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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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Ebola: Recovery of Americans sharpens divisions in global health

Responses to and consequences of the current Ebola outbreak in parts of West and Central Africa have revealed the inequalities between healthcare systems in Africa and those in the western world. Awareness of these fault lines should increase the push toward universal healthcare for African citizens.

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War-torn Somalia faces starvation

Somalia is staring at a fresh food crisis due to delayed rains, rising food prices and persistent conflict. 

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In defence of the African Union

It’s easy to take pot shots at the African Union – and frankly, these can be well-deserved. But it’s a mistake to write the organisation off entirely. In fact, it does plenty to justify its standing as Africa’s only continental institution. For all its faults, Africa is better with the AU than without it.

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GIS maps help track Ebola in West Africa

Abuja – Maps created with geographic information system (GIS) technology are helping caregivers track people with the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, according to experts.

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South Sudanese Children Starving While Aid Falling Short

Washington – Even as aid workers are warning that children in South Sudan are falling victim to mass malnutrition, international agencies are said to be missing their fundraising goals to avert a looming famine in the country.

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