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Sierra Leone

Stop Ebola With Deep Dialogue, Not Bullhorns

Tiffany Persons | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Tiffany Persons

Strangers are driving through rural regions of Sierra Leone with bullhorns, shouting instructions about how to stay safe from the Ebola virus. Their intentions may be admirable, but their tactics are probably ineffective. Loud voices do not always get heard.

Health Workers Strike At Southern Sierra Leone's Only Ebola Clinic

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

FREETOWN, Nov 12 (Reuters) - More than 400 health workers at the only Ebola treatment center in southern Sierra Leone went on strike on Wednesday ov...

Some People Talk About Change, Lisa Schultz of The Peace Project Makes It

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Lisa Shultz of The Peace Project and The Whole 9 Gallery is one of those people, someone who's not only out to make a tangible difference in the lives of real people around the world, but an innovator who's putting her time, effort, money and incredible drive right where her mouth -- and her mission -- is.

Ebola, the News Cycle, and the Affliction of Short Attention Spans

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Real problems, in the real world, are rarely solved by either the excessively afflicted or the unduly comfortable. Real problems, like Ebola, tend to populate the space between cause for panic and allowance for apathy. Real solutions, whatever the headlines, tend to reside there as well.

Ebola Crisis: What About China's Role?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

At long last, China is stepping up to the plate and contributing to the fight against Ebola, though some may wonder whether it is too little, too late. For years, China has sought to extract Africa's raw resources at the expense of human rights and the environment.

Helping Home: Social Capital in Sierra Leone's Fight Against Ebola

Kanja Ibrahim Sesay | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Kanja Ibrahim Sesay

A few weeks ago, my family came to visit me in New York. Whilst here, they told their stories of coping with Ebola at home, in Sierra Leone.

UN: Ebola Surging In Sierra Leone Amid Lack Of Treatment Centers

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2015 | World

DAKAR, Nov 6 (Reuters) - The number of Ebola cases is surging in Sierra Leone as the country suffers from a lack of treatment centers, while lack of...

Working For Humanity

Kieran McConville | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Kieran McConville

For those on the front line it's a difficult, and potentially deadly, task. The body of an Ebola victim can be highly contagious in the hours after death.

What You Are Not Hearing About Ebola

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

At least 30 experts were unable to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in New Orleans these past few days, as the ...

Living with Ebola in Freetown: 'It Feels Like the Whole Country Is in Quarantine'

Solomon Sogbandi | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Solomon Sogbandi

Survival is becoming a real challenge even for those not carrying the disease. Even buying food is hard. Many shops are closed and prices have rocketed. We are barely managing. Food is not coming from abroad and many airlines have cancelled flights to the country.

Ebola: Reflections of a Black Parent

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 01.04.2015 | Black Voices
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

Although the prospects of our son contracting Ebola are remote, his mother and I still worry about his health and safety. Yet we respect his desire to make the world a better place even if it means putting himself in harm's way. As a parent and lifelong educator, I must admit it gives me a sense of pride.

Can the Helpless Bet on Journalists?

Ali Hashem | Posted 01.04.2015 | Media
Ali Hashem

A decade and few years working as a journalist taught me few good things. Few but enough to help me pave my way to the truth whenever it's a bit clear for someone like me to see.

Nuns in Sierra Leone Work on a Shoestring to Deliver Quality Healthcare and Education to the Poor

Jacqueline de Chollet | Posted 01.03.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline de Chollet

I believe that the west is looking at the Ebola epidemic in West Africa through the wrong end of the telescope.

The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

For a clear snapshot of a country's economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of th...

It's Young Girls and Women on the Front Lines of the Ebola Crisis

Chernor Bah | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Chernor Bah

Despite being primary care givers, girls typically have less education and even lesser access to scientifically based information.

Healthcare workers treating Ebola patients should be commended--not treated as untouchables

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

As American leaders, we are called to follow our greater angels, not play into fear, and support nurses like Kaci Hickox and provide assistance and encouragement to our brave health care personnel who are doing the Lord's work in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

Global Epidemics Need Global Leadership

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

It can only be hoped that as we work to contain the Ebola epidemic at its source in West Africa -- which is the only way it will be contained -- the world will learn that we must spend the political and financial capital needed to prepare for future epidemics that will surely come.

Students and Ebola: Fear, Hope and Helping

Scott Goodson | Posted 12.27.2014 | New York
Scott Goodson

Today we joined Danielle Butin and her family as well as many volunteers to sort through and categorize boxes of donated critical care medical supplies headed for Sierra Leone to fight the Ebola epidemic.

U.S. Ambassador To UN Travels To Ebola-Stricken West Africa

Reuters | Michelle Nichols | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

By Michelle Nichols WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, is traveling to Guinea on Sunday and ...

Ebola Cases Top 10,000

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay | Posted 10.25.2014 | World

* Bulk of cases in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone * Total includes new cases in Mali, U.S. * WHO warns that Ebola coming closer to Ivory Coast ...

Ebola and Animals -- at Home and West Africa

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.23.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

As the public health community seeks to halt Ebola's spread, we are continuing to look for ways to support the work of animal protection in the affected areas.

Why We Must Raise Money for Ebola Now

Jennifer Kamara | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Kamara

For me, what is so ruthless about Ebola in particular, is the way it forces victims to anticipate death, be ostracized and feared and remain void of human touch and personal connection. My test results came back negative for Ebola. I had never been happier to have Malaria.

Ban The (Imaginary) Flights

Daniel Rosenberg | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
Daniel Rosenberg

I've been to West Africa, working as a music journalist, and to get there from the United States is not easy. I was based in Ann Arbor at the time, and had to take four flights to get to Mali, connecting in places like Amsterdam and Zurich along the way.

Lack of Courage and Common Sense are Ebola's Greatest Ally

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Seriously -- after all the time that has passed since the outbreak of the virus in West Africa earlier this year, why are guidelines for health care workers only being developed and distributed now?

A Grandmother on Curbing the Chicken Little Virus

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Politicians with their heads fixated on their reelection polling numbers and their commentator supporters running in circles and, like Chicken Little, crying "The sky is falling" are hazardous.