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Guinea: Increasing censorship and pressure on leading musicians

Degg J duo
Degg J duo

The 2010 election of longtime opponent Alpha Kondé as president of Guinea brought with it hope that music and other forms of artistic expression would enjoy relatively untrammelled freedom.

 

Such optimism rode on the wave of a burgeoning hip hop scene, an established roster of international

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Liberia and Guinea discharge final Ebola patients in latest flare-up and begin 42 days of heightened surveillance

Two boys discharged from the Ebola treatment centre, 29 April 2016, Liberia WHO Liberia/Peter Glee
Two boys discharged from the Ebola treatment centre, 29 April 2016, Liberia WHO Liberia/Peter Glee

May 2016

 

Liberia’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partners held a ceremony at the Ebola treatment facility in Monrovia to celebrate the recovery and discharge of a 2-year-old boy, the final patient in a latest flare-up in Liberia. His 5-year-old brother recovered a week earlier.

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Girls in Guinea cut at earlier age as female support for FGM rises: U.N.

A woman holds a knife used in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Photo: UNICEF/Catherine Ntabadde
A woman holds a knife used in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Photo: UNICEF/Catherine Ntabadde

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls in Guinea are increasingly being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) before the age of 10, and support for the practice among women and girls in the West African nation is on the rise, the United Nations rights office said on Monday.

 

Seven in 10 women in Guinea aged 20 to 24 were cut before their tenth birthday, compared to 60 percent of women aged 45 to 49, despite the fact FGM has been illegal since 1965,

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The passion of a young volunteer in Guinea's Ebola response

Sekou Camara, 20, provided safe and dignified burials as part of the Red Cross Ebola emergency response and now, wanting to help his country recover, he has signed up for surveillance activities. Photo: Mountaga Drame, IFRC
Sekou Camara, 20, provided safe and dignified burials as part of the Red Cross Ebola emergency response and now, wanting to help his country recover, he has signed up for surveillance activities. Photo: Mountaga Drame, IFRC

 

Published: 4 April 2016 8:30 CET

By Mirabelle Enaka Kima, IFRC

 

Sekou Camara, 20, was among the first to volunteer to conduct safe and dignified burials with the Red Cross Society of Guinea when the Ebola outbreak began two years ago. Despite his young age, Sekou Camara dedicated himself to fighting Ebola, acquiring valuable experience along the way. When the outbreak was declared over, Sekou was ready for a new challenge and turned his sights to surveillance activities.

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Death toll rises to 7 in Guinea Ebola outbreak

The WHO said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constituted an international emergency, but the announcement of new cases in Guinea demonstrates the difficulty of managing the aftermath of the virus (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)
The WHO said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constituted an international emergency, but the announcement of new cases in Guinea demonstrates the difficulty of managing the aftermath of the virus (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)

Conakry (AFP) - A resurgence of Ebola in a rural Guinean community has killed seven people, health officials said Wednesday, even as the World Health Organization voiced confidence that remaining isolated cases could be contained.

 

The WHO said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constituted an international emergency, but the announcement of new cases demonstrated the difficulty of managing the aftermath of the virus.

 

The death of a man, two of his wives and his daughter were announced two weeks ago by the Guinean health authorities, who confirmed Wednesday a third wife and a mother-in-law also died after becoming infected in the village

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New Ebola group found in Guinea

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 @ 3:14pm

by Vaccine News Reports

 

Since March 22, there were 816 identified contacts located within 107 households.

Scientists recently discovered a new cluster of the Ebola virus in Guinea, as there were three unexplained deaths in Korokpara village, located in N’Zerekore prefecture, during the last few weeks.

 

This news is on the heels of Sierra Leone announcing that it is free of the Ebola virus. West Africa also recently announced that it is free of the disease.

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A young girl in Guinea has died from Ebola - the fourth person to die in the latest flare-up in the west African nation.

 AAP - 20 MAR 2016

 

A fourth person has died of Ebola in Guinea in the latest flare-up of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,300 people in that country, Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2013 but now claims few victims.

 

"The young girl who was hospitalized at the Ebola treatment centre in Nzerekore is dead," said Fode Tass Sylla, spokesman for the centre

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New Ebola Cases Confirmed In Guinea As WHO Warns Of More Possible Flare Ups

Two new cases of Ebola have been detected in Guinea, and WHO has warned that the African country is still at risk of Ebola flare-ups.

