Miracles Happen

Martin Zinggl | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Martin Zinggl

Besides all the drama currently taking place in West Africa, miracles sporadically happen right before our eyes. Just like this Ebola epidemic will write history, since last week our Ebola case management centre in Foya will probably also appear in history books. We are glad to announce that so far in Foya we discharged both the youngest, and the oldest recovered Ebola patient.

'Surviving Ebola'

Shaunagh Connaire | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Shaunagh Connaire

As I was leaving Sierra Leone, the president declared a public health emergency. He'd finally acknowledged that his country was in crisis. Now we're six months into the outbreak and the CDC are predicting as many as 500,000 Ebola cases by the end of January. What was very much an avoidable epidemic may now become endemic in a part of the world already crippled by poverty.

Another Day in Life

Martin Zinggl | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Martin Zinggl

06:13 am. The mobile phone alarm clock wakes me up rudely. It is pitch dark in the room. A musty smell reaches my nostrils. Everything seems blurry and hazy, especially my mind. What day is it today? What's the date? It must already be September, possibly Wednesday.

First Impressions of West Africa

Martin Zinggl | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK
Martin Zinggl

"Liberia?" The taxi driver asks disbelievingly. His reaction is similar to those of most people in the past few days. Open mouths, rolling eyes, horrified amazement, warping of the cheek muscles, accompanied by a hissing sound. "Why don't you just go on holidays somewhere? To the sea, and relax a bit?"

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

The spectacular GDP growth recorded by some West African countries in the past 5 years is all of a sudden undermined by the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic has put under the spotlight the poor conditions of health systems in the region, but also the fragility of economic models measured only by Gross Domestic Product.

It Takes More Than Words to Beat Ebola

Adrian Lovett | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK
Adrian Lovett

It is hard to imagine a crisis with the severity and reach of the Ebola epidemic currently sweeping West Africa. The outbreak of this deadly virus has presented the biggest global health emergency we've seen in years, perhaps even decades.

The Ebola Fight Has Now Come To This...

Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK

Striking pictures have captured deserted streets and markets as an entire nation was put under lockdown in an attempt to halt the march of the deadly ...

The African Connectivity: E-commerce Making Inroads Into Alleys of Africa

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

There was a time when Africa was all about Safaris, tribal communities and victory against apartheid mindsets. A good measure of poverty, hunger, high...

The UN Must Radically Alter Strategy in Fight Against Ebola

Sophia Salenius | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Sophia Salenius

The UN Security Council meets today in New York, where national governments hope to formulate a coordinated response to the unfolding crisis in West Africa. The United Nations will only be able to contain Ebola by adopting a hi-tech disease management system.

Ebola and HIV: Three Lessons Learned

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

As the worst ever Ebola outbreak spins out of control in West Africa with the UN estimating this week that $1 billion is needed to contain it, parallels are being drawn between the virus and HIV/AIDS...

Briton Volunteers To Test Ebola Vaccine - Via Chimpanzee Virus

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK

A healthy Briton is about to become the first person to receive a potential new vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus. The volunteer will be injected ...

Ebola Outranks Everything Else

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

Public health emergencies often occur in the place least likely to be able to manage them, and western Africa was poorly prepared for the latest outbreak of Ebola. However, as much as an overwhelmed world might fervently hope that it will remain an African problem, its impact will be felt far beyond the borders of Liberia and its neighbours. Ebola outranks everything else on a crowded global agenda today, and the quicker we acknowledge this, the more effectively it can be contained.

This Is The Face Of One Of The Luckiest Men Alive

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK

The first Briton known to have caught the deadly Ebola virus in the current outbreak in West Africa said today that he had been "very lucky" as he pre...

The British Ebola Patient Is Showing 'Good Signs'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK

The first Briton to catch the deadly Ebola virus seems to be "pretty well", his family have said. William Pooley's parents said he was showing "good s...

Britain Begins Ebola Vaccine Tests As West Africa Braces For Even More Deaths

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK

Britain's largest drug company is to begin trails of an experimental Ebola vaccine, as a top public health official warned the crisis in west Africa i...

What Kind Of Week Has It Been? 29 August 2014

Paddy Duffy | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

Up North the Scottish independence referendum is hitting the final straight, with postal voters already casting their decisions. What should in all likelihood have been a 16 percentage point win for the No side looks a lot less certain now.

British Ebola Patient Given Experimental Drug ZMapp

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

Britain's first confirmed Ebola patient has been treated with an experimental drug, it was revealed today. Doctors caring for William Pooley at the Ro...

British Man Infected With Ebola Wanted To 'Make A Difference' In Fighting Outbreak

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK

The British man diagnosed with Ebola said he wanted to "make a difference" by working with those infected with the potentially fatal disease and said ...

Acknowledging the Underlying Cause of Epidemics

Rebecca Rose | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
Rebecca Rose

While some attention has been given to the African practice of hunting and eating fruit bats, a likely animal reservoir of the Ebola virus, the link between eating meat and the plethora of infectious disease outbreaks is seldom articulated.

Britain's First Ebola Victim Is Flown Home In Hi-Tech Quarantine

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK

A volunteer nurse, thought to be a man in his 20s, working on the frontline on the fight against Ebola, has landed back in Britain for treatment in a ...

Briton Infected With Ebola Could Be Heading To The UK

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK

A British national who tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone could be flown back to the UK for treatment. It has been reported that a decision ...

British National Tests Positive For Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK

A British national living in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is currently being assessed by medical experts, the Department o...

Ebola Tests On Body Of Man Who Died Suddenly After Return From Africa

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK

Health chiefs are awaiting blood test results today on a suspected Ebola case in Ireland after a man who recently returned from Africa died suddenly. ...

Is Ebola Coming to the UK?

Dr Paul Zollinger-Read | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read

An outbreak like this is a tragic event, and naturally the stories and images we see and hear in the media are bound to heighten our concerns about what it means for us. I've spoken to a lot of people recently who are worried about it spreading to our UK shores.

World Humanitarian Day! Remembering the Brave

Unni Krishnan | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a world where close to a billion people go to hungry, is there a choice not to be humanitarian?