West Africa

West Africa economies losing out to illegal fishing - report

2016-06-29 19:30

"Catastrophic" levels of illegal fishing in West Africa are costing the region millions in lost revenue and hundreds of thousands of jobs, says a development think tank.

Village quarantined after Ebola death in Sierra Leone

2015-09-04 17:46

A village of almost 1 000 people has been placed under quarantine in Sierra Leone after the death of a 67-year-old woman from Ebola, officials say.

Ebola health workers face life or death decision on pregnant women

2015-01-15 09:23

Health workers in west African countries faced with Ebola-related pregnancy complications are often forced to make difficult decisions due to low survival rates and poor infrastructure.

W Africa's business game-changers announced

2014-10-24 16:14

The winners of the West African round of business awards were honoured in a ceremony at Lagos’ Oriental Hotel.

MSF - Doctors have to make tough decisions

2014-10-14 14:00

Medicines Sans Frontieres staff members say they have to make tough decisions while working with Ebola patients in West Africa.

World food prices slump to 15-yr lows

2014-10-09 19:30

Bumper harvests and big stockpiles of food are helping to drive world food prices down to the lowest levels for about 15 years.

Ebola: A way forward

2014-10-08 07:54

The long-term economic impact is West Africa's big worry, says Susan Mboya-Kidero.

Ebola a huge drain on West Africa economies

2014-08-28 09:13

Ebola is causing enormous damage to West African economies, draining scarce public funds and slashing growth by up to 4%, says the African Development Bank.

Ebola health workers face 'hellish conditions'

2014-08-18 11:38

Ebola health workers must battle death, heat and false rumours in a desperate struggle to save patients infected with the deadly disease.

American woman with Ebola is smiling

2014-08-12 19:58

The American woman who has been sick with the dangerous Ebola virus while working with a Christian aid group in Liberia is getting better and is even smiling, her son says.


WHO declares end to Ebola transmission in West Africa

2016-01-14 13:39

The World Health Organization says that transmission of the Ebola virus has been halted after a two-year-long battle.

Climate change boosts rain in Sahel

2015-06-01 21:15

Rising greenhouse gases have boosted rainfall in the Sahel region of Africa, easing droughts that killed 100 000 people in the 1970s and 1980s.

Google to boost Ebola donations

2014-11-11 12:29

The search giant launched a campaign Monday to raise money to fight the outbreak, tossing $10 million into the pot and saying it will match donations to the fund two to one.

Food prices up sharply in Ebola-hit countries

2014-10-17 18:15

Food prices have risen across the three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak, forcing some families to reduce their intake to one meal a day.

Ebola: US firm declines to move medical waste

2014-10-14 13:06

A Louisiana firm says it will not accept medical waste from the Ebola patient who died in Texas, even though it knows that the refuse is safe.

Cost of Ebola could top $32bn - report

2014-10-08 19:15

Ebola's economic toll could reach $32.6bn by year's end if the disease ravaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone spreads across West Africa, the World Bank says.

Tests show no sign of Ebola in Swedish man

2014-09-01 12:16

Medical authorities in the Swedish capital say tests on a man brought into hospital over the weekend and suspected of potentially carrying Ebola showed no signs the deadly disease.

Residents riot as police quarantine slum to curb ebola

2014-08-20 17:21

Riots broke out in Monrovia after the government quarantined Liberia's biggest slum in an effort to curb the Ebola epidemic.

Nigeria appeals for experimental Ebola drug

2014-08-13 11:38

Nigeria requested the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp, as the country reported its third death from the virus ravaging several West African nations.

Emirates halts flights to Guinea over Ebola

2014-08-03 14:22

Mideast airline Emirates says it has stopped flights to Guinea until further notice over concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus.

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