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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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Africa must tackle malnutrition head on

Rome — Eight hundred and five million of the world’s people are chronically hungry, according to estimates by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). But this figure represents only a fraction of the world’s population whose lives have been blighted by a lack of adequate nutrition.

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Factsheet: The leading causes of death in Africa

By World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa claimed 3,338 lives between the week of 30 December and the week of 28 September. Though the virulence and rapid spread of the Ebola virus are major causes of concern, it is important to understand the mortality figures in the broader sub-Saharan African context.

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Ebola cases now exceed 10,000

Geneva — An overview of the current state of Ebola infections is provided by excerpts from the October 25 situation report of the World Health Organization’s Ebola Response Roadmap. continue reading »

United Nations Ebola outbreak threatens food crisis in West Africa

United Nations – The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger.

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President Sirleaf: The long-term cure for Ebola is an investment in health systems

As the Ebola nightmare continues in Liberia and as we battle to contain the epidemic, it is important to look beyond the immediate crisis. Many more lives will be lost before this dreadful outbreak is beaten, but to properly honor the memory of the victims we need to ask how it happened in the first place and, more pressingly, how we can prevent it from happening again, writes Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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