West Africa

Why We Need to Change How We Aid Africa

Adam Hamdy | Posted 25.11.2014 | 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 21.11.2014 | 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 18.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 28.10.2014 | 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 27.10.2014 | 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 26.10.2014 | 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 22.10.2014 | 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 14.10.2014 | 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...

By the Way, That African Guy Next to You Probably Doesn't Have Ebola!

Wycliffe Sande | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
Wycliffe Sande

Ebola is not just an African problem. Please, let's all stand up and join the fight against Ebola, and say no to the demonising of those people who just happen to come from the countries in which the Ebola outbreak is still raging.

The Islamic State, Ebola, and the Appeal of Conspiracy

James Snell | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

Finding them isn't hard. Reading their litanies of untruth, so concocted as to spread the maximum terror and mistrust and discontent, is not an arduous undertaking.  I would advise against it.

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 03.10.2014 | 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."

Louise Ridley

What It's Like Living In The Country Worst-Hit By Ebola

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK

Ebola Symptoms: Why No One In Britain Clearly Has The Disease Yet The deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa isn’t only claiming thousands of...

Is GDP Cheating West Africa?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 22.11.2014 | 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.