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29 Dec 2015 description
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Dakar, 29 décembre 2015 (IRIN) - L’Afrique de l’Ouest a connu une année 2015 en dents de scie, avec l’apparition, la disparition et le retour d’Ebola. Mais aujourd’hui, après deux années de lutte contre le virus mortel, la région semble enfin être exempte d’Ebola. Aucun des trois pays les plus touchés – la Guinée, le Liberia et la Sierra Leone – n’a connu de cas actif depuis la mi-novembre.

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28 Dec 2015 description
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By Jennifer Lazuta

DAKAR, 28 December 2015 (IRIN) - The past year has been a roller coaster ride for West Africa, with Ebola coming and going and coming and going, and then coming once again. But now, after nearly two years battling the deadly virus, the region finally seems to be Ebola-free. None of the three countries most affected – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – has had an active case since mid-November.

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27 Aug 2015 description
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DAKAR, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - For the first time in more than a year, no one in either Sierra Leone or Liberia is being treated for Ebola, raising hopes that after more than 11,000 deaths and 28,000 infections throughout West Africa, the epidemic could finally be winding down.

But 18 months after the World Health Organization (WHO) formally announced the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in March 2014, the last thing the region needs is another false dawn. Three months ago, Liberia was declared free of the virus only for new cases to emerge.

12 Aug 2015 description
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Monrovia/Dakar, 12 août 2015 (IRIN) - L'épidémie d'Ebola en Afrique de l'Ouest est peut-être sur le déclin, mais en Guinée, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone, les survivants ne sont pas au bout de leurs peines.

12 Aug 2015 description
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By Jennifer Lazuta and John Sahr Sahid

FREETOWN/DAKAR, 12 August 2015 (IRIN) - For the last 13 years, Sierra Leone has seen a dramatic decrease in its maternal mortality rate, due in large part to the introduction of free health care for pregnant women. One of the most devastating and yet rarely acknowledged impacts of the Ebola epidemic is that it threatens to undo all this good work.

10 Aug 2015 description
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MONROVIA/DAKAR, 10 August 2015 (IRIN) - West Africa’s Ebola outbreak might be winding down, but the struggles facing survivors in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are far from over.

Beyond psycho-social problems related to stigma and post-traumatic stress disorder, more than half of survivors say they are suffering from debilitating joint pain, headaches, and fatigue. At least 25 percent have experienced some degree of change in vision, with many now close to being blind, according the World Health Organization (WHO).

14 Jul 2015 description
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By Jennifer Lazuta

DAKAR, 13 July 2015 (IRIN) - An independent panel described the response of the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as “delayed” and “inadequate,” so what systemic changes need to be made to ensure future crises are handled better?

Barbara Stocking, who chaired the panel, called it a “defining moment,” not just for WHO but also for member states, who have just pledged an additional $3.4 billion to boost recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone over the next two years.

02 Jul 2015 description
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FREETOWN, 2 July 2015 (IRIN) - As Sierra Leone continues to fight the Ebola outbreak, things are looking up on some fronts, including improved employment rates and school attendance. But many families say they still don't have enough to eat and malnutrition rates among children under the age of five remain high.

Click here to see IRIN's photo feature on how some families are struggling to survive.

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22 Jun 2015 description
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Dakar, 22 juin 2015 (IRIN) - Par une cruelle ironie du sort, bon nombre des meilleurs médecins et personnels infirmiers de Guinée, du Liberia et de Sierra Leone ne seront pas là pour participer à la reconstruction des systèmes de santé après Ebola, car ils ont succombé au virus. Ceux qui sont encore là seront confrontés à des défis majeurs liés à l'électricité, à l'assainissement et surtout à l'eau.

15 Jun 2015 description
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DAKAR, 15 June 2015 (IRIN) - It is a cruel irony that many of the top doctors and nurses in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will not be around to help rebuild their health systems in the wake of Ebola, having succumbed themselves to the virus. For those that are, the biggest challenges are likely to be electricity, sanitation, and, most of all, water.

07 May 2015 description
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By Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville

FREETOWN, 6 May 2015 (IRIN) - Fear and poverty are keeping many children in Sierra Leone out of classrooms and on the streets hawking or labouring– another effect of the Ebola outbreak that kept schools closed for nine months.

