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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
Cameroon border towns no safe haven for Nigerian refugees
17 September 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerians fleeing Boko Haram violence at home and seeking refuge in Cameroon border towns are still not safe.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100618/Cameroon-border-towns-no-safe-haven-for-Nigerian-refugees
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
Northern Nigeria: ruined lives
4 September 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands have died in the violence in Nigeria’s northeast between Boko Haram insurgents and the security forces, with no end in sight to the bloodletting.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100575/Northern-Nigeria-ruined-lives
Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread
3 September 2014 (IRIN ), Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society groups and analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100568/Mistrust-of-government-spurs-Ebola-spread
Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people
3 September 2014 (IRIN ), Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank's safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100569/Concern-over-World-Bank-proposals-to-roll-back-safeguards-for-indigenous-people
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
School tries to heal the divide in northern Nigeria
18 August 2014 (IRIN ), The kidnapping of more than 200 girls from a secondary school in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno State in April by Boko Haram militants, and a so far unsuccessful high-profile campaign to free them, exemplifies the insecurity-driven education crisis in the area.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100507/School-tries-to-heal-the-divide-in-northern-Nigeria
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
Nigeria - the community turns against Boko Haram
11 August 2014 (IRIN ), Young men with machetes manning road blocks is usually a bad sign. In Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, for years tormented by the Boko Haram insurgency, it actually signifies progress.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100475/Nigeria-the-community-turns-against-Boko-Haram
Time to investigate abuses in Nigeria
6 August 2014 (IRIN ), Rights groups in Nigeria are calling for an independent investigation into evidence of abuses as video footage obtained by human rights group Amnesty International appears to show members of the Nigerian military brutally beating and murdering suspected militants in the country's north.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100450/Time-to-investigate-abuses-in-Nigeria
Donor support to Sahel "anaemic"
4 August 2014 (IRIN ), More donor support is needed to help close the US$1.5 billion funding gap in the Sahel this year and protect the livelihoods of the estimated 20.2 million people who are at risk of food insecurity. Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion dollar appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region has been met by donors as of July, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100442/Donor-support-to-Sahel-anaemic
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
Is the UN peacekeeper selection process flawed?
29 July 2014 (IRIN ), Reports on Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Nigeria released in July 2014 at the Open Society Institute in New York reveal failures in human rights vetting for soldiers in countries that contribute to UN peacekeeping operations.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100415/Is-the-UN-peacekeeper-selection-process-flawed
Boko Haram steps up Cameroon raids
24 July 2014 (IRIN ), Nigerian radical Islamist group Boko Haram’s free-wheeling ruthlessness is increasingly troubling the remote Far North Region of Cameroon, which has seen several attacks in recent months, with foreigners also abducted for ransom.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100401/Boko-Haram-steps-up-Cameroon-raids

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