This is the second outbreak in under a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
This year, Sunday 1 October marked both the UN International Day of Older Persons and Grandparents' Day in the UK. Grandparents
Sierra Leone stumbles and falls from one extreme horror to another - war, disease, and natural disaster. We are one of the poorest countries in the world, with the world's worst mother and child mortality rate. Our people are intimately aware of the daily cruelty of terrible poverty. But if those who experience the worst of all this are yet to lose their humanity, I have no right to either.
I spent a week in Kenema government hospital and witnessed five births in total. None of the babies survived. My heart ached with pain for the mum's and midwives who had to endure this suffering. But this was and is the daily reality of life in Kenema government hospital, and it's a story repeated across Sierra Leone. You only have to travel to a cemetery to see the rows and rows of tiny graves which fill the graveyard.
The stakes are high. As we saw with Ebola, public health authorities have been caught off guard by outbreaks around the world. The wide use of digital information tools in medicine opens up the possibility for biosurveillance to help us detect outbreaks earlier. By doing so, public health authorities would be better able to halt such outbreaks, preventing new infections and their complications, and even saving lives.
Ebola Isn't Over Yet: How Pauline Cafferkey's Return To The Country Reminds Us That The Virus Still Haunts Sierra Leone
For many thousands of people, Ebola isn't over. It was a trigger that has sparked so many other issues - homelessness, unemployment, poverty - that will be felt in Sierra Leone for years to come unless its people receive ongoing support to get back on their feet. Without help to rebuild their businesses and get their children back into schools, many more people to come will fall victim to the Ebola crisis.
Lab tests have confirmed the case.
An Ebola epidemic has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo with three people confirmed dead, the World Health
Health authorities believe it to be an accidental poisoning event, but are cautiously monitoring the situation.
Why Scottish Nurse Pauline Cafferkey's Trip To Sierra Leone Is So Vital For The Ebola Orphans Still Living With The Virus' Devastating Impact
Nurse Pauline Cafferkey hit the headlines in December 2014 when she became the first person in the UK to be diagnosed with
How can a woman survive Ebola and then die in childbirth? Easily, if you live in a low-income country where there are big
A Labour-run DfID would seek to offer a hybrid approach that focuses on economic, environmental and social development, without ever losing sight of what DfID was created to achieve. I will continue to champion the invaluable work DfID does and ensure the UK does not wane on its foreign aid commitments.
'Not nearly enough work has been done.'
Most of the 11,000 deaths due to Ebola could have been prevented, yet the world remains “grossly underprepared” for another
The patient was treated with 26 antibiotics.
A woman has died after being infected by a strain of bacteria resistant to every antibiotic available in the US. The patient
"One year after Ebola, life, light and hope have returned to some of the worst-hit communities in Sierra Leone," said George
A Global Health Epidemic Is A Ticking Time Bomb - But Virus Databases Can And Are Helping To Save Lives
If we have learnt anything from the deaths of millions of people from diseases like AIDS, SARS, pandemic flu, Ebola, and Zika it is the need for scientists to share data quickly so that researchers can assess the dangers and develop new medicines and vaccines.
'When the next outbreak hits, we will not be defenceless.'
The vaccine could control a new outbreak of the Zaire strain.