West Africa

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

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

Boko Haram fuels displacement crisis in Niger’s Diffa Region

DAKAR, 12 December 2014 (IRIN) - Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram militias have driven nearly 90,000 people into neighbouring Niger’s impoverished Diffa Region this year, sparking food security and protection worries. 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

Male Ebola survivors asked to abstain from sex

MONROVIA/DAKAR, 5 December 2014 (IRIN) - Male Ebola survivors in Liberia are being warned by local health authorities to abstain from sex for at least three months after being discharged from treatment centres, over fears the virus can still be passed on, even once the person has been given a clean bill of health. full report

IRIN's top reads this week

DUBAI, 4 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

Cash transfers: Good for people, bad for the community?

DAKAR, 2 December 2014 (IRIN) - Some 24 million people around the world now receive money instead of food or goods from humanitarian and development agencies. full report

Boko Haram hits north Cameroon schools

YAOUNDE, 1 December 2014 (IRIN) - Nearly 70 schools in Cameroon’s Far North Region have been forced to close, are damaged, or operate intermittently as a result of the recurrent cross-border raids by Nigerian Boko Haram insurgents, officials say. 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

Ebola: Where next and how bad?

LONDON, 1 December 2014 (IRIN) - In the past few months huge amounts of time and energy have been spent trying to second-guess the progress of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Where will the next hotspot be? Is the outbreak still exploding or is it starting to burn itself out? And how many beds will be needed next week, next month or next year? full report