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Three words of advice for WHO Africa's new chief

DAKAR, 24 February 2015 (IRIN) - WHO’s new regional director for Africa faces a tough road ahead, as she attempts to restore confidence in the organization following failures to act more quickly during the Ebola outbreak. full report

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Ebola: Back to school, but is it safe?

Monrovia/Freetown, 20 February 2015 (IRIN) - Millions of students in Liberia and Sierra will soon be back in school for the first time in more than six months, but concerns over Ebola remain. full report

Who celebrity advocates are really targeting. And it’s not you.

LONDON, 13 February 2015 (IRIN) - In recent years, aid agencies have increasingly used celebrities to raise awareness and money for their causes. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t actually work. full report

Sex crimes up amid Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

KENEMA, 4 February 2015 (IRIN) - Reports that rates of sexual assault and teenage pregnancy have soared in Sierra Leone since the start of the Ebola outbreak have prompted the government to plan a raft of measure to protect girls and the UN to investigate the scale of the increase. full report

Ebolanomics - the search for a vaccine

LONDON, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - After years of ignoring the disease, pharmaceutical companies are racing to produce an effective vaccine for Ebola, using plenty of public money. Now questions are being raised about ethics and accountability. full report

After Ebola: What next for West Africa’s health systems

NAIROBI, 26 January 2015 (IRIN) - As rates of Ebola infection fall in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone planning has begun on how to rebuild public health systems and learn lessons from the outbreak. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: IDPs, Yemen, War Pillage and Ebola

DUBAI, 22 January 2015 (IRIN) - Our top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

WEF: What to watch

DUBAI, 21 January 2015 (IRIN) - The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting kicks off in Davos on Wednesday. Here's a quick guide to some of the panels of interest to humanitarians. full report

Nice and dirty – the importance of soil

NAIROBI, 16 January 2015 (IRIN) - Be it laterite, loam, peat or clay, soil is life. It's the foundation of food security, and so the UN has declared 2015 as the year to draw attention to the stuff. full report

Uneven Distributions: What we talk about when we talk about Ebola

LONDON, 13 January 2015 (IRIN) - In the first of IRIN's "Open Forum" guest columns humanitarian consultant Paul Currion asks what it would take to keep the public's attention on Ebola. full report

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