West Africa

3 killed in UN peacekeeping helicopter crash in Central African Republic

2019-09-27 19:11

Three Senegalese crew were killed and a fourth was injured when a combat helicopter used by United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic crashed in the west of the country, the UN force said on Friday.

West African finance ministers inch closer to single currency

2019-06-18 19:55

The 15-member regional organization has set a target to have a single currency by 2020, following a gradual approach that allows countries to join the monetary union when they meet the convergence criteria.

Niger Boko Haram attack death toll revised down: ministry

2018-07-04 14:14

Six soldiers have been killed over the weekend in an attack blamed on the jihadist group Boko Haram on a military position in southeast Niger, the defence ministry says.

War court poised for historic ruling on Timbuktu jihadist rampage

2017-08-17 09:30

War crimes judges are poised to make legal history with a ruling on compensation for the destruction of fabled shrines in the Malian town of Timbuktu, an act ordered by a now-repentant jihadist.

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.

Watch to see how SA-created Ebola Care app works

Philip and Malan Joubert are South African brothers, based in the US, who created an Ebola Care app for fieldworkers in West Africa. We caught up with Philip who explained that getting data from the field was a big challenge for healthworkers and organisations, as paperwork takes weeks to process. Their app solves that problem. Watch.

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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.


West Africa bloc currency ECO to launch in 2020

2019-06-30 23:03

Analysts are sceptical the introduction of the ECOWAS single currency will solve the region's economic problems.

Cameroon opposition leader Kamto charged with 'rebellion': lawyer

2019-02-14 07:16

Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, has been charged with "rebellion" and "insurrection", one of his lawyers has said.

Brighter outlook for anglophone West Africa - Ecobank

2018-05-07 14:59

The economic forecast for Anglophone West Africa is looking brighter according to analysis by Ecobank’s research team.

Shoprite expands into West Africa as urbanisation gathers pace

2016-11-25 16:41

Shoprite's expansion in West Africa has provided a growth pad for a Zambian meat processing firm as SA retailers expand into the rest of Africa markets.

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.

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.

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