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Ebola vaccine: reason to be hopeful?

DAKAR, 31 July 2015 (IRIN) - Researchers say an Ebola vaccine they were testing in Guinea is 100 percent effective. But will it be a game-changer? Experts weigh in. full report

Can WHO learn the lessons from Ebola?

DAKAR, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - As Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone continue to battle the Ebola outbreak, the international community's "delayed" and "inadequate" response last year has led many critics to ask: how can future responses be handled more effectively? full report

Photo feature: Sierra Leoneans still feeling the impact of Ebola

FREETOWN, 2 July 2015 (IRIN) - Sierra Leone is beginning to show some signs of recovering from the ongoing Ebola outbreak, but many family are still struggling to survive. full report

Schools reopen, but Ebola keeps pupils on the streets

FREETOWN, 6 May 2015 (IRIN) - Fear and poverty are keeping many children in Sierra Leone out of classrooms and on the streets hawking or labouring– another effect of the Ebola outbreak that kept schools closed for nine months. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: White elephants, corruption and IEDs

DUBAI, 17 April 2015 (IRIN) - This week's Top Picks features MSF's executive director on the dangers of mixing military and humanitarian missions, how homemade bombs affect aid work in Afghanistan, wasted Ebola funds in West Africa, the links between corruption and conflict in South Sudan, and much more. full report

Why are humanitarians so WEIRD?

BELGRADE, 15 April 2015 (IRIN) - In his latest column, recovering aid worker Paul Currion argues that humanitarian organisations are fundamentally WEIRD - Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich and Democratic. Unless that changes, he says, they will always struggle to understand the communities in which they work. full report

Pros and cons of Sierra Leone's Ebola lockdowns

FREETOWN, 9 April 2015 (IRIN) - Government-enforced "stay-at-homes" in Sierra Leone might help find hidden Ebola cases, but they also hurt people's livelihoods full report

What future for the humanitarian capital of the world?

GENEVA, 7 April 2015 (IRIN) - Geneva has firmly taken its place as one of the most expensive cities in the world, following a sharp rise in the value of the Swiss franc in January. Should cost-conscious aid agencies be headquartered there? full report

Sierra Leone's missing Ebola millions

FREETOWN, 30 March 2015 (IRIN) - Taxpayers and individual donors contributed some $18 million to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, where the disease has killed almost 3,800 people. When public auditors examined how the money had been spent, they found that records for more than half of the money were incomplete or entirely missing. full report

Killing us softly

HONG KONG, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Of the 100 million Chinese who watched a documentary - later censored - about air pollution in their country, 172,000 are likely to die each year from air pollution-related diseases. full report

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