Sierra Leone

Ebola - Not Coming Soon to a Town Near You

Saleh Saeed | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

Following my visit, I found that the amazing resilience of the local communities, working alongside truly heroic overseas medical staff and aid workers, had left an overwhelming impression on me. It is thanks to each one of them that Ebola has not reached our shores this time around. But, if the immense poverty in countries like Sierra Leone persists then there is no saying when the next outbreak of Ebola - or something equally horrific - will occur.

Ebola: Let's Remember the People at the Heart of the Outbreak

Dr Gina Radford | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Dr Gina Radford

When I receive a call that someone has had a terminal diagnosis, or the organist has flu, or what am I going to do about dog fouling in the churchyard - I am, again, reminded that life is not just about facts and figures - it's about experiences, hopes, and concerns.

Three Realities of Ebola

Mark Goldring | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Mark Goldring

It's clear that when the outbreak is finally beaten, major challenges remain for people like Stephen and Mohamed, Edwin and Finda. The three West African countries hit by the crisis will still be desperately poor, with weak health and education services and limited opportunities.

Values in Action: Kate's Legacy and Our Role in the Ebola Crisis

Nick Thompson | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK
Nick Thompson

Kate Gross, my friend and our founding CEO in AGI, died on Christmas day after a two year battle with cancer. Our last conversation was some weeks before, sitting in the November sun in Cambridge. She knew the chemo was coming to an end and we both knew what came next. But that wasn't what we talked about.

The Human Cost of Ebola

Justin Forsyth | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

There is a big debate raging in all three countries on the lessons of what went wrong and what worked. We need to make a commitment to help these countries build a better future. This will take international support and solidarity.

Time to Look Ahead on Ebola

Barbara Frost | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

As the Ebola crisis in West Africa begins to ease, there is equal cause for hope and fear. The news that infections have slowed to fewer than 100 new cases per week is cause for optimism. But as the fight against Ebola moves into this next stage, there is still so much work to be done.

Women Are Being Failed in the Global Fight Against Ebola

Gavin Shuker | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Sadly, this is a cultural issue, not a medical one. Women's inferior status is brutally manifested in visibly higher infection rates, and analysts warn the knock-on effects of this deadly virus will also hit female family members hardest.

An Innovative Delevopment For Education in Sierra Leone

Becky Hopper | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

I for one, am particularly proud of what my friend has achieved and very excited about what it will mean for the children of Sierra Leone. Sam's work is a vital addition to all of the hard work already going on within the country to provide the next generation with the education they have a right to.

Unsung Heroes on the Ebola Frontline

Dr Catherine McGowan | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Dr Catherine McGowan

For every one doctor and three nurses working at an Ebola treatment unit there are approximately 26 water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) staff... The next time you read an interview with an international doctor or nurse newly returned from their deployment and recounting desperately sad, and now too familiar, stories about the struggle and the suffering please give some thought to the many WASH staff who remain.

Ebola Case Confirmed In Glasgow

PA | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK

A female healthcare worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola after returning from Sierra Leone is in a stable condition in hospital in Glasgow. The pa...

When Ebola Hits Home

Adama Juldeh Munu | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
Adama Juldeh Munu

I came across the story of a Sierra Leonean 8 year old boy whose father had died, most likely from Ebola, who called the national hotline in early November, and presumably is now the head of the household, overseeing five younger siblings.

Why We Share the Queen's Concerns About Malaria

James Whiting | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
James Whiting

As African leaders and our own Head of State rightly warn, we should not distract our attention and efforts from also fighting the one disease that has killed more children than any other in history (and a child every minute), malaria.

The Hidden Impacts of Ebola

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

It is vitally important that Ebola in West Africa and its hidden impacts receive the attention they need.

Ebola: What Can I Do to Help?

Nick Brewer | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Nick Brewer

I can't bring about a cure to Ebola. I don't have much to offer. I'm not a doctor. I'm not a millionaire. But I don't have to just stand by and watch. I could give from what I have. I'd encourage you to think, what do you have to give?

Why Raising Money for Ebola Is an Issue We Must Address Now

One Young World | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
One Young World

I am personally asking OYW delegates, Counsellors, community members, and the public to spread the word and support charities such as International Medical Corps and others fighting the deadly Ebola virus. Please share your support for the two causes I am driving...

Sierra Leone Student Refused Accommodation In UK Over Ebola Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone who moved to the UK to study was refused accommodation over fears he might be carrying the deadly disease. ...

British Man Who Died In Macedonia Did Not Have Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK

Macedonian health authorities say test results show a British man who died in the country with symptoms similar to Ebola was not infected by the virus...

Jessica Elgot

9 Ebola Myths That Could Dramatically Affect How We Can Stop It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Ebola is a highly-infectious, extremely painful disease with a high death rate. But you probably won't get it. If you look at the man or woman sat nex...

Ebola Symptoms Are Pretty Hard To Miss...

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK

Do I have Ebola? The likely answer is NO. Ebola's brutal symptoms mean the disease, which is killing hundreds of people in west Africa in its worst ev...

Britain Dismisses Call For Screening As Ebola Pressure Mounts

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Ebola Symptoms: Why No One In Britain Clearly Has The Disease Yet Pressure is mounting on the government to enact tough screening measures at UK ai...

Minister Calls For Ebola Airport Screening As NHS Put On Alert

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Ebola Symptoms: Why No One In Britain Clearly Has The Disease Yet Senior Home Office politicians have called for a crackdown at British airports to...

First Person In Europe Tests Positive For Ebola

AP/Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Ebola Symptoms: Why No One In Britain Clearly Has The Disease Yet In the first known transmission of the current outbreak of Ebola outside West Afr...

Scientists Have Given A Terrifying Warning About Ebola Reaching UK

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Ebola Symptoms: Why No One In Britain Clearly Has The Disease Yet Ebola has a 50% chance of reaching the UK within three weeks, new research has su...

Tackling the 'Pandemic' of Sexual Harassment in Sierra Leone's Universities

Julie Tomlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Julie Tomlin

"It's now time for there to be an official place to say if you have this problem, you can come here," says Thorpe. "We will be able to challenge the powers that be, no matter who you are, be you a lecturer, be you a president, we'll be able to take you to task. Once we begin to name and shame people, that would be an achievement."

Ebola Has Exposed Pre-Existing Fault Lines in the Health System, Economy and Governance of Sierra Leone

Herbert M’cleod | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Herbert M’cleod

Pledges made in London this Thursday should therefore allow for innovative approaches to address these market failures even though they are largely private sector issues. They must address both the immediate Ebola containment problems and the accompanying economic consequences.