West Africa

Overcoming Ebola stigma takes time

FREETOWN/MONROVIA/DAKAR, 31 October 2014 (IRIN) - Ebola survivors in Liberia and Sierra Leone are facing mixed reactions as they return home after contracting the deadly virus. While some have been welcomed back into their communities, most are facing discrimination and stigmatization, or have even been shunned. full report

Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel

DAKAR, 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). full report

Ebola: Experienced doctors still rare

MONROVIA, 27 October 2014 (IRIN) - The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. Fear of contracting the virus and restricted air travel have also slowed the response. full report

Exporting Ebola - who's really at risk?

LONDON, 22 October 2014 (IRIN) - More than 50 percent of Americans report being afraid of a mass Ebola outbreak on US soil, according to a Harvard poll earlier this month, but health experts say the true risk is further spread of the virus within the West African region. full report

Ebola - Can you quarantine West Africa?

NEW YORK, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - Since the death of Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas on 8 October and the Ebola infection of two US nurses that treated him, there have been increasing calls by US lawmakers to ban travel from the countries most affected by the virus - Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. full report

Ebola hits West Africa food security

KENEMA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 20 October 2014 (IRIN) - West Africa's Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies. full report

Liberians in US face worsening Ebola stigma

NEW YORK, 17 October 2014 (IRIN) - Africans living in the US from the three Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are under enormous pressure trying to help their families and ravaged communities back home. And they face an additional challenge: stigma. full report

Is Freetown fighting a losing battle against Ebola?

FREETOWN, 16 October 2014 (IRIN) - On the return trip to Freetown from Kenema a couple of days later we meet Laventa Konneh in Moyambo town, the only person allowed to leave her house because the town is in lockdown and she is a contact tracer. full report

Ebola workers urge safety, solidarity

NAIROBI, 14 October 2014 (IRIN) - Hanna Majanen summed it up best: "It is the things you do automatically that are difficult. People will touch their face, rub their eyes and bite their fingernails. These are the things you forget.” full report

Day in the life of a Kenema Ebola treatment centre

KENEMA, 14 October 2014 (IRIN) - We’re heading to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) Ebola treatment centre 15km out of Kenema town in eastern Sierra Leone. It’s known locally as the “Ebola camp” because it’s made up of a dozen or so white tented structures set up outside. It is surrounded by lush green forest and mountains loom in the distance. full report