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What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can't distinguish them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn't shake.

After the Ebola Epidemic... What's Next for Africa?

Bekeh Utietiang | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Bekeh Utietiang

Disease in Africa is a perennial problem and cannot be resolved with short-gap measures such as occasional interventions when there are epidemics. The problem is structural and systemic and requires the West to address the actual problem and not make Africa recipients of perpetual Western charity

Getting to Zero -- and Staying at Zero

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Save the Children has been hard at work over the last year in order to help bring the world to this point. In Liberia, we've reached over 165,000 people, built two Ebola Treatment Centers, provided psychosocial support to more than 5000 children, reunified 65 children with their families and much, much more. But we didn't do all of this alone.

Liberian Schools Affected By Ebola Receive 700,000 Education Kits

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact

Thousands of Liberian schools are being given educational tools in an effort to bolster post-Ebola recovery efforts, UNICEF reported on Monday. Th...

The New York Blood Center Has No Heart

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

The New York Blood Center has abandoned a colony of 66 chimps in Liberia that its research teams used in experiments for three decades, reports James Gorman of the New York Times in a story today. This story is not just about the chimpanzees, but also about the caregivers who have sacrificed so much.

Hot Zones: The Intersection of Corruption, Poor Governance and Ebola

Washington Osiro | Posted 05.21.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Something African leaders have deftly avoided discussing in the wake of the Ebola outbreak is the impact their corrupt and incompetent governance has had on how they (mis)manage such crises.

Baltimore Artist Creates Beautifully Bold School Murals In Liberia, Now Ebola-Free

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 05.21.2015 | Good News

A damaged school in post-Ebola Liberia is receiving a fresh start -- in part -- through art. David Cogdill, a Baltimore street artist, has worked ...

Meet the Ebola Filmmakers in Liberia

Blair Glencorse | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

The Liberia Film Institute's latest class of filmmakers recently completed a series of short documentaries and dramas dealing with their country's unprecedented Ebola outbreak. Here's a look at some of the student filmmakers behind the project.

After Ebola: How Civil Society Can Help Mitigate the Next Crisis

Randal Mason | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Randal Mason

After a period of intense national suffering, Liberia has just been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization. In addition to thanking the dedicated health care workers in her country, President Sirleaf acknowledged the key role civil society played in helping to turn the tide.

Liberia Is Ebola Free. We Can Do More.

Raj Panjabi | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Raj Panjabi

We take pause today to celebrate the end of this outbreak and the progress that has been made. However, another celebration will be had in a decade's time, when the vestige of this ordeal is an expansive health system that is resilient enough to address threats to the country's health in an expedient and effective manner.

Meet a Feminist Hero at the Heart of the Ebola Crisis

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Sarah Beauchamp

Body Team 12, one of the many body teams working to collect victims in Liberia during the Ebola crisis, stands several feet away. Only one member approaches at first, Garmai Sumo, the only female member of the team.

Ebola, Liberia and the Cognitive Dissonance of Development Research

Adam Lewis | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Adam Lewis

There exists one obvious and inconvenient solution that the global health community can no longer afford to overlook: Make development research more accessible to developing countries' policymakers, institutions, health workers and communities.

Liberia Declared Free Of Ebola After Weeks Without New Cases

AP | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia is now free of Ebola after going 42 days - twice the maximum incubation period for the deadly disease - without any ...

A Promise to the Missing Moms

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

When world leaders meet in September at the United Nations General Assembly in New York to enshrine the new post-2015 development agenda, we need to generate the political will to drastically drive down and end avoidable maternal deaths in our lifetime.

Free at Last! (But Not Forever)

Adam C. Levine | Posted 05.08.2015 | World
Adam C. Levine

If all goes as planned, sometime today the World Health Organization will officially declare Liberia to be free at last of the deadly Ebola virus, having passed through the requisite 42-day window without a single new case of the disease.

Geologist Discovers Plant That May Only Grow On Top Of Diamonds

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.07.2015 | Science

There she grows! A picky plant found in West Africa may grow only on top of mineral deposits often loaded with diamonds, according to research soon...

The Drawdown of the UN Mission in Liberia Resumes

Karin Landgren | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Karin Landgren

Liberia has 14 months to assume full responsibility for all facets of its security. Lessons learned during the Ebola crisis can help ensure a successful transition.

Are Mormons Playing the Race Card?

Seth Adam Smith | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Seth Adam Smith

As a practicing Mormon, I applaud the makers of this FREETOWN for bringing poignant questions to the screen in a powerful, faith-promoting way.

How Headshots Are Humanizing Ebola Health Care Workers

James Heffernan | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
James Heffernan

Except perhaps on Halloween, most of us don't like to see faces hidden by hoods, which suggest mystery and sometimes menace. So you may well imagine that even a patient suffering from Ebola might feel alienated by the sight of a health care worker totally enveloped in a protective suit--no matter how much help that worker might have to offer.

Freetown

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.07.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Freetown doesn't tell its story with the eloquence and understatement of Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu or the solid dramatic flourishes of Terry George's Hotel Rwanda. Still, the film depicts a part of African history that is worth knowing and sharing.

What I Learned From Surviving Two Crises In Liberia

James Collins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
James Collins

I've been the small boy feeling he must face the world on his own, and the teenager in a war-torn country fearing for his life and the lives of his family members. For as long as these situations persist in the world, I speak from experience and believe there will always be love and families that can help these children overcome trauma and reach their full potential.

A Grim Anniversary for Liberia

Jolene Mullins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Jolene Mullins

Anniversaries. We use them to commemorate the best of times and the worst of times. In Liberia, this is a grim anniversary -- one year of fighting Ebola. As I look back on my past year, I think of where we all were in the beginning of April, 2014, and I think of where we need go.

Climate Change This Week: Warming Accelerating, US Utilities Going Green, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 05.23.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. @@ Censoring South Florida Sea Level Rise - maybe state employees aren't allowed ...

First Patient Diagnosed With Ebola In Liberia After 2 Week Hiatus

AP | Posted 03.20.2015 | World

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A patient has tested positive for Ebola in Liberia's capital, officials said Friday, deflating hopes that the West African ...

Communities May Be Key to Stopping Rape in Liberia

Karin Landgren | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Karin Landgren

I strongly encourage Liberia to hold a nationwide discussion about the devastating effects of rape. Ultimately, the shocking rape numbers will not be reduced without major community mobilization across the country.