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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.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100656/Ebola-and-the-perfect-storm
West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread
22 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centres, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100645/West-Africa-gears-up-to-contain-Ebola-spread
Côte d'Ivoire refugees stuck in Liberia due to Ebola crisis
19 September 2014 (IRIN ), Halted for several months, the voluntary repatriation of Ivoirian refugees in Liberia was to have resumed in July. However, the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Liberia has led the Ivoirian authorities to close the country's borders to prevent the disease from spreading, suspending refugee returns until further notice.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100640/Côte-d-Ivoire-refugees-stuck-in-Liberia-due-to-Ebola-crisis
Ebola's economic impact hits Sierra Leone citizens
18 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the World Bank predicts billions of dollars could be drained from Ebola-affected countries by the end of next year, IRIN spoke to Freetown residents to gauge how the crisis was affecting their lives.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100629/Ebola-s-economic-impact-hits-Sierra-Leone-citizens
Turning away the Ebola dying
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), A US announcement on 16 September to send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in Liberia was welcomed with relief by health workers, who are losing the battle to contain the disease.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100619/Turning-away-the-Ebola-dying
How to boost food production in Africa
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100612/How-to-boost-food-production-in-Africa
Liberian Ebola burial teams stressed, traumatized
12 September 2014 (IRIN ), As the Ebola death toll mounts in Liberia, burial teams are having to contend with physical risk and trauma as they take charge of safely burying the dead, often in the face of local anger.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100599/Liberian-Ebola-burial-teams-stressed-traumatized
Silver lining in Ebola gloom
27 August 2014 (IRIN ), Amid the horror of Ebola in West Africa, where more than 1,400 people have died of the disease, a few have found reason to celebrate after recovering from the virulent infection which has no known cure.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100540/Silver-lining-in-Ebola-gloom
Ebola horror hastens use of test drugs
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), Ebola’s devastation in West Africa has catapulted experimental drugs from labs to patients and shaken up vaccine development, which was hitherto patchy as outbreaks of the virus have tended to be spasmodic and geographically limited.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100522/Ebola-horror-hastens-use-of-test-drugs
A tribute to two Ebola heroes
19 August 2014 (IRIN ), Today is World Humanitarian Day when the UN sets out to recognize those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. This year the UN and aid agencies are highlighting humanitarian heroes who have made huge sacrifices to help others in need.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100512/A-tribute-to-two-Ebola-heroes
Ebola response up but huge gaps remain
12 August 2014 (IRIN ), While Ebola treatment and containment efforts are gradually gaining pace in Sierra Leone and Liberia, there are still far too few health workers, contact tracers and community monitors on the ground to keep up with the disease's spread, particularly in urban areas, say Health Ministry staff and aid workers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100480/Ebola-response-up-but-huge-gaps-remain
Ebola - softly, softly on bush meat
1 August 2014 (IRIN ), Medical teams struggling to curb Ebola in West Africa have been discouraging bush meat consumption, believed to have caused the outbreak, but some rural communities dependent on the meat for protein are determined to continue their traditional hunting practices.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100428/Ebola-softly-softly-on-bush-meat
Rising Ebola cases strain health workers
31 July 2014 (IRIN ), A shortage of trained health workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea who can treat Ebola victims and prevent further spread of the deadly disease is hampering response efforts, say Health Ministry and NGO staff, who say their efforts are at “breaking point”.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100426/Rising-Ebola-cases-strain-health-workers
New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa
7 July 2014 (IRIN ), The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100314/New-thinking-needed-on-food-aid-for-refugees-in-Africa
Fighting Ebola and its myths
26 June 2014 (IRIN ), A months-long battle to bring West Africa’s Ebola outbreak under control has stretched medical teams to the limit, while mistrust in some communities has impaired prevention work and raised questions about the delivery of health warnings.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100267/Fighting-Ebola-and-its-myths
Curbing Guinea’s other outbreaks
12 June 2014 (IRIN ), With health authorities and medical personnel battling Guinea’s first outbreak of Ebola, there have inevitably been concerns about finding the human and physical resources to combat other diseases. Unlike Ebola, measles and meningitis are well known to Guinea and require a major, coordinated response from both the state and NGOs. Despite the ‘Ebola factor’, health organizations say they have maintained their operations and are combating measles and meningitis effectively.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100201/Curbing-Guinea-s-other-outbreaks
Fear and ignorance aid spread of Ebola
11 June 2014 (IRIN ), An Ebola outbreak in West Africa that appeared to be winding down has flared up again, with officials blaming the resurgence on ignorance and a lack of experience in handling the virus.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100195/Fear-and-ignorance-aid-spread-of-Ebola
Genome breakthrough could help fight against sleeping sickness
28 May 2014 (IRIN ), Scientists have welcomed the development of genome sequence data on the tsetse fly, the vector responsible for the transmission of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), commonly known as sleeping sickness. They say it could be instrumental in devising strategies to eradicate the fly and reduce deaths and the spread of other diseases associated with it.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100142/Genome-breakthrough-could-help-fight-against-sleeping-sickness
Melding science and tradition to tackle climate change
23 May 2014 (IRIN ), In the latest of several partnerships between tradition and modern science aimed at improving resilience to climate change, pastoralists and meteorologists in Tanzania are working together to produce weather forecasts better suited to farmers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100125/Melding-science-and-tradition-to-tackle-climate-change
Measles spreading in Chad amid weak vaccination coverage
19 May 2014 (IRIN ), A measles outbreak that is spreading across sub-Saharan Africa is showing no sign of let-up as vaccine campaigners struggle to reach all at-risk children.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100100/Measles-spreading-in-Chad-amid-weak-vaccination-coverage

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