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The politics of love

Author: Hoda Hersi, January 28 2015 - We are making a fun but educational drama in our Somalia office, with drama very much being the imperative word. When characters from different backgrounds come together in storylines, from Shakespearean classics like Romeo and Juliet and Othello to modern day TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Days of Our Lives, I’ve always found it makes the drama juicier. But never could I have predicted that a Somali love affair in our fictional drama could generate a political drama in the real world.

BBC Sema Kenya takes a bow

Author: Jackie Christie, January 28 2015 - I first met Joseph Warungu in 2012 when he handed me a report he had written on the media environment in Kenya and the possibility of a programme themed on governance. None of us knew then that not only would he become the familiar face and host of the BBC Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks) TV show, but that we would still be on air three years later.

Reaching children in extreme poverty and attaining MDG 2 target: Revitalizing Education Extension Program, A policy priority

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and magnitude. In the early 1990’s, policymakers, academicians and researchers could not identify these diversities of poverty and, particularly, the varied dimensions of poverty.

Build a smart investment - "Swacch Bharat"

Author: Anand Shekhar, January 27 2015 - The response of India Inc. to the clarion call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to make India “Swacch Bharat” is praiseworthy. Most of the renowned Corporate Houses have committed investments to support the construction of toilets in households and schools. Major companies like TCS, Bharti, HUL, Aditya Birla Group, ITC, Adani and Dabur have announced big CSR [corporate social responsibility] expenditures or promised to upgrade existing programmes for building sanitation facilities.

Gender Norms and Power Inequities: Key Barriers to Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Author:  Christina Wegs, January 26 2015 - December 10th was International Human Rights Day. This day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly in 1948, which affirmed the rights of all people, everywhere and all the time. The Declaration, as well as similar international treaties and agreements, confirm the centrality and importance of protecting and fulfilling sexual and reproductive rights (SRR).

Sitting on the fence: Is the new Government pro or anti poor?

Author: Priya Anand, January 20 2015 - With an overwhelming victory for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in 2014, the then newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to focus on people-centered policies and effective governance. Has the Government considered the needs of disadvantaged minorities and lived up to its pre-election inclusive manifesto or will its promises fall short and disappoint the millions who placed their trust and hope on the new Government?

Critical Thinking: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Author: Neil Orr & David Patient, January 16 2015 - It’s time to think about how we think. That’s what Critical Thinking is about. Somewhere in the back of our heads, we know that this important. Almost every SETA Unit Standard [standards for desired education and training outcomes in South Africa] - whatever the subject - refers to critical and creative thinking somewhere at the tail-end of the description of the Unit Standard. Yet, we proceed to produce education and training based upon memorizing information and do-this skills. Where is the Critical Thinking?

Five Media Mistakes over Charlie Hebdo

Author: Dasha Ilic, January 16 2015 - The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has featured the prophet Muhammad on its front cover once again. The Prophet is crying, just as did the cartoonist who made the cover. The headline says "All is forgiven".

Sharing is caring: top BBC radio advice for Tanzanian youth project

Author: Kwizera Charugamba, January 13 2015 - Last summer, as we started the mammoth task of building a national youth radio show in Tanzania from scratch, a few of us (myself included) set off on a fact-finding mission to BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s London [United Kingdom] studios.

We wanted to find out "what works" at one of the UK's most popular youth radio stations and how we could adopt - and adapt - some of their best ideas.

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This invitation calls for submissions of "examples of good practice and that meet the Hyogo Framework Priority Action 3: 'Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels'" for the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR).

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Experiences

"There is no point in having a vaccine if you cannot roll it out. This is a story for donors, who increasingly need to know that the money which is going into developing countries is actually having an impact, and this is a very good example of something which has a clear and measurable impact."

Helen Evans, interim chief executive...

During the monsoon season (June to October), in some flood-prone communities in Bangladesh, children cannot attend school, and communities cannot access healthcare facilities when their villages are cut off from mainland services by flooding. Two "floating schools" on river boats are being supplied to teach children ages 6-14 and to offer...

In October 2013, a training in Salvador, Brazil, introducing a multimedia technology called Vojo, was presented to 20 youth in a quilombo community (a settlement of people originally of African origin), Ilha de Maré, which has no internet access. The training introduced a means of posting content in the internet with inexpensive mobile phones...

Certified polio-free in 2014, India turned its attention to another public health challenge: the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (also called filaria or elephantiasis - "Hathipaon" in colloquial Hindi), which is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that threatens nearly half of its population (500 million people).

