ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa in January

2014-10-22 09:29

Tens of thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be available for “real-world” testing in West Africa as soon as January, as they are deemed safe, WHO says.

MSF fêtes '1000th Ebola survivor'

2014-10-21 22:46

Medical charity MSF, at the forefront of the fight against Ebola in west Africa, says it has saved the 1000th patient.

Nigeria minister 'optimistic' girls free soon

2014-10-21 20:42

Nigeria's foreign minister says Abuja hopes to end the conflict with Islamist militant group Boko Haram soon and win the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

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.

What happens to Ebola medical waste?

2014-10-21 11:20

Managing Ebola transmission includes dealing with large amounts of contaminated medical waste - and many hospitals don't have suitable incinerators.

US cautiously optimistic after no new Ebola in 5 days

2014-10-21 07:39

With no new Ebola cases in five days, US authorities are cautious but hopeful that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system.

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.

US drone crashes at Niger airport

2014-10-20 22:05

A US drone has crash-landed at Niger's main airport, the army says, forcing the closure of the runway for several hours.

Ebola hysteria grips US, children removed from school

2014-10-20 14:33

Hundreds of parents reportedly removed their children from a Mississippi middle school fearing that they could get infected with Ebola after the school’s principal travelled to Africa.

Boko Haram 'ceasefire' in doubt after attacks

2014-10-20 06:24

Nigerian military and intelligence officials have raised doubts on about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast.

Doubt over release of Nigerian schoolgirls

2014-10-19 19:19

Nigeria's announcement of a ceasefire with Boko Haram and the expected release of over 200 pupils kidnapped six month ago, has been greeted by scepticism.

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".

Rare white rhino dies in Kenya, only six remain

2014-10-18 22:30

A rare northern white rhino has died in Kenya, a wildlife conservancy says, leaving just six of the animals left alive and bringing the famed species one step closer to extinction.

Many goods stolen in SA go to Nigeria - police

2014-10-18 14:37
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Nigeria has emerged as the destination for many of the electronic devices stolen during the recent spate of mall robberies across the country, police have said.

Truck crashes into shop in Cameroon killing 17

2014-10-18 06:30

A truck has crashed into a shop in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, killing 17 students who were buying sweets, a report says.

Senegal declared Ebola-free: WHO

2014-10-17 17:22

Senegal is officially free of Ebola with the benchmark of 42 days passing without any new cases, the World Health Organization says.

At least 7 dead in north Mali clashes

2014-10-17 10:48

At least seven people have been killed in clashes between rival armed Tuareg groups and their allies in northern Mali, several sources say.

Boko Haram 'won't threaten Nigeria vote'

2014-10-16 21:44

Nigeria can hold elections in February even if Boko Haram violence makes voting impossible in parts of the northeast, the country’s elections chief says.

Liberia minister in quarantine after driver dies of Ebola

2014-10-16 20:35

A Liberian minister says she has gone into quarantine voluntarily after her driver died of the Ebola virus sweeping west Africa.

Australia readies for possible Ebola outbreak

2014-10-16 12:32

Australia's PM is resisting pressure to send doctors and nurses to West Africa to fight the Ebola crisis, saying his government is focussed on preparing for a potential outbreak of the deadly disease.

African leaders: Ebola could lead to food crisis

2014-10-16 08:52

Financial aid and global co-ordination are needed to prevent the Ebola health care crisis from becoming a food emergency, agriculture ministers from West African nations say.

Nigeria court martials 59 soldiers

2014-10-15 20:45

Fifty-nine Nigerian soldiers have appeared before a military tribunal charged with mutiny and conspiracy to commit mutiny.

9 girls die in Nigeria boat capsize

2014-10-15 15:35

Nine teenage girls have died and three are listed missing after a passenger boat capsized on a river in northern Nigeria, an emergency services official says.

UN's Mali envoy to quit

2014-10-14 21:03

The head of the United Nations' mission in Mali is to quit to take up a new job as the Netherlands' foreign minister, the Dutch government says.

MSF loses 9 medics to Ebola

2014-10-14 16:54

Doctors Without Borders has reported that 9 of its health workers have died of Ebola.

 

No news on return of SA bodies from Nigeria

2014-10-22 09:19

There was still no news on when the bodies of more than 80 South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria will come home, a government spokesperson says.

Burkina Faso referendum on terms limits

2014-10-21 20:42

Burkina Faso's government will submit a bill for parliament to call a referendum on the revision of constitutional term limits.

Airport screening can curb spread of Ebola

2014-10-21 17:30

Testing prospective airline passengers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could help to control the spread of Ebola.

Airport screening can curb spread of Ebola

2014-10-21 14:55

Testing prospective airline passengers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could help to control the spread of Ebola.

Home care kits highlight gaps in W Africa's Ebola response

2014-10-21 11:16

With the number of Ebola cases spiralling in West Africa, health workers fighting one of the world’s deadliest diseases are being forced to improvise.

Screen travellers on exit, not entry - Ebola study

2014-10-21 06:22

Screening air travellers on departure from Ebola-hit countries is far smarter than monitoring them when they arrive abroad, experts say.

US says talks to free Nigerian girls ongoing

2014-10-20 22:48

A US official has confirmed that a ceasefire deal appeared to have been reached between Nigeria and Boko Haram militants, but said talks to release some 200 kidnapped girls were ongoing.

Nigeria officially Ebola free – WHO

2014-10-20 15:33

The World Health Organisation has declared Nigeria officially Ebola-free, after 42 days – or two incubation periods – without any new confirmed cases of the deadly virus.

Liberia president describes heavy cost of Ebola

2014-10-20 11:43

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says Ebola has killed more than 2 000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill".

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.

Nigeria expected to be declared Ebola-free

2014-10-19 14:35

Nigeria is expected to be declared Ebola-free, just three months after fears that the virus could spread like wildfire through Africa's most populous nation.

Ex-minister makes third run for Ghana presidency

2014-10-19 10:56

Ghana's main opposition party has nominated former foreign minister Nana Akufo-Addo as its candidate for president in 2016, giving him his third shot at the west African country's top job.

Nigeria hopes girls will be released by Tuesday

2014-10-18 14:37

Nigeria aims to have secured the release of 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram militants by Tuesday, a senior source at the presidency says.

Anxious wait for news on kidnapped girls

2014-10-18 07:42

Officials and campaigners are anxiously awaiting further news about the fate of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls after Nigeria claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants to secure their release.

Nigeria claims Boko peace, girls deal

2014-10-17 21:01

Nigeria is claiming to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

Obama authorises reservists for Ebola fight in W Africa

2014-10-17 11:48

President Barack Obama has authorised the Pentagon to send reservists to take part in a US mission to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Dlamini-Zuma: Africa must pull together against Ebola

2014-10-17 09:11

Africa needs to provide more manpower to fight the Ebola epidemic striking the west of the continent, a top AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says.

Niger flooding severe

2014-10-16 21:44

At least 36 people have died and more than 8 000 houses have been destroyed by flooding in heavy rain that has drenched Niger since June.

Ugandan Ebola survivors ask to be sent to West Africa

2014-10-16 17:21

Survivors of an Ebola epidemic that killed more than 200 people in Uganda 14 years ago have asked to be sent to West Africa to lend psychological support to sufferers there.

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.

Liberian healthcare workers call off Ebola strike

2014-10-15 17:53

Healthcare unions in Liberia have called off a strike over pay and working conditions for medical staff tackling an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus.

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.

Nigeria schoolgirls' kidnap campaigners blocked

2014-10-14 21:03

Nigerian police have blocked supporters of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants from marching on the president's official residence.

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.

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