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Sierra Leone hunts for Ebola victim after patient snatched from hospital

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Guardian

Woman forcibly removed from hospital in Freetown by family after testing positive for one of world's deadliest diseases

Officials in Sierra Leone have appealed for help to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola, whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after she tested positive for the deadly virus.

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Radio programme a beacon of hope for Afghans searching for lost relatives

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Guardian

In Search of the Missing tries to track down some of the 1 million people who have disappeared during three decades of war

The men and women have little in common, except they all seem to have vanished into thin air. Some disappeared in the middle of a Taliban attack. Some fled Afghanistan and were never heard from again. Some went missing weeks ago; others have been gone more than two decades. But twice a week, tearful relatives call out to them on a radio show that has come to serve as a disturbing window into modern Afghanistan: In Search of the Missing.

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It's time NGOs admit aid isn't going to 'save' Africa

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Guardian

Africa loses more to the west than it gains in aid. NGOs must challenge governments rather than congratulate them

Martin Drewry

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Why toilets are essential for growing healthy children

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Guardian

New research shows sanitation is linked to stunting. Lawrence Haddad explains how toilets can improve child growth

Lawrence Haddad

Approximately 160 million children under the age of 5 are stunted. This means they are failing to grow well and lack of height can be a marker of a whole range of developmental setbacks including cognitive impairment.

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Kenyan girls taken to remote regions to undergo FGM in secret

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Guardian

Perpetrators of female genital mutilation becoming more difficult to catch as hospitals and clinics carry out procedure covertly

Parents are taking their daughters to remote regions of Kenya to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) in secret, according to the head of the country's new FGM prosecution unit.