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25 Nov 2015 description
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Author: Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Nov 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world's worst recorded Ebola outbreak and militant violence in West Africa may have shut down schools across the region but governments should see conflict and crisis as an opportunity to reform and improve education, an expert said on Wednesday.

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07 Nov 2015 description
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By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone is set to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday, when the west African nation will have gone 42 days without any new cases.

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13 Oct 2015 description
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DAKAR, Oct 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Supplying beds for Ebola patients to health facilities in Sierra Leone saved tens of thousands of lives by isolating patients, but providing them just one month earlier could have halved the number of reported cases, researchers said on Monday.

The delivery of nearly 3,000 beds by Britain, Sierra Leone and aid agencies between September 2014 and February this year prevented 57,000 Ebola infections and 40,000 deaths, according to experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

07 Oct 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 6 Oct 2015 23:01 GMT

By Alex Whiting

LONDON, Oct 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Traumatised by his experiences as a child soldier in South Sudan, 14-year-old Peter decided to settle an argument with two other children by taking an AK-47 from the local military barracks to shoot them.

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06 Oct 2015 description
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DAKAR, Oct 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Maternal and newborn deaths in Sierra Leone have soared since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as fear of being infected and mistrust of health workers deter pregnant women from giving birth in health facilities, researchers said on Tuesday.

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08 Jul 2015 description
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Author: Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, July 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sierra Leone's decision to back an international treaty on the rights of women in Africa could lead to a new law banning female genital mutilation (FGM) in a country where the practice is rife, campaigners said on Tuesday.

The Ebola-hit country last week became one of the last West African nations to ratify the Maputo Protocol, which addresses a range of issues including FGM, violence against women, child and forced marriage, and women's economic empowerment.

19 Jun 2015 description
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WASHINGTON, June 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Ebola epidemic exposed long-standing holes in aid delivery, which desperately needs an overhaul before the next international emergency hits, aid experts said on Thursday.

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17 Apr 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:07 GMT
Author: Stella Dawson

By Stella Dawson

WASHINGTON, April 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Ebola-stricken nations of West Africa are asking international donors to cancel their debts and give them $5-6 billion over two years to rebuild their economies, devastated by the deadly disease, Sierra Leone's president said on Thursday.

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01 Mar 2015 description
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By Misha Hussain

DAKAR, Feb 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The West African Ebola outbreak has halted progress in tackling HIV in Sierra Leone, shutting health clinics and scaring patients from being tested or seeking treatment, the United Nations has said.

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05 Feb 2015 description
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Author: Misha Hussain

CONAKRY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) made the "big mistake" of focusing too much on treatment early on in the Ebola epidemic rather than speaking to people about tackling the disease, a senior member of the medical charity said.

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14 Jan 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:01 GMT
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation

By Kieran Guilbert

LONDON, Jan 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Health workers treating women with pregnancy-related problems in Ebola-hit countries have to make life or death decisions for their patients and themselves, experts said on Wednesday.

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31 Dec 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 30 Dec 2014 12:55 GMT

Author: Chris Arsenault

ROME, Dec 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) was partially responsible for the scale of the Ebola crisis in three West African countries as its policies hampered healthcare spending in these post-conflict states, according to a new study.

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23 Dec 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:43 GMT
Author: Thomson Reuters Foundation
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By Chris Arsenault

ROME, Dec 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Ebola epidemic threatens rural banking in three West African countries with the potential to disrupt agriculture next year as farmers won't have access to credit to buy seeds and fertilizer, two UN officials warned on Monday.

04 Dec 2014 description
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Author: Misha Hussain

DAKAR, Dec 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some five million children are out of school in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the deadly Ebola outbreak, according to a report by the Global Business Coalition for Education.

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20 Nov 2014 description
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Misha Hussain

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The best way for businesses in West Africa, from local firms to multinational corporations, to help fight the deadly Ebola virus is by remaining viable and providing jobs, a U.N. official said.

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06 Nov 2014 description
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Author: Kieran Guilbert

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When mobile phone users receive a text message, they might expect a suggestion of a drink after work, a reminder to do the shopping, or an apology from a friend running late.

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22 Oct 2014 description
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By David Lewis and James Harding Giahyue

DAKAR/MONROVIA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - With the number of Ebola cases spiralling in West Africa and weeks remaining until treatment units promised by Western governments are built, health workers fighting one of the world's deadliest diseases are being forced to improvise.

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30 Sep 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:50 GMT
Author: Stella Dawson

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The rainy season in West Africa is compounding difficulties in getting supplies delivered and new treatment centres built as donors rush to isolate people infected with the deadly Ebola virus and stop its rapid spread, U.S. officials said.

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22 Sep 2014 description
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By Stella Dawson

WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned.

"The missing link is staff," Athalia Christie, deputy for global health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has just returned from Liberia, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

24 Mar 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 24 Mar 2014 03:00 PM
Author: Misha Hussain

By Misha Hussain

DAKAR, March 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scientists tackling an outbreak of Ebola in Guinea believe they have identified the virus as the Zaire strain, the most lethal of all that "raises the already high level of concern", according to France's Institut Pasteur.

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