WHO dispatched a team of specialists to the southern prefecture of Nzérékoré after new cases were confirmed in a rural village.

 

Guinean health officials in the region alerted WHO and partners on 16 March to three

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After 2 Years And 2,500 Deaths, Guinea Is Ebola-Free

For a country to be declared free of the virus, it must go 42 days without seeing a new infection.

 

12/29/2015 12:54am


Michael McLaughlin
Reporter, The Huffington Post 


 

Guinea, one of the countries hit by the worst outbreak of Ebola, has been declared free of any cases of the deadly virus. 

 

 

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NEW VACCINE TO COUNTER THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC AWAITS APPROVAL

Upon Regulators’ Approval, the Vaccine, Licensed to Merck & Co. could end the Ebola Epidemic.


The Ebola epidemic that has taken the lives of thousands in West Africa could come to an end with a new hopeful vaccine.


The experimental vaccine was tested in Guinea on several thousands people and proved highly

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Guinea: Increasing censorship and pressure on leading musicians

Degg J duo
Degg J duo

The 2010 election of longtime opponent Alpha Kondé as president of Guinea brought with it hope that music and other forms of artistic expression would enjoy relatively untrammelled freedom.

 

Such optimism rode on the wave of a burgeoning hip hop scene, an established roster of international

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Liberia and Guinea discharge final Ebola patients in latest flare-up and begin 42 days of heightened surveillance

Two boys discharged from the Ebola treatment centre, 29 April 2016, Liberia WHO Liberia/Peter Glee
Two boys discharged from the Ebola treatment centre, 29 April 2016, Liberia WHO Liberia/Peter Glee

May 2016

 

Liberia’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partners held a ceremony at the Ebola treatment facility in Monrovia to celebrate the recovery and discharge of a 2-year-old boy, the final patient in a latest flare-up in Liberia. His 5-year-old brother recovered a week earlier.

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Girls in Guinea cut at earlier age as female support for FGM rises: U.N.

A woman holds a knife used in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Photo: UNICEF/Catherine Ntabadde
A woman holds a knife used in Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Photo: UNICEF/Catherine Ntabadde

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Girls in Guinea are increasingly being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) before the age of 10, and support for the practice among women and girls in the West African nation is on the rise, the United Nations rights office said on Monday.

 

Seven in 10 women in Guinea aged 20 to 24 were cut before their tenth birthday, compared to 60 percent of women aged 45 to 49, despite the fact FGM has been illegal since 1965,

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The passion of a young volunteer in Guinea's Ebola response

Sekou Camara, 20, provided safe and dignified burials as part of the Red Cross Ebola emergency response and now, wanting to help his country recover, he has signed up for surveillance activities. Photo: Mountaga Drame, IFRC
Sekou Camara, 20, provided safe and dignified burials as part of the Red Cross Ebola emergency response and now, wanting to help his country recover, he has signed up for surveillance activities. Photo: Mountaga Drame, IFRC

 

Published: 4 April 2016 8:30 CET

By Mirabelle Enaka Kima, IFRC

 

Sekou Camara, 20, was among the first to volunteer to conduct safe and dignified burials with the Red Cross Society of Guinea when the Ebola outbreak began two years ago. Despite his young age, Sekou Camara dedicated himself to fighting Ebola, acquiring valuable experience along the way. When the outbreak was declared over, Sekou was ready for a new challenge and turned his sights to surveillance activities.

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Death toll rises to 7 in Guinea Ebola outbreak

The WHO said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constituted an international emergency, but the announcement of new cases in Guinea demonstrates the difficulty of managing the aftermath of the virus (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)
The WHO said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constituted an international emergency, but the announcement of new cases in Guinea demonstrates the difficulty of managing the aftermath of the virus (AFP Photo/Carl de Souza)

Conakry (AFP) - A resurgence of Ebola in a rural Guinean community has killed seven people, health officials said Wednesday, even as the World Health Organization voiced confidence that remaining isolated cases could be contained.

 

The WHO said Tuesday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa no longer constituted an international emergency, but the announcement of new cases demonstrated the difficulty of managing the aftermath of the virus.

 

The death of a man, two of his wives and his daughter were announced two weeks ago by the Guinean health authorities, who confirmed Wednesday a third wife and a mother-in-law also died after becoming infected in the village

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New Ebola group found in Guinea

Monday, Mar 28, 2016 @ 3:14pm

by Vaccine News Reports

 

Since March 22, there were 816 identified contacts located within 107 households.

