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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 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 Passes New Mining Code

Guinea Mines

New legislation promises to maximise revenues and tighten regulation.


Guinea’s new mining code, passed on September 9, promises to maximise the public revenues generated by foreign deposits and impose stricter regulations upon mining companies operating in the country.


The management of the country’s mining practices has been in dire need of reform for some time. Although Guinea possesses

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Picking brains of those who know...

Message: Hi my names Matthew and am interested in picking Alans brains about drumming and drum making in Guinea.


I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the north east of England, and have been djembe drumming for about ten years now.


I've reached a point where I want to take my drumming to another level ,and I believe to do this I will need to go to Africa.I've also repaired my own and many friends djembe's and am becoming keenly interested in carving my own from British wood.Again to do this I will have to go to Africa ,and as Guinea is widely known as the djembe centre of Africa here I am.


I am currently applying to a source of funding to travel overseas to learn best practice and new skills in my chosen field, with a view to share upon return.I am keen to talk with you about your experiences with drumming as a medium to aid therapeutic working, as I  found drumming a real benefit in connecting with myself once more after a prolonged period of drug abuse.


Hopefully ,if your interested, we can find a chance to chat via skype .


Yours  Matthew G



Drum circle classes?

We have heard a bit about some people teaching the djembe in a 'drumcircle' kind of way. What does this mean? Well, I wasn't there but some students reported that a teacher was teaching his own techniques for djembe that weren't slaps and tones but rather just a drum hit that was a bit like a slap and a tone. Slaps and tones were thought of as somehow above the beginner drummer. What do you think of this approach for the newbie students of drumming in a drumming class? Did I explain that well enough?


Alan's First Post

Hello World! This is our first post of the Ask The Djembefola area of our website. The name comes from my friend John Tracy about 7 or 8 years ago as we were designing our website at that time. Now, we are live! We welcome all questions and comments, within reason. It will be a self-monitored site so we expect you will use good taste when posting. It is for you and for drummers everywhere and not about me so much. Though I may stir the pot a bit...


Have fun. Share your ideas. Tell me what's happening in your drumming life and, more importantly, share it all with the community. We can ALL grow and benefit from new and old info, so let's get started!