How a project with good aims delivered bitter outcomes in Sierra Leone

Gearoid Millar, University of Aberdeen Reports about land-grabs in Africa often attack the corporations that stand to profit from such projects. But little is said of the international development banks that fund the projects. Development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund, because human rights protection is central …

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Ebola over, but WHO failure pinned on politicians

By Tania Rabesandratana Just as the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates the end of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, an academic paper says governments “bear the bulk of responsibility” for the UN body’s failures during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Yesterday (14 January), the WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak in Liberia. …

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Ebola virus found in survivors’ semen, 9 months later

By Pauline Okoth Preliminary results of a study in Sierra Leone documenting Ebola virus persistence in body fluids have confirmed the presence of the virus in survivors’ semen up to nine months after the onset of infection. The WHO declared Sierra Leone free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population last month (7 November), …

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Foreign troops helped defeat Ebola outbreak

By Gareth Willmer Military intervention during the 2014 Ebola outbreak was helpful, but more research is needed to define how the armed forces can work with civilian organisations in future health crises, a report says. More than 5,000 foreign soldiers were deployed to help combat Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after aid organisations …

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Communicate ‘across borders’ to beat epidemics

By Imogen Mathers In the 18 months since Guinea confirmed its first case of Ebola, those involved in emergency response have faced tough questions. Accusations have been levelled at the WHO and others in the global health sector for their slow response, at national governments and their failing health systems, at journalists for scaremongering and …

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