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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.

Schools In Sierra Leone Finally Reopen

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2015 | World

By Umaru Fofana FREETOWN (Reuters) - Schools in Sierra Leone reopened on Tuesday after closing for nine months due to an Ebola epidemic that killed...


Dwight Brown | Posted 04.07.2015 | 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.

How Technology is Turning the Tide in Ebola

David Walton | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
David Walton

Technology has a critical role to play in both acute epidemics like the Ebola outbreak as well as the more chronic inequities in health outcomes that preferentially affect the poor.

Sierra Leone Barred 'Visibly Pregnant' Girls From Graduating

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.08.2015 | World

Activists in Sierra Leone are raising alarm after the country's minister of education publicly said visibly pregnant students in primary and secondary...

Clothing Labels List Sweatshop Atrocities So Buyers Will Shop More Consciously

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact

The writing on clothing labels is generally kept pretty pithy, because unless customers are shopping in Milan, they’re likely not all that intereste...

Sierra Leone Under 3-Day Lockdown Amid New Ebola Cases

AP | Posted 03.27.2015 | World

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday ...

Man Gives 2 Strangers $100, Money Helps Village Halfway Around The World

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.17.2015 | Good News

Despite living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that is slowing down his body, Chris Rosati remains tireless in his efforts to make...

At Least 10 Americans Being Flown To U.S. After Possible Ebola Exposure

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

(Adds CDC comments, paragraphs 9-13) March 14 (Reuters) - At least 10 Americans possibly exposed to the deadly Ebola virus were being ...

Hope in the Fight to End Ebola

Wendy Diamond | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Wendy Diamond

It's our global responsibility towards humanity to encourage compassion for those suffering, and support efforts to completely eliminate the Ebola virus by the end of 2015. Together we can make this happen!

Ebola Ground Zero: Some Lessons to Learn (and Why We Need to Provide More Orphanages)

Rev. Dr. Themistocles Adamopoulos | Posted 05.10.2015 | World
Rev. Dr. Themistocles Adamopoulos

At the height of the outbreak from October to December (2014) the epidemic was out of control. The situation for several reasons was starting to look hopeless. A nightmare was unfolding before our very eyes! Those of us who were living through this terror at Ebola ground zero were bracing ourselves for the worst.

Ebola: We Take Care to Keep You Safe

Lucy Carrigan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Lucy Carrigan

If you were to ask me what my lasting impression was of the people I met in Sierra Leone and Liberia, who have been leading the fight to combat the spread of Ebola it would be this: Courage. Incredibly tenacious, indefatigable, compassionate courage.

The Ebola Plague: African Heroes and Martyrs

Kwei Quartey | Posted 03.04.2015 | World
Kwei Quartey

During the height of the Ebola panic, nurse Kacie Hickox, who cared for Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, was forcibly quarantined in New Jersey on her return to the United States. Said a friend and former classmate, "She's really concerned about her colleagues coming back to the U.S. after her."

Sierra Leone's Vice President In Quarantine For Ebola

AP | Associated Press | Posted 03.02.2015 | World

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's vice president has put himself in quarantine following the death from Ebola of one of his security guar...

Radio Stations Broadcast Lessons To Sierra Leone Kids Still Out Of School Due To Ebola

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact

Classrooms are empty in Sierra Leone, but education hasn't ground to a halt. School has yet to resume after last year's summer break in the West Af...

Health Cooperation Among Faiths

Aamir Hussain | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

Whether we acknowledge it or not, our health is a part of who we are. Being healthy is not limited to our physical body, but also our emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being.

Ebola Epidemic Takes a Toll on Sierra Leone's Surgeons

Seema Yasmin | Posted 04.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Seema Yasmin

Even as health officials cautiously declare a decline in the rate of Ebola infections, the epidemic has exacted a new assault against health care workers in the region.

How Sierra Leone Is Winning The Battle Against Ebola

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2015 | World

By Emma Farge and Umaru Fofana FREETOWN, Jan 21 (Reuters) - A military-style operation to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone has helpe...

Don't Just Respond, Rebuild

Kadi Jumu | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Kadi Jumu

What's most heart breaking is that this type of disaster was completely preventable. We've been campaigning for years to get governments to invest more in strengthening the health system to prevent this type of disaster.

Electricity: The Stuff of Dreams

Robert A. Freling | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Robert A. Freling

Several promising vaccines for Ebola could become available in the coming months. But how will these vaccines be stored at their required temperatures in parts of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone where electricity supply is limited or non-existent?

1st Ebola Clinic For Pregnant Women Opens In Sierra Leone

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact

A new clinic is giving some of the most vulnerable Ebola patients a better chance at surviving the virus. The facility -- located in a former boys'...

Ebola: How Quickly We Forget

Kwei Quartey | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Kwei Quartey

As we begin a new year, we often discard the less important memories of the preceding year, but some events should never be forgotten. Remember Ebola?

Why Mobilizing Communities Is Crucial in the Fight Against Ebola

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Progress in the fight against Ebola has been made. Cases seem to be falling in Liberia, and -- critically -- more medical staff and treatment beds are in place across all three affected countries. But some of the main reasons why Ebola continues to spread have yet to change.

Prayers For Our Children For The New Year

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In a world rife with war, religious, racial, gender, sectarian, and political strife, when so many children lack safety, enough food, shelter, health care, and education and suffer unthinkable losses of parents to disease, violence, and war, I hope this New Year will bring adults closer to our common sense and moral responsibility for children's well being.

Number Of Reported Ebola Deaths In West Africa Rises To 7,905

AP | Posted 01.01.2015 | Healthy Living

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says the number of reported Ebola deaths in West Africa has risen to 7,905. The WHO says altogether s...