Scientists recently discovered a new cluster of the Ebola virus in Guinea, as there were three unexplained deaths in Korokpara village, located in N’Zerekore prefecture, during the last few weeks.

 

This news is on the heels of Sierra Leone announcing that it is free of the Ebola virus. West Africa also recently announced that it is free of the disease.

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A young girl in Guinea has died from Ebola - the fourth person to die in the latest flare-up in the west African nation.

 AAP - 20 MAR 2016

 

A fourth person has died of Ebola in Guinea in the latest flare-up of an epidemic that has killed more than 11,300 people in that country, Sierra Leone and Liberia since 2013 but now claims few victims.

 

"The young girl who was hospitalized at the Ebola treatment centre in Nzerekore is dead," said Fode Tass Sylla, spokesman for the centre

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New Ebola Cases Confirmed In Guinea As WHO Warns Of More Possible Flare Ups

Two new cases of Ebola have been detected in Guinea, and WHO has warned that the African country is still at risk of Ebola flare-ups.

WHO dispatched a team of specialists to the southern prefecture of Nzérékoré after new cases were confirmed in a rural village.

 

Guinean health officials in the region alerted WHO and partners on 16 March to three

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After 2 Years And 2,500 Deaths, Guinea Is Ebola-Free

For a country to be declared free of the virus, it must go 42 days without seeing a new infection.

 

12/29/2015 12:54am


Michael McLaughlin
Reporter, The Huffington Post 


 

Guinea, one of the countries hit by the worst outbreak of Ebola, has been declared free of any cases of the deadly virus. 

 

 

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NEW VACCINE TO COUNTER THE EBOLA EPIDEMIC AWAITS APPROVAL

Upon Regulators’ Approval, the Vaccine, Licensed to Merck & Co. could end the Ebola Epidemic.


The Ebola epidemic that has taken the lives of thousands in West Africa could come to an end with a new hopeful vaccine.


The experimental vaccine was tested in Guinea on several thousands people and proved highly

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Guinea's last Ebola case, a baby girl, leaves hospital

By Emma Farge

DAKAR (Reuters) - A one-month-old baby girl who was Guinea's last reported Ebola case left hospital on Saturday, delighting medical staff and putting the country on course to be declared free of the deadly virus.


Guinea will become officially Ebola-free after 42 days if no new cases are reported following the recovery of baby Nubia -- thought to be the first baby to survive after being born to an infected

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Ebola: the US government changes its advice on trips in Guinea.

Ebola: the US government changes its advice on trips in Guinea.


The principal US government agency for the protection of public health and public safety (CDC) no longer recommends that Americans avoid travel to residents 'non essential' on Guinea that is in the countdown to the end of the epidemic Ebola.

 

The CDC informs the American public that there

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Guinea, Last Nation With Ebola, May Soon Be Declared Free of Virus

A Doctors Without Borders health worker held Nubia Soumah, a girl who is the last known Ebola patient in active treatment in the world, this month at an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, Guinea.
A Doctors Without Borders health worker held Nubia Soumah, a girl who is the last known Ebola patient in active treatment in the world, this month at an Ebola treatment center in Conakry, Guinea.

By DIONNE SEARCEY


NOV. 17, 2015


DAKAR, Senegal — The worst Ebola outbreak in history took a big step toward ending on Tuesday when Guinea, the only nation where the virus had been lingering, began its official countdown to being declared free of the disease.



The countdown began after a 3-week-old girl, Nubia Soumah, the last known patient in active treatment in the world, tested negative for the

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We Are Over Ebola in Guinea

2015/11/17


We must now wait 42 days without a new case for the country to declare an end to the epidemic.


The last patient known Ebola in Guinea, an infant aged 19 days, has been cured and left Conakry hospital where he was being treated, said

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Guinea's last Ebola patient released from care in Conakry

The baby was born to an infected mother at the Nongo Ebola treatment centre
The baby was born to an infected mother at the Nongo Ebola treatment centre

The baby was born to an infected mother at the Nongo Ebola treatment centre.

The last known Ebola patient in Guinea has recovered and been released from a treatment centre in the capital, Conakry, health officials say.


A spokesman for Guinea's Ebola co-ordination unit said two tests on the patient - a baby - had been negative.

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Guinea releases last 68 people from Ebola quarantine

Guinea releases last 68 people from Ebola quarantine
Guinea releases last 68 people from Ebola quarantine

The final 68 people who had been in contact with an Ebola patient were released from quarantine on Saturday, said a senior health official, raising hopes of an end to the disease in the last West African country with confirmed cases.