In August 2014, a group of youth aged 16 to 21 participated in a comic drawing workshop in the Northern Region of Ghana. During the workshop, Ebola emerged as a priority issue, and the young people, guided by facilitators, created comic strip stories around various aspects of the disease. The resulting booklet is being distributed to help raise...

Launched by the community radio FM station Radio Namaskar in Puri District, Odisha, India, in July 2010, Chala Skul Ku Jiba (Let Us Go to School) was a multi-media behaviour change initiative that sought to mobilise school dropouts to go back to school.

Children for Health is "dedicated to the promotion of health education in developing countries, focused on developing children as ambassadors and communicators of essential health messages in their communities." The United Kingdom (UK)-based nonprofit organisation researches, develops, promotes, and distributes health education materials for...

"Promoting messages that encourage positive behavior change, be it awareness about HIV/AIDS, educating the girl child, gender equity, safe motherhood, hygiene and sanitation or other key social and health behaviors, Kyunki...is proving to be a beacon of change that is paving a brighter path for the women and children of India."

The Zinc & Health Partnership, a programme of Teck, a diversified resource company focused on mining, works with international organisations to scale up both short-term and long-term solutions to zinc deficiency. It seeks to get "zinc into the diets of the people who need it most.

Launched in 2014 across Southern Africa, the Children and the Media Project is working to provide spaces and opportunities for children to engage with and produce media, as well as to sensitise journalists and media houses about children's rights and how to report fairly and ethically on children's issues.

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Strategic Thinking

"The main aim of this Communication for Development Study, commissioned by UNICEF [the United Nations Children's Fund], centered on carrying out a study on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) specific to Children’s Rights that will inform the Communication for Development (C4D) Strategy and that will cut across program sectors in...

Grounded in the belief that effective communication is the basis of malaria-related behaviour change for all stakeholders - women, their families, community leaders, programme managers, and health care providers - this communication strategy document, developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication...

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

This 4-page case study discusses the findings of a process evaluation of a community-based monitoring (CBM) of health services project conducted in twelve South African communities to assess and support quality health care and increase access to and participation in health care by adolescents. "CBM is a form of public oversight that uses local...

"[A] social design focus should concentrate on context-specific innovations that open safe spaces for dialogue and create new ways of delivering motivating and clear messages to the general public by challenging normalised ideas. Ultimately, this article creates a platform upon which this type of social design thinking and output can develop...

"[E]arlier conversations had revealed that while the WASH sector was increasingly integrating with the nutrition sector; and that ECD research and programming experts have been coordinating with nutrition specialists, little coordination existed between the ECD and WASH sectors, or with all three integrating or collaborating in any...

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MAKING EVALUATION MATTER: Writings from South Asia

This is a first-of-its-kind collection of writings by evaluation professionals working in South Asia. It analyses and documents the status of, and challenges for, development evaluation in this region. The collection covers three critical dimensions of making evaluation matter in development processes and change in South Asia: context, methods...

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This edition of Global Media Journal entitled: International Media Assistance: Experiences and Prospects (available in German and in English) focuses on international aid to the media sector in developing countries, describing, defining, and documenting the practical and the theoretical aspects of international media...

Author: Anand Shekhar, January 27 2015 - The response of India Inc. to the clarion call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to make India “Swacch Bharat” is praiseworthy. Most of the renowned Corporate Houses have committed investments to support the construction of toilets in households and schools. Major companies like TCS, Bharti, HUL,...

 Health Research Manager - BBC Media Action - London, United Kingdom

Job Introduction

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity, which uses media and communications to tackle poverty and contribute to long-term change in some of the world’s poorest places.  We do this through implementing governance, health and resilience projects in partnership with civil...

In October 2013, a training in Salvador, Brazil, introducing a multimedia technology called Vojo, was presented to 20 youth in a quilombo community (a settlement of people originally of African origin), Ilha de Maré, which has no internet access. The training introduced a means of posting content in the internet with inexpensive mobile phones...

"The concept of citizen journalism has radically altered traditional news and information flows, encouraging greater interaction and interdependence. What challenges does this development pose for societies worldwide? What ethical questions does it raise?"

Author: Priya Anand, January 20 2015 - With an overwhelming victory for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in 2014, the then newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to focus on people-centered policies and effective governance. Has the Government considered the needs of disadvantaged minorities and lived up...

Certified polio-free in 2014, India turned its attention to another public health challenge: the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (also called filaria or elephantiasis - "Hathipaon" in colloquial Hindi), which is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that threatens nearly half of its population (500 million people).

