West Africa

Nigerians the winners in tense election

KADUNA, 31 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nigeria's presidential election has been won by Muhammadu Buhari, a former military ruler who becomes the first opposition leader ever to unseat an incumbent. Will an election whose result has been accepted by the defeated president, Goodluck Jonathan, help to heal Nigeria's deep divisions? 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

Nigeria's election - "anything fit happen"

ABUJA, 27 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nigeria is increasingly tense in the countdown to presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan is facing an exceptionally strong challenge from former military ruler, General Muhammadu Buhari. Never has a presidential race been so close, and with that the risk of major political violence increases. full report

One year on: why Ebola is not yet over in Guinea

CONAKRY/DAKAR, 23 March 2015 (IRIN) - The Ebola outbreak, which was first declared on 22 March 2014, continues to ravage the country, in large part because information campaigns have failed to bring about comprehensive changes in behavior and beliefs. full report

Ebola and HIV: how to change behaviour for the long term

NAIROBI, 20 March 2015 (IRIN) - Ebola-hit countries are working hard to reduce their infection rates and get to zero, with mixed success. But when the day does come and the crisis is declared over, how can prevention lessons be made to stick? Are there models to emulate from the global HIV campaign? full report

Beyond the outbreak: leading expert on what the Ebola crisis can teach us

LONDON, 19 March 2015 (IRIN) - What lessons can be drawn from the Ebola crisis? Epidemiologist Jimmy Whitworth talks to IRIN about treatment, prevention, “research windows,” and how little has changed since an 1854 cholera epidemic. full report

A long wait for home – how Ebola kept refugees stuck in Liberia

ABIDJAN, 18 March 2015 (IRIN) - Nearly 38,000 Ivorian refugees living in Liberia have been unable to return home since July 2014, when Cote d’Ivoire closed its borders with Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. full report

"Let’s finish the job" : UN Ebola envoy

DAKAR, 16 March 2015 (IRIN) - At the height of the Ebola outbreak in September, the United Nations appointed public health expert Dr. David Nabarro as its Special Envoy on Ebola. He spoke to IRIN from New York about ongoing challenges and lessons learned. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Aid worker anxiety, conflict pollution and DRR

LONDON , 13 March 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share some of their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. We also highlight key upcoming conferences, book releases and policy debates. full report