebola quarantines to find food because deliveries are not reaching them.

Fifth Sierra Leone doctor dies after contracting Ebola

2014-11-04 13:13

Another doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola, making him the fifth local doctor to succumb to the infectious virus.

Another doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-11-03 16:04

Authorities in Sierra Leone say a doctor has died of Ebola – the fifth local doctor in the West African nation to succumb to the disease.

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.

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.

Quarantined Ebola nurse goes outside as police watch

2014-10-30 08:26

A nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa says she plans to end her voluntary quarantine and even stepped outside her home briefly.

Sierra Leoneans in UK answer Ebola 'call of duty'

2014-10-27 10:43

Watching with horror as the Ebola crisis ravages their country, Sierra Leoneans in London are mobilising to help their compatriots fight the deadly virus back home.

2 die in Sierra Leone riot sparked by Ebola tests

2014-10-22 16:04

Two people have died in a riot in Sierra Leone sparked after health workers struggling to contain the Ebola epidemic tried to take a blood sample from an elderly woman, doctors say.

Ebola threatens West Africa

2014-10-21 05:00

An "alarming picture" of the risk Ebola poses to some west African countries has emerged, according to a new report.

EU to scale up Ebola response

2014-10-19 12:42

European foreign ministers are set to meet under pressure to scale up their response to the Ebola epidemic after warnings it could become the "disaster of our generation".


United Nations to miss Ebola target in Sierra Leone

2014-11-25 18:05

The United Nations Ebola Emergency Response Mission has reported that they will not meet their 1 December target of having 70% of Ebola patients in treatment and 70% of victims buried.

United Nations to miss Ebola target in Sierra Leone

2014-11-25 08:17

The United Nations Ebola Emergency Response Mission has reported that they will not meet their 1 December target of having 70% of Ebola patients in treatment and 70% of victims buried.

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.

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.

7th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-11-19 08:44

A top health official says a seventh doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre east of the capital, Freetown, where he had been receiving treatment.

Sierra Leone talk show host released from jail

2014-11-15 11:16

A journalist held in Sierra Leone since 3 November after a guest on his radio show criticised President Ernest Bai Koroma's handling of the Ebola outbreak, has been released from jail.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Australia to staff Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone

2014-11-05 09:09

Australia’s government says it expects to staff a British-provided Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone by the end of the month after reaching an agreement with Britain.

Fifth Sierra Leone doctor dies after contracting Ebola

2014-11-04 14:40

Another doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola, making him the fifth local doctor to succumb to the infectious virus.

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.

US nurse vows to fight Ebola quarantine rule

2014-10-30 15:47

A US nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa is vowing to fight the state of Maine, which wants to keep her in quarantine for the 12 days that remain of the virus' incubation period.

NICD denies SA Ebola case

2014-10-30 10:30

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has denied a claim that a South African man has contracted Ebola.

S Leone Ebola chief blasts ambulance attacks

2014-10-30 05:00

The new head of Sierra Leone's Ebola response unit has slammed criminals who are undermining the fight against the deadly virus by attacking ambulances or burial teams.

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.

Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

2014-10-21 16:05

The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily.

Ebola risks lost generation: Liberian leader

2014-10-19 21:48

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa risks unleashing an economic catastrophe that will leave a lost generation of young West Africans, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has warned.

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.

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