West Africa

Ebola: The Best Way to Predict Ebola Outbreak's Future Is to Invent It

Unni Krishnan | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

The current Ebola outbreak, the most severe and complex in history, is now making its impact felt worldwide.The deadly disease has killed over 960 peo...

Ebola Victims Bodies Left To Rot In The Street As Outbreak Declared Worst Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK

Bodies of Ebola victims are being left in the street by terrified relatives who fear that keeping the bodies will mean they are contaminated, Liberia ...

The Not-So-Secret Antibody Treating Americans For 'Incurable' Ebola

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK

If there's no treatment or cure for Ebola, why have two American patients been treated with a not-so-secret antibody that seems, so far, to be aiding ...

Donald Trump *Really* Doesn't Want Ebola Coming To America

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK

Billionaire tyrant Donald Trump is chasing the anti-Ebola vote with his latest Twitter rampage, as America's best known business figure still apparent...

Ebola: With No Vaccine Only the Power of Information Can Defeat the Virus

Lewis G Brown | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Lewis G Brown

The international media is right to focus attention on this outbreak as it now may be developing an international dimension. Attempts to contain Ebola's spread are exacerbated by our interconnected world of porous borders and international air travel. In the face of this challenge, there are two factors that will help us defeat Ebola. The first is the virus's own unique characteristics; the second is the power of information.

Here's How The Ebola Virus Actually Spreads

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK

The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached 670 with governments around the world on alert anticipating its potential spread. ...

Jessica Elgot

We May Have Already Discovered The Cure For Ebola - So Why Are People Still Dying?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK

The cure for Ebola may have already have been developed by drugs companies, but ethical dilemmas and financial concerns are holding back hopes of a fa...

British Doctors On Look Out For Ebola Spread

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

British doctors have been warned to look out for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus, now sweeping through West Africa. British health officials hav...

Jessica Elgot

Africa Needs More Than A Witch Doctor To Stop 'Out Of Control' Ebola Outbreak

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK

When villagers in some of the most remote corners of West Africa began to show symptoms of a deadly, unknown virus, locals tried traditional cures, be...

Ebola Is Now Spreading 'Out Of Control' Across West Africa

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK

West Africa's Ebola epidemic is completely "out of control", with more than 60 outbreaks across three nations and doctors overwhelmed by the number of...

OSCE Report Links Human Trafficking and Torture

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

The shadowy world of human trafficking is one area where such outrages still occur, with victims raped, imprisoned, held against their will and abused in a number of ways such that we can compare it to, and even consider it to be, a form of torture.

Children With Disabilities Facing Widespread Abuse in West Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

It is imperative that post-Millennium Development Goals, currently being negotiated, do not overlook the plight of the disabled people and children. It is time for concrete action to ensure that particularly children with disabilities have access to education, protection from violence and abuse; and opportunity to have their voices heard. This is not just a development agenda it is also a human rights issue.

A Tale of Two Worlds - Why an Ancient Tribe's Quest to Save Its Forest and Identity Is Our Problem, Too

Jane Labous | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK
Jane Labous

The reality is that this self-sufficient tribe is ill-equipped for the modern world. Bakas know nothing of contemporary monetary or agricultural systems, and tribe members have few means to buy the food, clothes, healthcare and schooling that make a modern lifestyle functional.

Children and Youth in West Africa Mobilise Against Violence

Davinder Kumar | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

From the arid landscape of Mali to the tropical rainforests of Cameroon, they have travelled thousands of miles and traversed 13 countries in West and Central Africa between them to find out what governments and world institutions are doing to protect children and young people from violence....

Mali: The Vital Role of Local Civil Society

Tony Cunningham | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

Mali, along with several of its neighbouring countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, remains in a state of crisis. The rebel threat has not gone away, despite their withdrawal from strategic towns, and the recent fighting has increased tensions between different ethnic groups, some of whom have been associated with the rebels' cause.

Africa's Forgotten Mammal

Mark Jones | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Mark Jones

Which large, grey mammal is wholly aquatic, herbivorous, weighs close to half a tonne, has a big flat tail rather like a beaver but no back legs or eyelids, is related to elephants and lives along the coast and waterways of West Africa?

Could British Intervention In Mali Be A Bad Idea?

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Britain's announcement confirming the deployment of 330 military personnel to assist French military intervention in Mali has been met with a noticeab...

Felicity A Morse

Child Soldiers, Torture, A Humanitarian Crisis And An 'Invisible War'

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

As Britain prepares to send hundreds of troops to West Africa to support French forces fighting Islamists in Mali, charities and human rights groups h...

Hundreds Of British Troops Could Support France In Mali

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

Britain is sending up to 330 military personnel to help train a West African intervention force in Mali, Downing Street has said. The move was anno...

British Aircraft Grounded En-Route To Mali

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

A British military aircraft bound for Mali to support French efforts against insurgents allied to al-Qaeda has been grounded due to a technical fault....

Sierra Leone's Vote of Confidence

Charlie Habershon | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK
Charlie Habershon

When I looked around and observed peaceful processions, people quickly reminded me that one small spark could set everything off.

Party Politics: Election Fever Sweeps Sierra Leone and There Are Some Serious Matters to Debate

Charlie Habershon | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Charlie Habershon

Sierra Leone is at a critical point in its development. Despite some progress, Sierra Leone's recovery remains fragile and the country ranks 180 of 187 on the UNDP development index with 77% of Sierra Leone's living in poverty and 62.79% living on less than $1.25 a day.

No Child Left Behind: Reaching A Nation's Street Children

Thomas Dannatt | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Dannatt

No one knows how many street children there are in the world. Finding out is one of the first recommendations of the recent UN study on street children to all its member states.

Worried Nigeriens Ponder: What's Next?

Terry Ally | Posted 20.10.2012 | UK
Terry Ally

In the space of 10 months, Niger has been hit by a food crisis brought on by high market prices and poor harvests, a refugee crisis triggered by conflict in neighbouring Mali, followed by a cholera outbreak and now devastating floods. It has left many in this West African state wondering when the next disaster is and what could it possibly be?

As Two Senegalese Lifeguards Head to the UK, Why Learning to Swim is the Answer to Africa's 'Hidden Catastrophe'

Jane Labous | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK
Jane Labous

In the developing world, swimming lessons aren't free or widely available or part of a standard childhood routine. Here in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa, a capital city surrounded on three sides by the sea, the majority of children grow up without learning to swim.