The world's worst Ebola epidemic, which hopped borders to kill more than 11,300 people and devastate already fragile West African economies, has already been declared over in

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Guinea records three new cases of Ebola, brings total to nine

CONAKRY Oct 28 (Reuters) - Three more people in Guinea have been infected with the Ebola virus, a senior health official said on Wednesday, further dampening hopes of an imminent end to the world's worst recorded outbreak of the disease.


The three were infected in Forecariah in western Guinea from the family of a woman who died of Ebola and whose body was handled without appropriate protection, said

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Guinea police fire teargas at protesters in capital

CONAKRY (Reuters) - Guinea's government called for calm on Wednesday after police fired teargas at protesters in Conakry, the capital, before provisional election results are announced later this week.

 

These are typical of election weeks and sometimes the unrest lasts for a few weeks. And then calm will return to Guinea.

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Rwanda: Ebola Could be Defeated by Close of Year - WHO

Rwanda: Ebola Could be Defeated by Close of Year - WHO


The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could be eliminated completely by the end of the year if efforts to root out new cases are kept up, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said Thursday.


WHO director Margaret Chan, however, cautioned there could be setbacks in the coming months, but said, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone could begin 2016 completely 

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Why Guinea Matters to America

Blessed with abundant natural resources, Guineans should live in the most prosperous country in West Africa. But my country remains stuck in extreme poverty because of a half century of authoritarian governments, often inspired by the teachings of Karl Marx.


During this long period when Guineans struggled, fortunately there was good news and some hope. My country has been a bulwark of stability in West Africa’s so-called “arc of crisis.” So far, Guineans have been spared the tragic 

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Anti-Ebola Health Messages Go Viral in Guinea

Simple Phone Game Reaches Illiterate and Low-literate Populations


Halting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no laughing matter, but a phone information service developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers is leveraging people’s interest in phone games and wacky humor to help spread urgent health information to people in Guinea.

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Guinea opposition calls for 'anyone but Conde'

Thousands of opposition activists rallied in the Guinean capital on Thursday demanding "anyone but Alpha" Conde be returned in presidential polls expected before the end of the year.


Protesters at a stadium in Conakry chanted "Alpha zero, Alpha Ebola", waving banners that read "Alpha = injustice" and "Anyone but Alpha in 2015".

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Four Hurt in Guinea Clashes Ahead of Talks

Four Hurt in Guinea Clashes Ahead of Talks



A security officer walks past a burned car in Conakry, Guinea, where youths clashed with security forces, raising pressure on President Alpha Conde ahead of talks with the opposition on a dispute over the timing of elections, May 7, 2015. 

Reuters

At least four people were injured Thursday in clashes involving protesters, security forces and government supporters that threatened to derail a planned meeting between Guinea's president and the leader of the opposition.

President Alpha Conde has invited Cellou Dalein Diallo to talks on Friday. An opposition spokesman said this week that Diallo was ready to meet Conde, after rejecting earlier overtures.

But Diallo said Thursday that he had been prevented from leaving his home by security forces posted outside the entrance.

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Ten medical workers being evacuated to US from Sierra Leone after helping colleague diagnosed with Ebola

Ebola Sign
Reminders of Ebola’s terrifying spread through the region are everywhere. In Port Loko district in Sierra Leone, a sign advises passers-by about a quarantined home

 

 Ten medical workers with a Boston charity who went to the aid of a colleague diagnosed with Ebola, are being evacuated to the US where they will be placed in isolation units.


The organisation Partners in Health said that last week that one of its members working to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone had been tested positive for the disease. That person had already been flown to the US and was receiving special treatment at the National Institutes of Health Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, it said.

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Ebola Crisis: Red Cross workers attacked as virus conspiracies create panic in Guinea

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Members of the French military check a medical centre at Conakry's International airport, on 19 January 2015

Ebola health workers have been the victims of mob attacks across Guinea caused by false rumours spread by opposition politicians , international NGOs exclusively claimed to IBTimes UK. 

The latest of these rumours - that the Red Cross was intentionally spraying schoolchildren with the virus - spread chaos in the capital Conakry and the region of Faranah last week, resulting in violent attacks against the organisation workers.