Conflict Sensitive Journalism Trainer - Internews - Central African Republic

Position: Conflict Sensitive Journalism Trainer (CSJT)
Reports to: Project Director
Location: Embedded within different radio stations in the regions as security allows
Duration: 3 months minimum
Anticipated start date: March 2015
...

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Film and Video

During the monsoon season (June to October), in some flood-prone communities in Bangladesh, children cannot attend school, and communities cannot access healthcare facilities when their villages are cut off from mainland services by flooding. Two "floating schools" on river boats are being supplied to teach children ages 6-14 and to offer...

Certified polio-free in 2014, India turned its attention to another public health challenge: the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (also called filaria or elephantiasis - "Hathipaon" in colloquial Hindi), which is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that threatens nearly half of its population (500 million people).

David Blumenkrantz - Communications Advocacy Consultant - CA, United States

David Blumenkrantz’s professional experience includes eight years of NGO, documentary and photojournalism work in East and Central Africa. From his home in Kenya, he traveled extensively and covered social, relief and development, and political issues. From 1992-1994, he was the Information Department Coordinator for the Undugu Society of Kenya...

"[A] social design focus should concentrate on context-specific innovations that open safe spaces for dialogue and create new ways of delivering motivating and clear messages to the general public by challenging normalised ideas. Ultimately, this article creates a platform upon which this type of social design thinking and output can develop...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

This toolkit is intended to serve as an educational tool, providing information and resources for the design and implementation of activities to promote transparency in education. Created for individuals and institutions, particularly youth-led and youth-oriented non-governmental organisations (NGOs), it was developed by the International...

EbolaMustGo

Author: Ibrahim Sesay, December 13 2014 - I have been closely monitoring the various interventions that had been and are still being undertaken by the government of Sierra Leone and its stakeholders to address the dreadful Ebola epidemic in the country. These are my observations:

1. The Centralized Nature of Communication.

Children for Health is "dedicated to the promotion of health education in developing countries, focused on developing children as ambassadors and communicators of essential health messages in their communities." The United Kingdom (UK)-based nonprofit organisation researches, develops, promotes, and distributes health education materials for...

The Why Poverty? documentary film series is comprised of eight one-hour films and thirty-four shorts originating from 28 different countries, which are designed to get people thinking and talking about poverty. "It has been said that, in this century, we have the tools and potential to overcome extreme poverty. But poverty persists, and the gap...

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Radio

Author: Hoda Hersi, January 28 2015 - We are making a fun but educational drama in our Somalia office, with drama very much being the imperative word. When characters from different backgrounds come together in storylines, from Shakespearean classics like Romeo and Juliet and Othello to modern day TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Days of Our Lives,...

This edition of Global Media Journal entitled: International Media Assistance: Experiences and Prospects (available in German and in English) focuses on international aid to the media sector in developing countries, describing, defining, and documenting the practical and the theoretical aspects of international media...

"The main aim of this Communication for Development Study, commissioned by UNICEF [the United Nations Children's Fund], centered on carrying out a study on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) specific to Children’s Rights that will inform the Communication for Development (C4D) Strategy and that will cut across program sectors in...

 Health Research Manager - BBC Media Action - London, United Kingdom

Job Introduction

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity, which uses media and communications to tackle poverty and contribute to long-term change in some of the world’s poorest places.  We do this through implementing governance, health and resilience projects in partnership with civil...

Grounded in the belief that effective communication is the basis of malaria-related behaviour change for all stakeholders - women, their families, community leaders, programme managers, and health care providers - this communication strategy document, developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication...

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

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Television

This edition of Global Media Journal entitled: International Media Assistance: Experiences and Prospects (available in German and in English) focuses on international aid to the media sector in developing countries, describing, defining, and documenting the practical and the theoretical aspects of international media...

"The main aim of this Communication for Development Study, commissioned by UNICEF [the United Nations Children's Fund], centered on carrying out a study on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) specific to Children’s Rights that will inform the Communication for Development (C4D) Strategy and that will cut across program sectors in...

 Health Research Manager - BBC Media Action - London, United Kingdom

Job Introduction

BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development charity, which uses media and communications to tackle poverty and contribute to long-term change in some of the world’s poorest places.  We do this through implementing governance, health and resilience projects in partnership with civil...

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

Certified polio-free in 2014, India turned its attention to another public health challenge: the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (also called filaria or elephantiasis - "Hathipaon" in colloquial Hindi), which is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) that threatens nearly half of its population (500 million people).

