ARTICLES RELATING TO WEST AFRICA

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.

Dallas hospital monitoring patient for Ebola

2014-09-30 08:03

A Dallas hospital says it is isolating a patient who is showing signs of having the deadly Ebola virus.

Rains complicate delivery of Ebola supplies

2014-09-29 22:20

The rainy season in West Africa is compounding difficulties in getting Ebola medical supplies delivered and new treatment centres built.

Ble Goude's militants raped, murdered

2014-09-29 17:42

Men commanded by Charles Ble Goude, henchman to Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, murdered, raped and burned alive hundreds during a post-electoral crisis the ICC has heard.

Probe Nigerian building collapse - NLC

2014-09-29 14:13

A professional and transparent probe must uncover what led to the recent fatal collapse of a guest house at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, the Nigeria Labour Congress

ICC to decide if I Coast 'street general' should face trial

2014-09-29 07:43

ICC judges have begun hearings to decide whether Ivorian ex-president Laurent Gbagbo’s right-hand man, Charles Ble Goude, should face trial for allegedly orchestrating deadly post-election violence in 2010-11.

Beds scarce, staff scarcer in Liberia's Ebola wards

2014-09-28 17:36

They carry photos, bags of food - and hope. But what the families idling at the gate of this Ebola centre in Monrovia lack is news of the fate of their sick loved ones inside.

19 killed in Guinea-Bissau land mine blast

2014-09-27 12:23

At least 19 people aboard a minibus have been killed when a landmine exploded in northern Guinea-Bissau, police say.

Egyptian 'cured of Ebola' returns to Cairo

2014-09-27 06:45

An Egyptian man reportedly cured of Ebola has been quarantined in Cairo as a precaution after returning from Sierra Leone, a report says.

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.

Dead or alive, Boko Haram leader fuels violence

2014-09-26 12:14

Nigeria's Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or a man claiming to be him, has been killed at least three times, according to military, yet each time he apparently returns in the group's numerous jihadist videos.

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.

Doubts on reports of Boko Haram leader's death

2014-09-26 06:24

The United States has voiced skepticism over reports from the Nigerian military that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has been killed in recent clashes with troops.

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.

Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone quarantines 1.2 million

2014-09-25 10:43

Sierra Leone has ordered the quarantine “with immediate effect” of three districts and 12 tribal chiefdoms, affecting 1.2 million people, the largest lockdown in west Africa in the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Ebola cases could reach 1.4 m by January 2015

2014-09-25 09:31

By January 2015, up to 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus, according to a study by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Developed countries would have contained Ebola - Zuma

2014-09-25 07:04
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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.

WHO: Ebola vaccine could be ready by year-end

2014-09-24 22:16

The World Health Organisation says a vaccine might be available in large enough quantities by the end of the year to help control West Africa's Ebola outbreak.

Ebola death toll climbs to nearly half of infected

2014-09-24 12:50

The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected almost 6 000 people in west Africa and killed nearly half of them.

Nigeria silent on Synagogue Church collapse

2014-09-23 20:51
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Nigerian officials are tight-lipped about the scope of a probe into a fatal church building collapse in Lagos that killed 115.

Ebola drug trials to be fast-tracked in West Africa

2014-09-23 17:28

Experimental Ebola drugs are set to be tested in affected West African states for the first time in a bid to fast-track trials, the Wellcome Trust says.

Ebola may force region back into conflict – Liberia

2014-09-23 15:23

Liberia has warned it may slip back to civil war along with neighbouring Sierra Leone if the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa is allowed to continue to spread.

At least 98 under Ebola quarantine in Harare

2014-09-23 10:44
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At least 98 people have reportedly been placed under Ebola quarantine in Harare, as Zimbabwe takes steps to strictly monitor visitors coming into the country.

Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases

2014-09-23 07:51

Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola are bracing for new caseloads after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide check-up and a large new clinic.

Ebola contained in Senegal, Nigeria

2014-09-22 22:28

Two of the five countries affected by the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak are managing to halt the spread of the disease.

 

Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss

2014-09-30 09:47

With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn.

More Guinea-Bissau land mine deaths

2014-09-30 06:08

The death toll in the Guinea-Bissau land mine blast has risen to 22, as 2 more people die from their wounds.

