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USAID Commits Additional U.S.$7 Million To Combat Ebola

USAID Commits Additional U.S.$7 Million To Combat Ebola

Today, the United States announced that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing up to $7 million at this stage to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at this stage.   This additional funding, combined with the $1 million USAID committed last week, will provide a total of […]

Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms Two Ebola Cases, 10 More Cases Suspected

Democratic Republic of Congo Confirms Two Ebola Cases, 10 More Cases Suspected

Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed two cases of Ebola in the northwestern town of Bikoro and at least 10 more cases are suspected, the head of the national institute for biological research, Jean Jack Muyembe, said on Tuesday. A source at the ministry of health also said two cases had been confirmed and added […]

Gender Ministry Launches Girls Ebola Support Project

Gender Ministry Launches Girls Ebola Support Project

The Ministry of Gender Children Social Protection with funding from the World Bank has for the first time launched the Girls Ebola Recovery Livelihood Support or (GERLS) project in the country. The project will benefit 200 adolescent girls and young women in the three counties including Montserrado, Margibi, and Grand Bassa that are interested in […]

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

Liberian Nurses Learn To Spot Danger Signs In Babies As Healthcare Gets Shot In Arm

The Well Baby clinic in Buchanan is busy. But that’s not unusual. The clinic, a two-hour drive from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, sees between 700 and 1,000 mothers and children each week. Nurse Cellian Fahncole sits in a consulting room off the main waiting room. She is examining a baby girl and asking the mother a […]

Mental Health Experts In Sierra Leone Aim To Pluck Out Heart Of Ebola Mystery

Mental Health Experts In Sierra Leone Aim To Pluck Out Heart Of Ebola Mystery

When Ebola struck Sierra Leone in 2014, its terror lay in its mystery. It was a gruesome disease that no one had seen before, and claimed lives without apparent cause or cure. But Mohamed Moray had a broader perspective. “It was just like the war,” he says, referring to the civil conflict of the 1990s, […]

Liberia After Ebola – Turning Midwives Into Surgeons

Liberia After Ebola – Turning Midwives Into Surgeons

Before the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, the country had a total of 50 doctors for its population of 4.3 million. In comparison, there are 50 doctors available to every 100,000 people in the US. This, taken together with Liberia’s extremely high maternal mortality rate, which sees three women dying every day, means […]

Investing In ​​Health Is Not​ Cheap, But It Is Not A Luxury Either

Investing In ​​Health Is Not​ Cheap, But It Is Not A Luxury Either

While Ebola, Zika and yellow fever may seem like distant threats to most people living in the developed world, the lessons from these global crises should resonate across health services in all countries. At the G7 meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan, and the world health assembly in Geneva this week, world leaders and health policymakers have […]

Guinea: Survival after surviving Ebola

Guinea: Survival after surviving Ebola

In her forties, Maimaïssatou Toure is a mother of six and an Ebola survivor from Forécariah Prefecture, Guinea. Known for her dynamism and courage, this woman devoted one year of her life to caring for children whose parents were infected by Ebola and admitted to the treatment centre in Forécariah. Her story resembles that of […]

West Africa Ebola outbreak no longer poses global risk, WHO says

West Africa Ebola outbreak no longer poses global risk, WHO says

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak no longer constitutes a threat to international public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, declaring an end to a nearly 20-month emergency that has killed about 11,300 people. Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, accepted the recommendations of a committee of independent experts who also called for lifting any […]

Fifth person dies in Guinea Ebola flare-up

Fifth person dies in Guinea Ebola flare-up

A fifth person has died of Ebola in southeast Guinea since March 17, a health official told Reuters on Tuesday, raising concerns that a recent flare-up of the deadly virus could spread. The latest case was detected in Macenta prefecture, about 200 kilometres from the village of Korokpara where the four other recent Ebola-related deaths […]

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