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Veteran Doctor Fears Rise of a Drug-Resistant Strain Will Help the Disease Spread

Bangkok


Despite a sharp drop in malaria-related deaths over the past decade, a veteran doctor here, in the heart of the world’s malaria belt, says now is the time to wage a large-scale battle with the mosquito-borne disease.


One colleague calls Nick White “the grandmaster” of drug therapy for malaria. Dr. White and other researchers worry about the resistance to artemisinin—a drug that has

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Schools in Guinea closed amid Ebola to reopen Monday

ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — All schools in Guinea will reopen on Monday after being closed amid the deadly Ebola outbreak, Guinea's health minister said Friday.

Health minister Remy Lamah told The Associated Press in Accra, Ghana during a summit by the Economic Community of West African States that the action is being taken "because the situation has improved." 

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A hopeful new trend on Ebola

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In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In a letter published online Wednesday, Dec. 24. 2014, by the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report that the Ebola death rate seems to have fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. 


In a letter published online Wednesday, Dec. 24. 2014, by the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report that the Ebola death rate seems to have fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus. (AP Photo/Michael Duff, File) FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, a healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a letter published online Wednesday, Dec. 24. 2014, by the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors report that the Ebola death rate seems to have fallen even though there are no specific medicines or vaccines to fight the virus.


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Ebola Epidemic Continues to Spread

Drums, Ebola, Guinea.
CDC Directgor Tom Frieden tours King Tom Cemetery in Sierra Leone, where safe and dignified burials are taking place.

Ebola Epidemic Continues to Spread


[CDC] – After more than a year of Ebola transmission in Guinea and more than 7 months of transmission in Liberia and Sierra Leone, there is still much to be done to stop the world’s first Ebola epidemic, CDC director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H reported from his second visit to the three affected nations.

Dr. Frieden returned Sunday from West Africa, where he spoke with patients and staff; met with many of CDC’s 170 staff working in each of the countries; and met with the presidents, health ministers, and Ebola leadership of each country. He described the situation as both inspiring and sobering.


“It is inspiring to see how much better the response has become in the past two months, how much international commitment there is, and, most importantly, how hard people from each of the three countries are working to stop Ebola,” Dr. Frieden said. “But it is sobering that Ebola continues to spread rapidly in Sierra Leone and that in parts of Monrovia and Conakry Ebola is spreading unabated. Improvements in contact tracing are urgently needed.” 


At a telebriefing held to discuss the results of his trip to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, Dr. Frieden described progress in some areas but continued growth in Ebola cases in other areas. Lingering unmet needs throughout the region continue to challenge response

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Guinea leader warns Boko Haram risks spreading in region

Guinea leader warns Boko Haram risks spreading in region


Alpha Conde, pictured on November 26, 2014 at the presidential palace in Conakry, says Islamic extremism …


Paris (AFP) - Guinea's president warned Sunday that Islamic extremism risked spreading throughout west Africa and called on countries in the region to do more to help Nigeria in its struggle against Boko Haram.


Alpha Conde's comments came after the radical group kidnapped 185 people in northeast Nigeria on December 14, in a chillingly similar event to the April abduction in Chibok of more than 200 school girls.

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US Ebola vaccine trial reports positive results

A related vaccine is due to be tested in West Africa in 2015.

Ewen Callaway


A volunteer receives Ebola vaccine at the Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine in Oxford, UK, on 17 September.


An experimental vaccine against Ebola virus seems to be safe and commands a strong immune response against the virus, according to tests in 20 healthy people in the United States. The results of the phase 1 trial are published in the New England Journal of Medicine1.


“All in all, I would say it was a successful phase 1 study,” says Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of 

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Russian An-124 Aircraft With Mobile Clinic Aboard Arrive in Guinea

Russian An-124 Aircraft With Mobile Clinic Aboard Arrive in Guinea


According to Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman, the An-124 military transport aircraft have delivered more than 150 tons of medical equipment for the establishment of a field hospital in Guinea.


MOSCOW, November 16 (Sputnik) — Russian An-124 Ruslan aircraft with a field hospital and a stock of medicines on board have landed in the Conakry airport, Republic of Guinea, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense said Sunday.

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Ebola and us: Why fear is something to fear itself

A photo of Boccaccio's of 1916
A tale from Boccaccio's "Decameron", by John William Waterhouse (1916). Photo by Wikimedia Commons

As pandemics go, Ebola is a midget, but its potential for instilling panic could have economic ramifications for Israel and the developed world far in excess of its death toll.

By David Rosenberg


There's something about pandemics that brings out the medieval in many of us.

