Tag: ebola

Jubilation in Freetown as Sierra Leone declared Ebola-free

Jubilation in Freetown as Sierra Leone declared Ebola-free

| November 10, 2015

(GIN) —It came in with a bat, wreaked havoc throughout the West African nation of Sierra Leone, but finally, two years since the outbreak, Ebola is on its way to becoming a distant memory. At a public event this past weekend, Anders Nordstrom, country director of the World Health Organization, confirmed that 42 days had […]

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Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Sierra Leoneans filled the beaches, nightclubs and restaurants of Freetown and beyond, celebrating their freedom from the yoke of Ebola by a presidential order. President Ernest Bai Koroma lifted the ban on Friday, giving the green light to a wide range of activities including sporting events, nightclubs, eating at restaurants after 9 p.m., football/soccer and […]

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A nightmare comes to close in Liberia as MDs declared ‘Ebola-free’

A nightmare comes to close in Liberia as MDs declared ‘Ebola-free’

(GIN)–With no new infections in 42 days, Liberia has been declared free and clear of Ebola by the World Health Organization. The announcement was made in the emergency command center in Monrovia, a room packed with reporters, aid agencies and dignitaries, including the U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah R. Malac. Responses ranged from applause to […]

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Desolate Sierra Leonean living rough in UK spurs fund drive

Desolate Sierra Leonean living rough in UK spurs fund drive

| March 10, 2015

(GIN)–The somber face of a young man from Sierra Leone has become the emblem of Ebola’s living survivors, suffering in silence without families, papers, or homes. A photo of Jimmy Thoronka appeared this week in local British papers. An undeclared refugee he went missing after competing in last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The 20 […]

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Sierra Leone promises probe into missing Ebola funds

Sierra Leone promises probe into missing Ebola funds

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)—A full investigation will be conducted into multiple failures of accountability regarding the use of $5 million in funds sent for the fight against Ebola, the government of Sierra Leone has pledged. An internal audit found that nearly one-third of the money received to fight Ebola was spent without providing receipts and invoices to justify […]

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As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

As Ebola outbreak slows, world health body shifts focus

| February 9, 2015

(GIN)—For the first time since the end of June 2014, there have been fewer than 100 new cases of Ebola reported in a week in the three most affected countries. That was the positive news from the World Health Organization in a new report which cited 99 confirmed cases in the week ending Jan. 25, […]

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U.N. body demands debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries

U.N. body demands debt cancellation for Ebola-impacted countries

| February 5, 2015

(GIN)–The U.N. Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) is calling on multilateral institutions and governments to cancel the debts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, giving them “breathing space” to address the region’s economic challenges. All three countries are ranked in the bottom 15 in the U.N.’s Human Development Index. “West Africa needs debt relief,” said […]

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Study: Cuts pushed by funder spurred West Africa Ebola crisis

Study: Cuts pushed by funder spurred West Africa Ebola crisis

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Spending cuts, pushed by an international lender, “weakened health care systems in the West African region,” leaving the countries “under-funded, insufficiently staffed and poorly prepared.” In a report published this month in the journal Lancet Global Health, UK-based researchers blamed policies of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund that hobbled the development of an effective healthcare […]

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UK dysfunction slows Ebola cleanup, Sierra Leoneans say

UK dysfunction slows Ebola cleanup, Sierra Leoneans say

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–An investigative news report has confirmed suspicions among some Sierra Leoneans that the UK is failing to get a handle on an effective response to Ebola while new infections are rising at the rate of almost 100 new cases a day. “Why are the British here?” fumed one newspaper in a headline. “To end Ebola, […]

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U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

| November 26, 2014

GIN)–Aid agencies that use the iconic “moon suits”—the odd-looking full-body outfits used in battling Ebola—are running dangerously low as the protective garb is being snapped up by institutions in the U.S. World Vision, a Christian charity, was reportedly looking to send the hazmat suits to Sierra Leone when they found the items were out of […]

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