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Bob Geldof doesn’t need to do a #BandAid30 for Ebola. African musicians made a song already

Nov13

Bob Geldof is going to put out another Band Aid single, another rehash of  the grotesque “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” with slightly altered lyrics. We’ve written about the problematic politics of such songs in detail before. Bim Adewunmi broke it down over at the Guardian today.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruYQY6z3mV8[/youtube]

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‘Flying donkey’ drones, biobanks and more

SciDev.Net Podcast – In this month’s programme, we examine how the Ebola emergency has led to new forms of humanitarian response. One is the use of music to educate people about safety practices using accessible language and forms.

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How Ebola is robbing us of our humanity

Last month I received a call from Freetown. The fifteen-year-old Augusta Vandy had just died of Ebola. She was the eldest of five children whose parents had died of the disease. An aunt who had risked caring for them had also died. The house had been quarantined and the children left alone.

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Why Nigeria defeated invisible Ebola but fails against visible Boko Haram

The Nigerian government’s successful handling of Ebola contrasts sharply with its blunders in tackling Boko Haram. One factor in that disparity is whose interests were at stake in each case: Ebola had the potential to kill indiscriminately across classes, while Boko Haram has so far directly affected mostly lower classes.

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MSF doctor writes about her experience working in Ebola zone in Sierra Leone

‘Before arriving in an Ebola project, most MSF expatriates have to go through two days of intensive training. An important part of this is putting on the full personal protective equipment (PPE)‘, writes Indira Govender from an Ebola zone in Sierra Leone.

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Hopes of controlling Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak remain grim

Freetown – The fight against the deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa seems to be hanging in the balance as Sierra Leone’s Minister of Health and Sanitation Dr Abubakar Fofana told IPS that the government is overwhelmed by the outbreak.

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