In the African countries that have been hardest by the Ebola virus, many people have resorted to pre-modern "solutions" like turning to witch doctors, hiding family members with

 

Ebola rather than taking them for treatment, and attacking clinics. They ignore the urgings of doctors and scientists to avoid contact with dead bodies at funerals, and thus infection spreads.

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The Poor and the Sick

Woman getting checked for Ebola with thermometer.
A health worker checks the temperature of a woman entering Mali from Guinea at the border in Kouremale, October 2, 2014. (Joe Penney / Courtesy Reuters)

What Cholera and Ebola Have in Common


The two deadliest outbreaks of this century can be traced to one thing: poverty. Cholera exploded in the Haitian countryside in October 2010, infecting more than 600,000 people and killing 8,600. Ebola surfaced this March in Guinea and has since spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of mid-October, more than 8,000 have been infected and 4,000 have died, almost exclusively in West Africa.


At first glance, the two outbreaks couldn’t be less similar. Cholera moves quickly but it is a nineteenth-century disease, easily thwarted by modern water treatment systems and health care. It ravaged Haiti, but it has not spread beyond the developing world. Ebola, on the other hand, moves slowly and is not as easily treated. Further, it has reached the United States, earning it near-obsessive attention in U.S. news. 


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Ebola may be gruesome but it’s not the biggest threat to Africa

Chlidren pose for a photo in Africa
Children by a clean water supply in Mozambique

Malaria has killed 70 times more people this year – even though it’s very easy to prevent


Mystery diseases inspire a special terror in the West. Buried in our psyche lies the idea that a new Black Death will one day appear, shattering the medical protection we have built over the years. Horror films are made about killer viruses sweeping Britain but even they look mild compared to some of the hysteria emanating from the Government. 


A few years ago, the Department of Health warned that another pandemic is “inevitable” and predicted up to 750,000 British deaths. “Socioeconomic disruption will be massive,” it concluded. We are, apparently, just waiting for the next big virus to strike.


Perhaps this explains the panicky reaction to Ebola. It’s hardly a new disease, having emerged (and been defeated) several times before – but it has never been as big as it is now. It’s certainly gruesome, killing seven in 10 people it infects with symptoms including bleeding from the eyes and ears. There are 4,500 dead so far and there are fears 

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IFRC Ebola response in Guinea: explaining why we do, what we do

Ebola treatment in Guinea
Helena Humphrey told DW that much of the Red Cross work focuses on education and awareness

The WHO says Ebola cases are on the rise in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. DW spoke to the IFRC spokesperson for Ebola Response in West Africa, Helena Humphrey, about the daily fight against the deadly virus.


DW: What has been the public's response to the operation to stop the spread of Ebola?


Helena Humphrey: Everybody here knows why they are fighting against Ebola. When I have spoken to people in different villages, and I have asked them why they are fighting Ebola, they have all come back to me with convincing answers, but different answers. They said, to protect myself, to protect my family, and to protect you, people from western countries, so it does not spread further. They also said to 

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Ebola deflating hopes for 3 poor African economies

Photo of Guinea marketplace
FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, people do business at the Waterside local market in the center of Monrovia, Liberia. Just as their economies had begun to recover from the man-made horror of coups and civil war, the West African nations of Guinea,

WASHINGTON — Just as their economies had begun to recover from the man-made horror of coups and civil war, the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been knocked back down by a terrifying force of nature: the Ebola virus.


In addition to the human toll — more than 4,000 dead so far — the outbreak has paralyzed economic life. Across the Ebola zone, shops are closed, hotels vacant, flights cancelled, fields untended, investments on hold.


In Conakry, capital of Guinea, stray dogs, goats and sheep are plopping down next to empty stalls in street markets devoid of shoppers.


About the only things people want to buy are products meant to guard against Ebola — antiseptic gels and devices that attach to faucets and add chlorine to the water.


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Guinea: Donka Ebola treatment centre in Conakry stretched to the limit

Ebola ambulance in Guinea
Tike, 9 years old, together with his elder sister Miatta and younger brother Jina sent by ambulance to MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Loene. Both their parents already died of Ebola.

Conakry – the first major city to be affected by the West Africa Ebola outbreak – is currently seeing a massive spike in cases. In July, case numbers appeared to decrease in Guinea, suggesting the end of the outbreak might be near.

 

But MSF is now caring for more than 120 patients – of whom 85 are confirmed to have the virus – in its two case management facilities in the country, Conakry and Guéckédou.


