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Sierra Leone: Frontline Nurses In Aftermath of Ebola Outbreak Battle Depression, Stigma and Lack of Recognition

Fatou Wurie | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Fatou Wurie

Nurses like Magdalene are in the hundreds, these frontline soldiers are yet to be given proper acknowledgement for service to their country. And Magdalene's beckons us not to forget.

Life After Ebola in Sierra Leone

Michael Solis | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Michael Solis

After 17 months, Sierra Leone continues its fight against Ebola, with five new cases in September alone. The latest is a 16-year-old girl in Bombali district, an area that hasn't had an Ebola case in 169 days. The continued appearance of new cases raises many questions, including how Ebola is spreading and whether or not Ebola will remain endemic in Sierra Leone for the foreseeable future.

New Ebola Death Recorded In Sierra Leone, Officials Say

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.30.2015 | World

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Health officials in Sierra Leone on Sunday confirmed an Ebola death less than a week after the country's last kno...

Ebola Survivor Who Lost 21 Family Members Gives Birth To Baby Boy

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.28.2015 | World

KENEMA, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia's life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on thi...

'We Were Lucky This Time': How Experts are Battling the Next Ebola

Nisarg Patel | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Nisarg Patel

We're over 20 months into the Ebola epidemic, and while it has slowed over the last few months, new cases continue to emerge each week. Liberia, declared Ebola-free for over two months, suffered another death from the disease last month, spreading fears of a comeback in the country.

Sierra Leone Releases Its Last Known Ebola Patient

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living

MATENEH, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Health authorities in Sierra Leone released the country's last known Ebola patient from the hospital on Monday, a miles...

Teen Girl's Disturbing Murder Highlights Ebola Aftershocks In Sierra Leone

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.21.2015 | World

FREETOWN, Aug 21 (Reuters) -- Senior ministers and U.N. officials joined hundreds of women in a beachfront, candlelit protest in Sierra Leone's capit...

Determination in the Face of Crisis: Keeping Mothers and Babies Safe from Ebola

Bill Boyes | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Bill Boyes

Throughout July and August of 2014, Ebola tore through Lunsar. Within only a few weeks, eight members of the staff at Massebeneh died, including the hospital's chief surgeon, Dr. Manuel García Viejo. The hospital was closed on September 24. Margaret still grieves for those friends she lost, but she also speaks empathetically about the women in the community who had nowhere to go. With no medical intervention she knows hundreds must have died, not of Ebola, but of other complications common in rural village communities.

HuffPost What's Working Honor Roll: We May Finally Have An Ebola Vaccine That Works

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.03.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

The Power of the Purse: Investing in the Next Generation

To The Market | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Since its launch in 2013, Catrinka has provided over 55,000 days of education for girls in developing countries, giving them the knowledge and skills they need to have a better future.

It's Too Early to Declare Victory Over Ebola

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

The resurgence of Ebola in Liberia is a sharp reminder that all efforts to fight the epidemic must remain high and that the international community should continue to be mobilized.

Ebola Is Not Over and It's Proving Hard to Beat

Christos Stylianides | Posted 07.10.2015 | Politics
Christos Stylianides

Today in New York the world is coming together to pledge resources for the recovery of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. And this is support they need urgently. But it will also be an occasion to sound the alarm bell that the emergency response to the epidemic must not wane now.

Sierra Leone's On Track To Ban Female Genital Mutilation

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact

By Kieran Guilbert LONDON, July 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone's decision to back an international treaty on the rights...

Education in Emergencies: Why Now is the Time to Act

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

There is a HUGE piece missing in making it possible for these women and men to save as many lives and support the rebuilding of as many families and communities as possible. That missing piece is education.

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

The New Yellow in Sierra Leone: Getting Ebola to Zero

UN Women | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
UN Women

While celebrating as the World Health Organization declared Liberia Ebola-free on 9 May, neighboring Sierra Leoneans are still struggling to put an end to Ebola in their country. Seeing the crucial front-line roles women play as caregivers, UN Women partnered with UNMEER, to support the women of Sierra Leone.

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 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.

How Technology is Turning the Tide in Ebola

David Walton | Posted 06.06.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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 ...