Four weeks into a new term, a third of the seats in Freetown’s Kroo Bay Community Primary School are still empty.

13 Apr 2015 description
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By John Sahr Sahid

FREETOWN, 9 April 2015 (IRIN) - As part of Sierra Leone's bid to combat Ebola, the entire population of more than six million people was obliged to stay at home for up to three days straight on two occasions during the past year.

Officials say the lockdowns - dozens more have also taken place in localised “hot zones” - do much to achieve the government’s goal of reaching zero cases of the Ebola virus, but poor Sierra Leoneans can barely afford to miss several days of vital earnings in a row.

09 Apr 2015 description
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By John Sahr Sahid

FREETOWN, 9 April 2015 (IRIN) - As part of Sierra Leone's bid to combat Ebola, the entire population of more than six million people has been obliged to stay at home for up to four days straight on two occasions over the past year.

Officials say the lockdowns - dozens more have also taken place in localised “hot zones” - do much to achieve the government’s goal of reaching zero cases of the Ebola virus, but poor Sierra Leoneans can barely afford to miss several days of vital earnings in a row.

31 Mar 2015 description
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FREETOWN, 31 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Selon un rapport d’audit, les justificatifs de dépense de plus de la moitié des 18 millions de dons du Trésor et de la population qui étaient censés avoir servi à lutter contre Ebola en Sierra Leone, où la maladie a fait 3 764 morts, sont incomplets et un tiers sont officiellement introuvables.

30 Mar 2015 description
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By John Sahr Sahid

FREETOWN, 30 March 2015 (IRIN) - More than half of US$18 million of treasury and public donation funds supposedly spent on fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone, where the disease has claimed 3,764 lives, lacks complete paperwork and almost a third is officially “unaccounted for” according to an audit report.

Anti-corruption and National Ebola Response Centre officials are investigating findings by the Audit Service that around $6 million may have gone to the wages of non-existent or “ghost” workers.

24 Mar 2015 description
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Nairobi, 24 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Le Liberia n'a enregistré qu'un nouveau cas d'Ebola au cours des trois dernières semaines, mais il est encore trop tôt pour savoir si le virus a presque été éradiqué – les frontières du pays sont poreuses et ses voisins n'ont pas réussi à maîtriser leurs épidémies.

23 Mar 2015 description
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LONDRES, 23 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Les nouveaux cas d’Ebola reculent progressivement au Libéria et en Sierra Leone, et les chercheurs scientifiques jouent la course contre la montre pour en apprendre le plus possible sur ce qui est d’ordinaire une maladie rare. Le docteur Jimmy Whitworth est l’un d’entre eux.

20 Mar 2015 description
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NAIROBI, 20 March 2015 (IRIN) - There have been no new Ebola infections in Liberia in the past three weeks, but it’s still far too early to say the virus has been defeated – Liberia’s borders are porous and its neighbours have been less successful in taming their outbreaks.

For Liberia to be deemed Ebola-free, there must be no new cases over 42 consecutive days. But even with that goal achieved, the World Health Organization (WHO) is unlikely to immediately declare the crisis over, said WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris.

19 Mar 2015 description
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LONDON, 19 March 2015 (IRIN) - New cases of Ebola are now tailing off in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and research scientists are racing against time to learn as much as possible about what is normally a rare disease. One of those scientists is Dr Jimmy Whitworth, who has just taken up a new post as professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, leading a three year project on epidemics and preparedness.

He spoke to IRIN News about what he will be trying to do.

17 Mar 2015 description
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Dakar, 17 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Au plus fort de l'épidémie d'Ebola, au mois de septembre, les Nations Unies ont annoncé la nomination de David Nabarro, expert en santé publique, comme Envoyé spécial pour la lutte contre Ebola. Il a été chargé de collaborer avec les partenaires nationaux et internationaux pour mieux coordonner et orchestrer les mesures de riposte contre Ebola. Six mois après sa prise de fonction, M. Nabarro a fait le point avec les journalistes d'IRIN à New York. Il a évoqué les défis actuels et les leçons apprises dans le cadre de la lutte.