The Donka Ebola management centre, situated inside the Ministry of Health hospital complex in Conakry, has been particularly badly affected. The facility admitted 22 patients in one day (6 October), 18 of them coming from Coyah region, 50 kilometres east of Conakry.

 

There are now 62 patients in the Donka center, which has 60 beds and is currently being expanded with 14 more. This would appear to confirm fears of a massive hike in cases in 

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The surprising Ebola connection to chocolate

Cocoa production in West Africa
Gambi Gbanble harvests a pod of cocoa beans from his plantation near the village of Baba, in the southern rainforests of Ivory Coast, May 30, 1998. (AP)

Just when you thought you knew all the consequences of the Ebola pandemic, here’s another one: it could affect the supply of chocolate.  Of course that doesn’t rise to the seriousness of illness and death, but it does show how much Ebola affects trade and production.


An estimated 70% of the world’s cocoa beans come from the West African countries of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. Ivory Coast is the world’s largest producer, exporting 37.8% of the world’s cocoa, according to the Wall Street Journal. (In fact, Ivory Coast just posted a record harvest and the government increased its minimum price to farmers.)


As with other crops and minerals in Africa, there are human 

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Tabaski rams bought in Paris, eaten in Dakar

Sheep for Tabaski
Rams waiting to be bought These sheep need no passports to cross borders - it's a Tabaski free for all.

Tabaski rams bought in Paris, eaten in Dakar

By Fiona Graham

Technology of business reporter, BBC News, Dakar, Senegal


Counting sheep: Across Senegal's capital, Dakar, rams crowd streets and parks destined to be sacrificed for Tabaski


"It's a party, it's joy, you know. We go to mosque in beautiful new clothes, the women prepare the sauce, the meat, we eat together at home and with our neighbours. It's really marvellous."


Abdulaziz Nder sells sheep. More particularly, once a year he takes sheep into the centre of Dakar, a vibrant, sun-drenched city of eight million inhabitants, where he will spend several 

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Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?

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An Ivorian health worker screens international travelers at the Felix Houphouet Boigny International airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Legnan Koula/European Pressphoto Agency)

Why hasn’t the U.S. closed its airports to travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries?

By Abby Phillip October 2 at 3:33 PM

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Now that a man in the United States has been diagnosed with Ebola, some are asking why we haven't stopped allowing people traveling from West Africa into our airports.


Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient currently being treated in the Dallas area, boarded a flight from Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Texas on Sept. 20. United Airlines said Wednesday that it was told by the CDC that Duncan had used the airline to travel from Brussels to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., before flying from Dulles to Dallas-Fort Worth.

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The West ignores the stories of Africans in the middle of the Ebola outbreak

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A Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer to screen Muslim pilgrims for Ebola at the Hajj camp before boarding a plane for Saudi Arabia at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba/AP)

It wasn’t surprising that Western journalists would react with doom-and-gloom when the Ebola outbreak began in West Africa. Or that the crisis would not be treated as a problem confronting all humanity — a force majeure — but as one of “those diseases” that afflict “those people” over there in Africa.

 

Most Western media immediately fell into fear-mongering. Rarely did they tell the stories of Africans who survived Ebola, or meaningfully explore what it means to see your child or parent or other family member or friend be stricken with the disease.

 

Where are the stories of the wrenching decisions of families forced to abandon loved ones or the bravery required to simply live as a human in conditions where everyone walks on the edge of suspicion?

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Ebola outbreak: Health team 'found dead' in Guinea

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Some villagers in Guinea have been scared by the appearance of health workers trying to combat Ebola

Officials in Guinea searching for a team of health workers and journalists who went missing while trying to raise awareness of Ebola have found several bodies. A spokesman for Guinea's government said the bodies included those of three journalists in the team. 

 

They went missing after being attacked on Tuesday in a village near the southern city of Nzerekore. More than 2,600 people have now died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

 

It is the world's worst outbreak of the deadly disease, with officials warning that more than 20,000 people could ultimately be infected.

 

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Obama Plans Major Ebola Offensive

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Volunteers in Centennial, Colo., load medical supplies last week bound for Sierra Leone to combat Ebola. Associated Press

More Doctors, Supplies and Portable Hospitals Planned for Africa


By CAROL E. LEE and BETSY MCKAY CONNECT

Sept. 14, 2014 7:41 p.m. ET


WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama plans to dramatically boost the U.S. effort to mitigate the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including greater involvement of the U.S. military, people familiar with the proposal said.


