West Africa

Ebola Outbreak: Next Time, Make It a Different Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Speed is an important factor for any successful emergency response: Next time, to outsmart the virus, we need to act fast through quick deployment of equipment, specialists and field hospitals. Speed will play a critical role in writing a different story for the first hundred days - in Africa or elsewhere.

Why Changing the Negative Image of Africa is an Absurd Concept

Bukky Olaleye | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK
Bukky Olaleye

The idea that Africa has been alienated from telling its own stories by the west remains prevalent in the minds of many, yet we often derail ourselves when we control the narrative.

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.

Ebola Outbreak Points to Tragic Flaws in World's Disease Resilience

Sophia Salenius | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Ebola poses a genuine threat to all of us - and it is about time we realised this.

Trainee Student Nurse Saved Three Family Members From Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A trainee student nurse who saved three of her family members from Ebola using just bin bags as protection has won a place to finish her studies in Am...

Building Resilient Health Systems Begins at Home

Kara Hanson | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Kara Hanson

The Ebola crisis in West Africa has shown what happens when local health systems lack the resilience to respond to shocks. Acute shortages of health workers, poor infrastructure, and lack of trust in health systems have allowed the epidemic to spread rapidly and cost many lives.

Why We Need to Change How We Aid Africa

Adam Hamdy | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Adam Hamdy

It's not just the way we engage with Africa that needs to change. Charity has become big business, but charities are not held to account by shareholders...

Jessica Elgot

'I Used To Shake Everyone's Hand, Now I Wait To See If They Are Afraid'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK

She is a nurse with a deep and abiding Christian faith which drove her to spend almost a year in the midst of the Ebola epidemic, surviving both malar...

Why the New Band Aid Single Makes Me Feel Uneasy Too

Frances Black | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

Anything that raises money for charity is great, and I am fully behind sending relief money to help the Ebola crisis that is happening in West Africa. Nevertheless, like many others, aspects of the new Band Aid 30 single make me feel uncomfortable with regards to its portrayal of West Africa and West Africans.

Band Aid 30: Lost Cause?!

Edward Adoo | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

Okay so I am fully aware Sir Bob Geldof is doing a good cause helping to raise funds for Ebola with Band Aid 30 - 'Do They Know It's Christmas'. He has roped in some of the biggest names in pop music.

Focusing on Water - The World's Most Valuable Resource

Barbara Frost | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Barbara Frost

The world is facing a water and sanitation crisis, with 2.5 billion people on our planet lacking access to a basic toilet. The global health and economic costs are huge. However, the crisis can be addressed, and there is an important and growing role for private enterprise.

Ebola Is Not the 1984 Ethiopian Famine All Over Again

Kevin Noone | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK
Kevin Noone

As media crews begin to arrive in West Africa, we are urging for there to be no repeat of the Michael Burke film. It was vital and needed at its time, but today, 30 years later, a very different part of the continent may need our help, but the bravery of its first responders also deserves our respect.

Jessica Elgot

'If Ebola Was Happening In The West, The Cure Would Have Been Found'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK

All Africans are being unfairly stigmatised because of Ebola, with the Western world feeling more entitled to high standards on care than victims on t...

Ebola Outbreak: Focus on Response, Don't Forget Long-term Recovery and Learn Lessons For the Future

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

Ebola presents an unprecedented threat to Sierra Leone and other countries in West Africa, not just in terms of public health but also because of the outbreak's long-term social and economic impacts. The UK has taken the global lead in supporting the response and has committed significant resources. This recognises Britain's long standing links with Sierra Leone and ActionAid welcomes and fully supports this.

Ebola: When Panic Outstrips Pestilence

Cal Cleary | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Cal Cleary

Aside from the clear humanitarian responsibilities of providing aid and support, a lack of a functioning health system in impoverished regions such as West Africa, will one day allow a more transmissible pathogen to run rampant, which would eventually see us having to step over corpses on our doorsteps. But for now, rest assured, we are not all careering towards a bloody, excrement covered date with our maker.

Hope in the Time of Ebola?

Unni Krishnan | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

Only one-quarter of the $1 billion that U.N. agencies have appealed for to tackle Ebola has been funded. In the context of this fast moving crisis, this exposes the lack of genuine commitment to deal with the situation in West Africa that is threatening to become a global crisis.

Ebola Has Infected More Than 10,000 People

The Huffington Post UK/PA/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK

The Ebola epidemic has infected 10,000 people, according to figures from the World Health Organisation, and the outbreak is showing no signs of stoppi...

A Humanitarian Disaster: A Stronger Response Is Urgently Needed to Tackle Ebola in West Africa

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK
Bella Mosselmans

The US and UK have recently made the largest efforts in terms of military deployments and money but many other states are still neglecting their responsibilities. Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, and David Cameron have noted that EU members such as Italy and Spain need to step forward with resources and act now.

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. ...

Video Captures Terrifying Moment Ebola Team Removes Passengers From US Plane

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

Panic-stricken passengers have recorded the moment emergency workers in protective suits removed five people on board a flights from Dubai who were fe...

Ebola: Difficult Questions for Development

Ian Scoones | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK
Ian Scoones

Ideological positions and poor understandings have created a set of assumptions about development that are fundamentally challenged by the Ebola experience. Can this terrible crisis provide a moment for reframing development? Surely now is the time for a fundamental rethink of development approaches.

Airport Screenings Won't Stop Ebola Reaching UK

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK

Enhanced screening for Ebola will begin at Britain's biggest airport today after the Health Secretary revealed the deadly virus is expected to reach t...

Uni Cleaners Warned To Look Out For Blood And Vomit In Students' Bedrooms As Ebola Fears Increase

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

University cleaners have been warned to watch out for blood or vomit in students' bedrooms as fears over Ebola spreading to the UK increase. Around...

Operation Stop Ebola As Hundreds Take Part In Simulated Attack On UK

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK

A full-scale, eight-hour drill to prepare emergency services, medics and law enforcement in the event of a mass Ebola outbreak in the UK will take pla...

Ebola Airport Checks Will Happen After Government's Massive U-Turn

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Travellers entering the UK will be screened for Ebola, Downing Street has said, despite it previously claiming that testing would be ineffective and a...