With funding from USAID, the Tékponon Jikuagou Project of the Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH), Georgetown University, United States, conducted an initial review of recent literature and programmes on male engagement in sexual and reproductive health, resulting in the conclusion that "the practice of engaging men in sexual and...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

Authors: Claire Hooker and Julie Leask, originally published on November 5 2014, cross-posted on January 5 2015: Listen up, health officials - here's how to reduce "Ebolanoia".

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Community Participation

"There is no point in having a vaccine if you cannot roll it out. This is a story for donors, who increasingly need to know that the money which is going into developing countries is actually having an impact, and this is a very good example of something which has a clear and measurable impact."

Helen Evans, interim chief executive...

"The main aim of this Communication for Development Study, commissioned by UNICEF [the United Nations Children's Fund], centered on carrying out a study on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) specific to Children’s Rights that will inform the Communication for Development (C4D) Strategy and that will cut across program sectors in...

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and...

Author: Anand Shekhar, January 27 2015 - The response of India Inc. to the clarion call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to make India “Swacch Bharat” is praiseworthy. Most of the renowned Corporate Houses have committed investments to support the construction of toilets in households and schools. Major companies like TCS, Bharti, HUL,...

During the monsoon season (June to October), in some flood-prone communities in Bangladesh, children cannot attend school, and communities cannot access healthcare facilities when their villages are cut off from mainland services by flooding. Two "floating schools" on river boats are being supplied to teach children ages 6-14 and to offer...

Author:  Christina Wegs, January 26 2015 - December 10th was International Human Rights Day. This day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly in 1948, which affirmed the rights...

In October 2013, a training in Salvador, Brazil, introducing a multimedia technology called Vojo, was presented to 20 youth in a quilombo community (a settlement of people originally of African origin), Ilha de Maré, which has no internet access. The training introduced a means of posting content in the internet with inexpensive mobile phones...

"The concept of citizen journalism has radically altered traditional news and information flows, encouraging greater interaction and interdependence. What challenges does this development pose for societies worldwide? What ethical questions does it raise?"

Grounded in the belief that effective communication is the basis of malaria-related behaviour change for all stakeholders - women, their families, community leaders, programme managers, and health care providers - this communication strategy document, developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication...

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Materials

This edition of Global Media Journal entitled: International Media Assistance: Experiences and Prospects (available in German and in English) focuses on international aid to the media sector in developing countries, describing, defining, and documenting the practical and the theoretical aspects of international media...

"At the heart of every health system, the workforce is central to improving health. A wide range of professionals are involved in health care for adolescents at the primary and referral levels, and progress towards universal health coverage for adolescents will require renewed attention to their education."

From Girls Not Brides, a partnership of over 400 organisations from more than 60 countries around the world, this resource is designed to support the work of advocates who are in a position to "engage in a process that will likely drive international attention and development programming and funding for the next 15 years." The context: "Child,...

"The concept of citizen journalism has radically altered traditional news and information flows, encouraging greater interaction and interdependence. What challenges does this development pose for societies worldwide? What ethical questions does it raise?"

"Trainees will be able to effectively plan and implement a Barrier Analysis survey and use the results to inform their behavior change strategy."

"One way to get started [adding family planning to maternal and child health programmes] is through social and behavior change [BC]. That means learning about the community’s family planning knowledge, attitudes and practices, and then creating strategies based on what is learned."

Grounded in the belief that effective communication is the basis of malaria-related behaviour change for all stakeholders - women, their families, community leaders, programme managers, and health care providers - this communication strategy document, developed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Communication...

"Good-quality reporting is all the more crucial as malaria control efforts seek to keep up with shifts in epidemiology and communication technologies. Well-written reports can lead to a better understanding of 'what works' in different contexts and are crucial to maximizing investments in research."

This interactive, "intelligent" comic book explores the ongoing battle with the parasite that causes malaria, by going inside the labs and the clinics where scientists are working to put an end to the disease. It is designed to serve as an educational tool that engages the next generation of malaria researchers, allowing students in schools and...

"As you read through this Toolkit, think about how you can share and promote an understanding of the child rights approach with others and how you can apply it to your activities and programming."

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Ebola News Feed

Suspected Ebola patient admitted to California hospital
Jan 30 2015 - 10:09am
By Reuters/Sharon Bernstein - SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan 29 (Reuters) - A patient suspected of contracting Ebola after traveling in West Africa and exhibiting symptoms of the disease was admitted on Thursday to a special isolation hospital unit in Sacramento and was being tested for infection, officials said. The patient was considered at a relatively low risk of infection. Although recently in an...

WHO says Ebola epidemic on the decline
Jan 30 2015 - 10:03am
(By Afp) The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be on the decline, with new weekly infections dropping below 100 for the first time in over six months, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The UN agency said it had now shifted its efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the countries worst-hit by the virus -- from slowing the spread of the virus to ending the epidemic....

