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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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In early reports, ‘tsunami’ for opposition, defeat for ‘Ma Ellen’

In early reports, ‘tsunami’ for opposition, defeat for ‘Ma Ellen’

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—Despite a low turnout in Liberia’s senate election, poll watchers are already predicting the winners and losers and President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson appears to be among the losers. Provisional results from the 2014 Special Senatorial Election were released via radio broadcast late Saturday, immediately following the closing of the polls nationwide. They show a trend of […]

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Liberian women say ‘no’ to Ebola madness with Twitter videos

Liberian women say ‘no’ to Ebola madness with Twitter videos

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)—“I am a Liberian, not a virus.” That’s the loud and clear message of a campaign launched online by a group of Liberian women who refuse to be shamed by thoughtless outbreaks of rejection and cruelty that link African people with the epidemic that has taken thousands of lives. “If I am Liberian, that doesn’t […]

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Ebola:  Long, ugly tradition of treating Africans as savages

Ebola:  Long, ugly tradition of treating Africans as savages

| November 3, 2014

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Of the nearly 10,000 people who have been infected by the Ebola virus, fewer than 20 have been outside of the African continent. But, you wouldn’t know it from much of the alarm that’s being raised in some European news outlets and by the outrage of some American politicians who […]

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Concern grows as Ebola spreads

Concern grows as Ebola spreads

| October 31, 2014

By Brian E. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call (FinalCall.com)—The Ebola virus—that some maintain is a man-made product established in biological warfare research—is still overwhelming Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and now has spread to Europe and America. Experts are calling Ebola the worst outbreak of disease in recent times. At Final Call press […]

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Ebola drug safety tests raise ethical issues as NY Times commends Cuba

Ebola drug safety tests raise ethical issues as NY Times commends Cuba

| October 21, 2014

(GIN)–Can you test a promising new Ebola drug by giving it to one sample infected group and giving a deactivated placebo to another? That’s the issue dividing medical experts at a World Health Organization meeting this week in Geneva. “Is that even ethical? Will workers amid an epidemic be willing to consider getting a placebo? Which […]

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Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering

Ebola’s other consequence: Conservative fear-mongering

| October 19, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist The world is rightly on edge over the latest appearance of the lethal Ebola virus. President Obama has committed American troops and millions of American dollars to help those countries in West Africa where it threatens to reach epidemic levels. The diagnosis two weeks ago that Thomas Duncan, a […]

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If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

| October 1, 2014

(GIN)–An observer to a recent U.N. emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak counted the seemingly sincere promises of help by government after government yet a pledge to airlift stricken African doctors and health workers to restorative health facilities was nowhere in the discussion. “Despite all of the rhetoric seemingly laced with care and concern for […]

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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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