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Comprehending Chaos: Humanitarian Aid In Mali

Johan Eldebo | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Humanitarian aid is usually most needed in some of the most difficult places on the planet. These are places that lack what we take for granted such as water, food and safety but instead have plenty of conflict, food insecurity and disease. If you are a child in a place like that life is difficult, often far too short and full of terrible choices.

Girls Seek Refuge Amongst the Dead After Ebola

Chloe Brett | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK
Chloe Brett

It's 3pm in central Monrovia, Liberia. Crowds of noisy, staggering men congregate around the outside of a collapsing, rotten three story building in the drizzling rain.

Emerging Viruses: Preparing for the Unknown

Dr Edward Wright | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Edward Wright

It is worth noting that the impact of the outbreak was not just restricted to public health consequences. There are also social and economic issues, such as stigma associated with surviving infection and an estimated USD$2.2 billion lost in economic growth during 2015 across the three countries where the virus took hold.

Ebola's Legacy Is Still Deadly for Mums and Babies in West Africa

Jo Lehmann | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Jo Lehmann

Ebola no longer makes the headlines, driven out by news of Zika virus and the crisis in Syria. But the terrible legacy of Ebola persists in West Africa, for the survivors who suffer stigma and fear long-term complications, and for all of those who are vulnerable and in need of healthcare at a time when the health system has been brought to its knees.

Four Al-Qaeda Militants And 23 People Dead After Hotel Terrorist Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.01.2016 | UK

Four Al-Qaeda militants have been killed after Burkina Faso and French forces stormed a luxury hotel on Saturday, freeing more than 126 hostages. I...

Stigma Remains as Sierra Leone Begins Road To Recovery

Larissa Schneider | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK
Larissa Schneider

"Our challenge was really to educate the communities when it comes to hygiene practices, to help prevent further spread of Ebola", says Bob. "I think it was a real eye-opener for everybody involved.

All That Is Solid Melts in to Air: West African Cocoa in Crisis

Lucy James | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Lucy James

2015 has not been a good year for Africa's cocoa belt. Dry weather and a lack of pesticides in Ghana, and wet weather and a hike in export taxes for grinders in Ivory Coast are likely to result in a huge shortfall of beans and grindings available from the world's top cocoa producers.

My Visit to Sierra Leone on the Eve of Ebola

Angela Rippon | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK
Angela Rippon

In November, Sierra Leone was reporting 550 new cases of ebola every week. Today the number has slowed to seven new cases a week. Just a few weeks ago, the schools reopened. But there is still a long road ahead for Sierra Leone, and the brave women of West Africa who have already endured so much. I hope that next spring these tragic times will all be in the past, and Sierra Leone's future will once again look bright.

Ebola Outbreak: Next Time, Make It a Different Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 29.05.2015 | 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 28.04.2015 | 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 01.04.2015 | 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...