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Taming Sierra Leone’s Ebola spread
19 December 2014 (IRIN ), Sierra Leone is scrambling to recruit more health personnel and deploy more equipment to curb the rampant spread of Ebola in Western Area region which currently accounts for half the infections in the country.
Mystery over Ebola survivors’ ailments
18 December 2014 (IRIN ), For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause.
Locking Ebola out of Sierra Leone jails
1 December 2014 (IRIN ), It is next to impossible to avoid physical contact in an overcrowded prison. In Sierra Leone, heavily congested jails and a worsening Ebola outbreak make a potentially lethal combination. So how do you keep inmates safe?
Ebola: Where next and how bad?
1 December 2014 (IRIN ), In the past few months huge amounts of time and energy have been spent trying to second-guess the progress of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Where will the next hotspot be? Is the outbreak still exploding or is it starting to burn itself out? And how many beds will be needed next week, next month or next year?
Bringing Ebola tests up to speed
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), Ebola in West Africa is believed to have erupted almost a year ago in southern Guinea, but was confirmed by the French Pasteur Institute only in March 2014, by which time it had killed 60 people and was suspected to have crossed the border into Liberia and Sierra Leone.
PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN
20 November 2014 (IRIN ), After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor
Inside the Ebola hot zone
13 November 2014 (IRIN ), Follow Emmanuel Adelekah as he collects the bodies of Ebola’s victims in Freetown… see the latest epidemiological stats on our interactive maps… read frontline reportage from the heart of the outbreak… catch up on the latest analysis… All this and much more is included in our multimedia production, Inside the Ebola Hot Zone.
Ebola survivors work to improve response
12 November 2014 (IRIN ), The Ebola epidemic has killed some 5,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but it has also left many survivors who are playing a key role in the Ebola response.
Ebola: Diagnostic capabilities need boosting
12 November 2014 (IRIN ), Critical gaps in "behind-the-scenes" infrastructure are hampering Ebola response times and containment efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, aid agencies and health workers say.
Medevac policy gaps slow volunteer recruitment
7 November 2014 (IRIN ), More than 5,000 international healthcare workers and support staff are needed to contain the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, but doctors, nurses and emergency responders say the uncertainty about what might happen in the field if they get sick is slowing down recruitment.
An ambitious plan to end statelessness
7 November 2014 (IRIN ), It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality.
Ebola: Experienced doctors still rare
27 October 2014 (IRIN ), The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. Fear of contracting the virus and restricted air travel have also slowed the response.
Exporting Ebola - who's really at risk?
22 October 2014 (IRIN ), More than 50 percent of Americans report being afraid of a mass Ebola outbreak on US soil, according to a Harvard poll earlier this month, but health experts say the true risk is further spread of the virus within the West African region.
Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?
20 October 2014 (IRIN ), Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Ebola hits West Africa food security
20 October 2014 (IRIN ), West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies.
Liberians in US face worsening Ebola stigma
17 October 2014 (IRIN ), Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma.
Is Freetown fighting a losing battle against Ebola?
16 October 2014 (IRIN ), On the return trip to Freetown from Kenema a couple of days later we meet Laventa Konneh in Moyambo town, the only person allowed to leave her house because the town is in lockdown and she is a contact tracer.
Day in the life of a Kenema Ebola treatment centre
14 October 2014 (IRIN ), We’re heading to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Ebola treatment centre 15km out of Kenema town in eastern Sierra Leone. It’s known locally as the “Ebola camp” because it’s made up of a dozen or so white tented structures set up outside. It is surrounded by lush green forest and mountains loom in the distance.
In Sierra Leone’s Ebola hot zone: A series of reports
10 October 2014 (IRIN ), We set off by jeep from the capital Freetown for Kenema, 240km away. While there are Stop Ebola posters all over the capital, we see very few en route. Every 15 minutes or so we’re stopped at an Ebola monitoring checkpoint to have our temperatures taken and to wash our hands in chlorinated water. Thirteen in all - it’s enough to make anyone paranoid.
Ebola and "the perfect storm"
24 September 2014 (IRIN ), The new figures from the World Health Organization's (WHO) Ebola Response Team are sobering. If cases in the three worst affected countries continue to rise at the present rate, by the beginning of November more than 20,000 people in West Africa will have been infected. And despite earlier suggestions that this might be a less deadly strain of the Ebola virus, allowing half its victims to recover, the new figures show a much higher fatality rate, in the region of 70 percent.

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