Mr. Obama is expected to detail the plan during a visit Tuesday to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, these people said. Among the possible moves: sending additional portable hospitals, doctors and health-care experts, providing medical supplies and conducting training for health workers in Liberia and other countries.

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SA spooks fixed Guinea poll

Top politicians and businessmen have been cited in a US court case over disputed mining rights in Guinea.


Claims festering for two years that South African business and ­intelligence interests rigged elections in Guinea have burst into the open in a New York court battle over the Eldorado of iron mining.

 

At stake is the ore mass that is the Simandou mountain range in the West African country’s forested south, thought to be the world’s richest iron deposit.

 

In a court filing last week, mining dynast Beny Steinmetz named 83 individuals and companies – key among them 

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Ebola is surging in places it had been beaten back

By Boubacar Diallo and Sarah DiLorenzo of The Associated Press 

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 8:38 am


CONAKRY, Guinea — Doctors Without Borders shuttered one of its Ebola treatment centers in Guinea in May. They thought the deadly virus was being contained there.


The Macenta region, right on the Liberian border, had been one of the first places where the outbreak surfaced, but they hadn't seen a new case for weeks. So they packed up, leaving a handful of staff on stand-by. The outbreak was showing signs of slowing elsewhere as well.

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Nearly 60 wounded in Guinea Ebola riots, local government says

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Health workers take off their protective suits as they finish their shifts at the Pita hospital in Guinea Photo: AFP

At least 55 hurt after clashes between protesters and security forces in Guinea's second-largest city - at the epicentre of West African Ebola outbreak


Clashes between protesters and security forces in a Guinean city at the epicentre of the West African Ebola outbreak have left at least 55 wounded, the local government said on Saturday.


A curfew was imposed in N'Zerekore, Guinea's second-largest city, after two days of protests Thursday and Friday by market stall holders against a team of health workers sent, without notice, to spray their market with disinfectant.


Regional governor Lancei Conde said at least 27 law enforcement officers forces were among the wounded.

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Cause of Ebola Outbreak poss. due to funeral in Guinea

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Since the West African outbreak started in March, at least 1,552 have died

The May funeral of a healer in Guinea may have caused the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone at a time when experts hoped the disease was under control, according to a new study.


By touching or washing the body in preparation for the ceremony, more than a dozen women contracted the deadly virus and spread it in Sierra Leone. The disease then exploded in the country, according to new DNA mapping of Ebola by a team of 50 scientists – five of whom died of the disease while fighting the outbreak.


Health researcher Stephen Gire, who was part of the team which mapped the outbreak, told reporters: “You had this huge burst after it looked like the outbreak was starting to die down,”


“It sort of threw a wrench in the response,” he added.

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If They Survive in the Ebola Ward, They Work On

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Josephine Finda Sellu, deputy nurse matron at a government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, where 15 Ebola nurses have died. Samuel Aranda for The New York Times

KENEMA, Sierra Leone — The best defense against despair was to keep working. Many times, that choice was far from obvious: Josephine Finda Sellu lost 15 of her nurses to Ebola in rapid succession and thought about quitting herself.


She did not. 


Ms. Sellu, the deputy nurse matron, is a rare survivor who never stopped toiling at the government hospital here, Sierra Leone’s biggest death trap for the virus during the dark months of June and July. Hers is a select club, consisting of perhaps three women on the original Ebola nursing staff who did not become infected, who watched their colleagues die, and who are still carrying on.


“There is a need for me to be around,” said Ms. Sellu, 42, who oversees the Ebola nurses. “I am a senior. All the junior nurses 

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CDC: 3 to 6 months may be needed to stem Ebola in West Africa

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By Ben Brumfield and Jacque Wilson, CNN

July 31, 2014 -- Updated 1822 GMT (0222 HKT)

Source: CNN

 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

NEW: CDC issues warning issues warning against "nonessential" travel to affected countries

NEW: It could take three to six months to stem the epidemic, CDC says

• Ebola hemorrhagic fever believed to have killed 729, WHO says

• Some humanitarian organizations are leaving the region to protect their own

 

(CNN) -- Nancy Writebol fought for her life against Ebola hemorrhagic fever on Thursday. While she did, the virus that befell the American missionary in Liberia as she worked to save its victims continued on a rampage through West Africa.

 

It is believed to have killed 729 people in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria from

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