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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

Universal health coverage - Ebola reveals the gaps

LONDON, 29 December 2014 (IRIN) - West Africa's Ebola epidemic has cruelly exposed the weaknesses of health systems in the countries where it struck. It was understandable that they were not prepared for Ebola, which has never been reported in the region before, but the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, says what they lacked was a robust public health infrastructure to deal with the unexpected. full report

Taming Sierra Leone’s Ebola spread

FREETOWN, 19 December 2014 (IRIN) - Sierra Leone is scrambling to recruit more health personnel and deploy more equipment to curb the rampant spread of Ebola in Western Area region which currently accounts for half the infections in the country. full report

Mystery over Ebola survivors’ ailments

DAKAR, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - For some Ebola survivors, overcoming the lethal viral assault has not heralded a full return to good health. An array of ailments including headache, joint pains, vision and hearing problems have afflicted convalescents; experts are still uncertain of the exact cause. full report

IRIN's Top Reads this week

DUBAI, 18 December 2014 (IRIN) - Do you want to stay on top of the current debate around humanitarian and development issues without having to trawl the web? Welcome to our reading list pulling together our correspondents' top picks of must-read research, reports and in-depth articles. full report

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

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

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