Tag: liberia

Strip mines, pollution, de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

Strip mines, pollution, de-foresting linked to Ebola’s deadly spread

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–Pits in the ground from mining, forests stripped of trees, and water poisoned by toxic materials are among the lesser known culprits in the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease. In less than a year’s time, the virus has migrated from its “reservoir” in fruit bats to humans who may have supplemented their diets […]

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U.S. millions committed for Ebola, but ‘paltry’ 25 beds yet to arrive

U.S. millions committed for Ebola, but ‘paltry’ 25 beds yet to arrive

| September 18, 2014

(GIN)–Between $100- and $180 million have been committed to the fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa–an amount considered way too little and reaching the needy way too slowly. A 25 bed unit pledged by the Pentagon for Liberia, noted the international president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), would treat only health care workers, not […]

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Liberia contends with Ebola as diasporans urge ‘regime change’

Liberia contends with Ebola as diasporans urge ‘regime change’

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Photos of Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf looking tired or grim suggest the toll the current Ebola epidemic has taken on the 75-year-old leader. The crisis, for which the region was ill-prepared, has taken more than a thousand lives–some 700 in Liberia—and many of the improvised control strategies appear to have backfired including the quarantining […]

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Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

Ebola could sink ‘Africa Rising’ dreams

| August 28, 2014

(GIN)–An airlift of emergency supplies needed for those treating Liberians with the virus Ebola was launched this past weekend by the U.N. children’s fund–known as Unicef. “The largest component of the supplies was chlorine,” for disinfection, said Unicef’s representative in Liberia, Sheldon Yetts. Other supplies in the airlift were oral rehydration salts and sodium lactate […]

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Liberians  rebel as government puts Ebola clinic in crowded slum

Liberians  rebel as government puts Ebola clinic in crowded slum

| August 20, 2014

(GIN)–An Ebola isolation center was overrun by Liberians in the capital city Monrovia over the weekend, as fear and confusion lead some to accuse western countries of inventing a killer disease and then placing a clinic for infected people in the midst of a slum. The holding facility in the densely-populated West Point slum was […]

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Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

| August 7, 2014

(GIN)–The Belgian researcher who first identified the Ebola virus is playing down fears of a global pandemic. “I would sit next to an infected person on the train,” said Professor Peter Piot, whose credentials include the title of former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, former head of UNAIDS, and now director of the London […]

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With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

| August 1, 2014

(GIN)—As an Ebola epidemic sweeps relentlessly across West African borders, with the death toll topping 600, some are now asking if the virus can be stopped. The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has been called the deadliest in recorded history, with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the […]

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Liberians really in response to Philly fire that took children’s lives

Liberians really in response to Philly fire that took children’s lives

| July 11, 2014

(GIN)—A Philadelphia church is calling the outpouring of support for the Liberian community “overwhelming” in light of the deaths of three four-year-olds and an infant during a fast-moving fire Saturday. The fatalities included twin sisters Maria and Marialla Bowah, and Patrick Sanyeah and Taj Jacque, who was not quite seven weeks old. Eight row houses […]

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‘Invest In Our Girls,’ says Liberia’s ‘Ma Ellen,” if Africa is to rise

‘Invest In Our Girls,’ says Liberia’s ‘Ma Ellen,” if Africa is to rise

| June 27, 2014

(GIN)—In an open letter dated June 16—the International Day of the African Child—Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf warned there would be no “Africa Rising” without a serious investment in  young girls. The key to addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges is a quality education for all children, especially girls, the former World Bank official known as […]

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Liberians successfully resist UK company’s ‘land grab’

Liberians successfully resist UK company’s ‘land grab’

(GIN)—After years of fruitless court battles by small farmers against major multinational corporations,  the Jogbahn Clan across 11 villages in Liberia is celebrating victory over a British company which tried to clear them off their lands. The celebration comes after months of advocacy by community members, the Sustainable Development Institute and Friends of the Earth […]

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