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Silver lining in Ebola gloom

DAKAR, 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. full report

Ebola horror hastens use of test drugs

DAKAR, 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. full report

A tribute to two Ebola heroes

DAKAR, 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. full report

School tries to heal the divide in northern Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, 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. full report

Ebola response up but huge gaps remain

DAKAR/MONROVIA, 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. full report

Nigeria - the community turns against Boko Haram

MAIDUGURI, 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. full report

Time to investigate abuses in Nigeria

DAKAR, 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. full report

Donor support to Sahel "anaemic"

DAKAR, 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). full report

Ebola - softly, softly on bush meat

CONAKRY, 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. full report

Rising Ebola cases strain health workers

KENEMA/KAILAHUN/FREETOWN/MONROVIA, 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”. full report

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