LIBERIA: Lawmakers Want Schools Re-Open March 2
Jan 30 2015 - 9:54am
The Joint Legislative Committee on Education, Public Administration and Health has recommended that schools re-open on March 2 instead of February 2 as announced by the Education Ministry. The Committee said the postponement was necessary to allow for adequate preparation of school facilities and to give the Ministries of Education and Health ample time to deliver Ebola preventive materials to...

Finance Minister Explains Liberia’s Growth Rate Decline
Jan 30 2015 - 9:47am
Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, has attributed the drop in Liberia’s economic growth rate in part to the drop in the prices of rubber and iron ore on the global market. Konneh disclosed that the country’s growth rate declined from 8.7 percent in 2013 to 5.9 percent projected in 2014, adding: “As you know, Liberia depends on these two resources as its main source of income...

West Africa - Ebola Outbreak Fact Sheet #18 (FY 15)
Jan 30 2015 - 8:20am
Language Undefined West Africa - Ebola Outbreak Fact Sheet #18 (FY 15) With support from the Government of Germany, a temporary unit for treating non-EVD infections opened in Liberia’s capital city of Monrovia on January 23. The Government of Senegal (GoS) reopened land border crossings with Guinea on January 26. The GoS had closed all borders with Guinea on...

West Africa: Ebola - Why Are We Blaming the Victims?
Jan 30 2015 - 6:27am
[IRIN]Nairobi -"African culture" - cute if you're a tourist, catastrophic when you want to put a lid on Ebola, or so some international health experts and media coverage of the outbreak would have us believe.

West Africa: Ebola - Is Culture the Real Killer?
Jan 30 2015 - 5:08am
[IRIN]Nairobi -"African culture" - cute if you're a tourist, catastrophic when you want to put a lid on Ebola, or so some international health experts and media coverage of the outbreak would have us believe.

World must prepare for 'war' against a global pandemic: Bill Gates
Jan 29 2015 - 11:47am
Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates says the world must use the lessons from battling Ebola to prepare for any future "war" against a global killer disease, with the help of new technology. Gates, in Berlin for a donor conference of the GAVI alliance bringing vaccines to poor countries, said the risk of a worldwide pandemic meant it was reckless not to act now. "A more difficult pathogen (than...

World's largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak retreats
Jan 29 2015 - 11:44am
A potent symbol of the nightmare enveloping west Africa at the height of the Ebola outbreak, the ELWA-3 treatment centre is being dismantled and incinerated bit by bit as the region emerges from catastrophe. The largest Ebola unit ever built opened in the Liberian capital Monrovia with 120 beds on August 17 but was immediately overwhelmed, with staff forced to turn patients away at its gates,...

At AU Summit, Liberia Tightens Diplomatic Ties With China, Egypt
Jan 29 2015 - 11:23am
On the margins of the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Liberian delegation on Monday, January 26, 2015 held productive discussions with representatives of the governments of China and Egypt. In two separate sideline -meetings, the head of Liberia's delegation to this year's African Union Summit, Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and...

Liberia: Harvard Scientist Claims Selenium Can Treat Ebola
Jan 29 2015 - 11:16am
[FrontPageAfrica]In an article just published in the British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, Harvard University researcher Dr Boguslaw Lipinski claims that selenium can treat Ebola virus disease (EVD). His paper says that a specific form of selenium, sodium selenite, found in nutritional supplements can reduce the infectivity and therefore the reproduction of Ebola and HIV viruses.

World Bank Group President: World is ‘Dangerously Unprepared’ for Future Pandemics
Jan 29 2015 - 11:09am
WASHINGTON - Saying the world was “dangerously unprepared” for future pandemics, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today laid out a vision in which insurance companies, governments, multi-lateral organizations, corporations and international donors worked together to build a system that would help all countries prepare for potentially catastrophic health disasters. “The Ebola outbreak has...

Ebola Outbreak: Triumph of human spirit and hope for better future
Jan 29 2015 - 5:46am
This is one of the most challenging situations that I have ever faced in my 15 years of working in emergencies. I have never seen such fear around Ebola, even in distant countries like India.On my flight from Brussels to Freetown, the...

Africa: AU Faces Acid Test Over Continent's Hotspots
Jan 29 2015 - 3:13am
[Deutsche Welle]Boko Haram, Ebola, Central African Republic, South Sudan - African leaders have much on their agenda at their summit this weekend. At the top of the list is the creation of an anti-terrorism force.