Aid workers learn to fight Ebola as they go

2014-09-29 20:52

Jean-Pierre Veyrenche, in charge of building Ebola treatment centres in Monrovia for the World Health Organisation, says fear is keeping international aid experts from joining the battle.

Ebola: Australia won't send doctors to West Africa

2014-09-29 15:20

Australia has ruled out sending doctors to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak there because of logistical problems in repatriating any Australian who became infected with the deadly virus.

WATCH: New footage from Lagos tragedy

2014-09-29 12:07

Nigeria’s televangelist TB Joshua has released a new video clip showing the collapse, two weeks ago, of a four-storey building at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (Scoan) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Lagos tragedy: Return of bodies will take time

2014-09-28 17:54

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says it will take a considerable time before the bodies of the 84 South Africans killed in the Lagos tragedy can be brought home, because of Nigerian laws on post-mortems.

UN: Mali security situation 'extremely fragile'

2014-09-27 22:54

The security situation in Mali remains "extremely fragile", the UN secretary-general says, warning that progress in peace talks with armed separatists remains slow.

West Africa Ebola death toll passes 3 000

2014-09-27 09:32

The death toll from an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has risen to at least 3 091 out of 6 574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases.

WHO: 1000s of Ebola vaccine doses in coming months

2014-09-26 18:08

The World Health organisation says there should be thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines available in the coming months.

'Collateral' death toll to soar in Africa's Ebola crisis

2014-09-26 13:54

Deaths from infectious diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia are likely to soar in West African countries where a vast outbreak of Ebola has crushed health systems.

Ebola worse than terrorism - Sierra Leone leader

2014-09-26 09:36

The president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma says the deadly Ebola virus is "worse than terrorism", as President Barack Obama urged the world to do more to tackle the disease.

IMF reaches accord with Mali to revive aid

2014-09-26 08:20

The IMF has reached an agreement with Mali that could restart aid to the West African nation after it was suspended, a head of mission to the country says.

One of the girls abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria freed

2014-09-25 20:32

One of 200 girls abducted by Islamist Boko Haram rebels in the north-eastern Nigerian village of Chibok has been freed, police say.

Guesthouse sealed off before collapse - Nigerian official

2014-09-25 12:49
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News24 Nigeria has visited the site of the church building collapse in Lagos and has learnt that government officials sealed off the building a few days before the incident, but the church ignored their concerns.

Nigeria still working to free abducted girls – Jonathan

2014-09-25 09:59

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has told the UN General Assembly that authorities are still working to free at least 200 girls abducted from a school by Boko Haram militants in April.

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.

Nigeria Ebola free, Goodluck tells UN

2014-09-25 05:40

Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan has appeared to jump the gun on medical advice at home to tell an applauding UN General Assembly that Nigeria was free of the deadly Ebola virus.

Building collapse body ID process ongoing - minister

2014-09-24 22:16

A five-step process of identification is underway on the bodies of the South Africans killed in the Nigeria church building collapse, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has said.

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.

Ebola: Liberia facing massive shortage of foreign help

2014-09-23 18:30

Liberia, the West African state hardest-hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history, remains gravely short of foreign health care workers despite repeated pleas for help, a senior UN official says.

Australian hospital treats suspected Ebola case

2014-09-23 15:52

A hospital in Western Australia says it is testing a patient for suspected Ebola, declining however, to give further details due to confidentiality rules.

West Africans don't trust Ebola health workers

2014-09-23 14:59

Health workers fighting Ebola in West Africa are facing mistrust from local populations after years of conflict.

Pilgrim’s mom left only with hope

2014-09-23 08:38

As one relieved family thanked the South African government for bringing their injured mother home from Nigeria following a church collapse there, another woman could only desperately cling to the hope that her son is not one of the 84 South Africans killed in the tragedy.

KZN ready for Nigeria church collapse survivors

2014-09-23 05:00

Hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal are ready to receive patients injured in the Nigeria church building collapse, the province's health department says.

Streets bustling after Sierra Leone shutdown

2014-09-22 20:31

Streets in Sierra Leone's capital are bustling again after the unprecedented lockdown to slow the spread of Ebola.

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