A mudslide devastated the capital, Freetown, three weeks ago. Life is slowly returning to normal, but residents of the areas most affected are still coming to terms with what happened, as Olivia Acland reports.
In Kamayama, a community in Freetown built on and around steep riverbanks, life looked like it was slowly getting back to normal. Two local football teams were battling it out on a dry mud pitch. A hundred spectators stood by, watching keenly.
The emergency ship "Iuventa" from the Berlin-based aid organization "Jugend rettet" was overloaded in its last deployment. The organization’s spokeswoman Pauline Schmidt spoke to DW about the incident.
DW: How are the crew members of your rescue ship "Iuventa” faring after the last deployment?
The only functioning power plant in the Palestinian territory is out of action after running out of fuel. The local electricity company blamed a "dispute" between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority for the outage.
Gaza residents on Sunday had their electricity cut from eight hours a day to just six, after the only power station in the Gaza Strip stopped operating.
Friday, April 7, is World Health Day and perhaps a reminder that easy access to healthcare is still far from universal. In the Nuba Mountains, a German charity hospital is struggling to help war casualties.
Sweat is forming on the brow of Joseph Yacoub. It is 40 degrees Celsius in the operating room of the hospital run by the German Emergency Doctors charity (Deutsche Not-Ärzte e.V.) in the rebel-held town of Kauda in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, Sudan.
Researchers at the University of Tübingen have tested a new malaria immunization method that they believe to be 100 percent effective. Peter Kremsner told DW what's special about the new vaccine.
Deutsche Welle: A new malaria immunization method that you tested on 67 healthy individuals was 100 percent successful in the first round of testing. Is this a breakthrough in the fight against malaria?
Peter Kremsner: We sure hope so. The success we had with this new approach to malaria immunization surprised us, too.
More than 15,000 refugees are trapped on Greek islands. Complicated procedures make their situation even harder. Marianna Karakoulaki and Dimitris Tosidis have talked to some of them in Samos.
Marianna Karakoulaki, Dimitris Tosidis
The people of Syria and Lebanon show great readiness to help others, says Christian Reuter, secretary-general of the German Red Cross. He recently spoke with DW's Kersten Knipp.
DW: Mr Reuter, in recent days you've been traveling through Syria, including to the city of Homs. What is your impression of the city?
It will be the big item on the agenda at next year's World Health Summit. But, this year, only the most daring will mention mental health. And they are having to push for all it's worth.
Almost a year after a devastating earthquake, Nepal and its people are struggling to make ends meet. Food and fuel shortages are exacerbating an already critical situation, as Sophie Cousins reports from Kathmandu.
On a crisp, foggy early morning on the outskirts of Kathmandu in Sunakothi village, 14 malnourished children crowd around the visiting doctor for their weekly check-up.
As a fuel shortage keeps donors away from blood banks, the Nepal Red Cross Society reports that, if a border standoff is not resolved within 30 days, the emergency blood supply for patients could be severely reduced.
Berlin has sent two ships to the Mediterranean to rescue refugees trafficked from Africa. The ships' doctors have already begun treating migrants who were injured at sea.
Marines in German ships "Hessen" and "Berlin" (pictured above) began their mission to help migrants at sea and were involved in their first rescue operation on Wednesday, the army said. The two ships had left the port of Crete on Tuesday and were planning to participate in relief exercises between the Libyan and Sicilian coasts.
Nepal has urged the world not to "dump" inappropriate aid on the earthquake-hit nation amid its logistics nightmare. Fights and looting have broken out as survivors cope with lack of clean water, food and medicine.
Nepal's disaster management head Ram Kumar Dahal said on Wednesday only specific relief, such as tents, medics to treat quake injured, dry food and monetary donations, should be sent to the country as Kathmandu's logistics network bottlenecks.
Now that "Islamic State" fighters have been pushed out of Kobani, the first refugees are crossing over the Turkish border to return to the destroyed city - and those Syrians who stayed. Kamal Sheikho reports from Kobani.
The test by a German pharmaceutical company is easy to use and store. It comes at a time when Ebola infections in western Africa are on the rise again.
Good news in the fight against Ebola: German pharmaceutical company Stada announced on Monday that it would launch a rapid test for Ebola in March.
The test was developed by researchers at the German diagnostics firm Senova. It will be sold to aid organizations all over the world for 3.20 euro (3.66 US dollars) a piece and yields results in 10 minutes, based on patients' pre-treated blood samples.
Former Ebola patients are complaining about after-effects. Some have vision problems, others joint-pains. Have they developed an autoimmune response or has Ebola triggered the outbreak of a pre-existent illness?
Medics treating survivors of Ebola are reporting numerous cases in which survivors are showing specific after-effects in the weeks and months after the infection. The symptoms now also have a name: Post-Ebola Syndrom (PES).
Good news has been rare when it comes to the Ebola outbreak. Now, there's a glimmer of hope. One vaccine has yielded promising results in humans - even if it has its drawbacks.
For months, bad news - even bordering on the apocalyptic - was the norm when it came to Ebola in West Africa: Exponential infection rates, agonizing deaths, and an epidemic lasting much longer than expected.
For those waiting anxiously for a sign of hope, maybe - just maybe - here it is.
Ebola patients in Liberia can now be treated in a new center set up in Monrovia with funding from German aid organizations. A German armed forces airlift will keep supplies flowing in.
The federal government has upped its financial contribution for Ebola response efforts six-fold to 100 million euros ($127 million), calling the situation in West Africa "extremely worrying."
In the face of criticism that Germany is not contributing enough to international efforts to stem the spread of Ebola, Berlin announced Friday it would pledge 100 million euros, up from its earlier commitment of 17 million euros.
EU peacekeepers are set to stay in the Central African Republic for an extra three months to allow more time for the transition to UN peacekeeping operation. The EU has also established a trust fund to help the CAR.
The Central African Republic (CAR) is in urgent need of assistance. Last year the country descended into chaos as a coup pitched it into months of violent unrest. Within the past few weeks a new transitional government has assumed power and a contingent of UN blue helmets has arrived.