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Sierra Leone’s worrying Ebola trend

FREETOWN, 8 December 2014 (IRIN) - In the week ending 30 November, Sierra Leone reported 537 confirmed Ebola cases, 152 more than the previous week and over four times the combined number of cases in Guinea and Liberia during the same period, according to World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest updates. full report

Ebola: Where next and how bad?

LONDON, 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? full report

Locking Ebola out of Sierra Leone jails

DAKAR, 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? full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 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 full report

Bringing Ebola tests up to speed

DAKAR, 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. full report

Ebola orphans now face stigma, stress

KAILAHUN/DAKAR, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - West African countries generally have a strong social network that supports children during times of hardship and need. But for many of the hundreds of children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone, who sometimes witnessed their parents’ deaths, stress and trauma is compounded by social exclusion from their communities. full report

School lessons by radio in Sierra Leone, Liberia

MONROVIA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 14 November 2014 (IRIN) - With the nationwide closure of schools in Liberia and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola outbreak, and with no immediate prospect of them reopening, a growing number of students are receiving their lessons via radio. full report

Inside the Ebola hot zone

NAIROBI, 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. full report

Ebola: Diagnostic capabilities need boosting

FREETOWN/DAKAR, 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. full report

Ebola survivors work to improve response

FREETOWN/KAILAHUN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 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. full report

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