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05 Nov 2014 description

Janet Fleischman
November 4, 2014

Many of us remember the HIV/AIDS prevention mantra “ABC” – Abstinence, Be faithful, use Condoms – but I recently heard a new “ABC” message emanating from the Ebola crisis: Avoid Body Contact, a chilling message for the epidemic ravaging West Africa.

16 Nov 2012 description

By Patrick Pratt

On November 17, the people of Sierra Leone go to the polls in presidential, parliamentary, and local council elections. This will be the third presidential election since Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war ended in 2002, and it will be an important benchmark for judging the extent of its post-conflict recovery. President Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People’s Congress (APC) is the favorite to win a second term in office, but his main opponent, Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), is promising a strong showing.

20 Apr 2009 description


Nowhere are global public health challenges more acute than in sub-Saharan Africa. With just 13 percent of the world's population, this region carries 24 percent of the global burden of disease. The continent's immense disease burden and frail health systems are embedded in a broader context of poverty, underdevelopment, conflict, and weak or ill-managed government institutions. These complex, interrelated challenges will ultimately demand sustained, patient, and integrated responses.