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2014-11-28 Sierra Leone to Become Worst Ebola Hit Country
[NEWS]Sierra Leone will soon displace Liberia as the worst-hit of the West African countries ravaged by Ebola, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

2014-11-27 Ebola Vaccine Results Give Hope
[Deutsche Welle]Ebola vaccine researchers say they are 'encouraged' by the results of an initial clinical trial, in which volunteers developed antibodies needed to fight the virus. But the end product is still some time away.

2014-11-27 MSF Commends President Koroma
[Sierra Leone Government]President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday 26thNovember received the international President of Medicines San Frontiers (MSF) Dr Joanne Liu and delegation at State House Freetown.

2014-11-26 Speedy Ebola Test Among UK Projects Given Grant
[SciDev.Net]A portable device to test bodily fluids for Ebola in under an hour and anthropological training to help foreign health workers work more effectively with local people in West Africa are among five research programmes being funded by the UK's Department for International Development and the Wellcome Trust.

2014-11-26 Bodies Dumped in Ebola Pay Dispute in Sierra Leone
[Deutsche Welle]A dispute over pay has seen burial teams dump bodies of Ebola victims in the street in eastern Sierra Leone. At least a dozen corpses were left outside a public hospital.

2014-11-26 Ebola - December 1 Target for Response May Not Be Met in Some Areas, UN Reports
[UN News]The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today that while Ebola response targets for December 1 in West Africa may be reached in many places, they may not be met in some areas, and confirmed two new cases in Mali amid ramped up efforts to reduce the likelihood that additional cases will be imported from neighbouring Guinea.

2014-11-25 Ebola - Political Leadership for a Crisis?
[Africa Research Institute]In the fourth of a series of blogs about the impact and consequences of Ebola in Sierra Leone, ARI researcher Jamie Hitchen, recently back from a year spent working in the country, evaluates the Sierra Leonean government's response to the Ebola outbreak. Jamie's previous entries on Ebola in Sierra Leone focused on health care, economic hardship and stigma.

2014-11-24 Local Medics to Lead Fight Against Ebola
[OSIWA]Dakar -As the Ebola epidemic continues to wage thousands of deaths across West Africa and clinical trials are underway, a consortium of local West African leaders with scientific expertise are meeting in Dakar, on November 21 and 22nd, to assess the current state of Ebola treatment efforts and provide clear recommendations on ways forward, particularly for the three most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

2014-11-24 Ebola Survivors Speak of Hopes and Fears
[IFRC]Patricia James is the unofficial spokesperson for this particular group of five Ebola survivors being discharged from the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone. She is vivacious, engaging and very caring, fussing around the other survivors to reassure them that they are indeed going home.

2014-11-24 Journalist Arrested and Detained On Presidential Order Released On Bail
[MFWA]Dr. David Tam-Baryoh, a journalist who hosts the programme "Monologue" on Citizen Radio in Sierra Leone was released on November 14, 2014 after 10 days in detention.

2014-11-24 Ebola - 'We Are Seeing the Curve Bending in Enough Places to Give Us Hope,' Says Ban
[UN News]Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that by continuing to scale up the global fight against Ebola, there is hope the outbreak could be contained by mid-2015, but he emphasized that results to date are still uneven, and announced that the Organization's top health officials will head to Mali, where the situation is still a cause of "deep concern."

2014-11-24 Ebola Crisis Update
[MSF]Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 5,420 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. One person in Spain and three people in the USA have recovered; one person in the USA has died. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

2014-11-24 'Avoid Stigmatising Africa,' Musician Says As W. Africa Ebola Song Launched
[Thomson Reuters Foundation]Dakar -Some of Africa's top musicians launched on Monday an alternative Ebola appeal song to Band Aid's new recording of "Do they know it's Christmas' with proceeds also going to fight the virus that has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa this year.

2014-11-24 West Africa's Local Medical Community to Lead Ebola Fight
[FrontPageAfrica]Dakar -As the Ebola epidemic continues to wage thousands of deaths across West Africa and clinical trials are underway, a consortium of local West African leaders with scientific expertise are meeting in Dakar, on November 21 and 22, to assess the current state of Ebola treatment efforts and provide clear recommendations on ways forward, particularly for the three most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

2014-11-25 Senior Representative of the Chinese Government for Combating Ebola in Africa Arrive
[Focac]On Nov.15, 2014, Senior Representative of the Chinese Government for Combating Ebola in Africa, Dr. Xu Shuqiang arrived in Sierra Leone, and was greeted at the airport by H.E. Mr. Zhao Yanbo, Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone.

2014-11-24 Statement by Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group Following the United Nations' Chief Executives Board Meeting on Ebola
[World Bank]World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim issued the following statement after the United Nations' Chief Executive Board Meeting on Ebola:

2014-11-24 Focus on Private Sector: A Rapid Strike Force for Aid
[SciDev.Net]The UN has received more than US$2 billion in aid commitments to fight Ebola. While that figure is double what UNOCHA (the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) requested as part of the inter-agency response plan, The Guardian recently produced an automatically updating interactive graphic showing (at the time of writing) that only about 62 per cent of commitments have been paid so far. [1]

2014-11-24 NHS Volunteers Deployed to Fight Ebola in Sierra Leone
[Gov.UK]More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone to join Britain's fight against Ebola.

2014-11-24 Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo Launches Anti-Ebola Public Health Training Programme
[Focac]On 13 November, 2014, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo launched the anti-Ebola public health training programme at the National Library of Sierra Leone. Ms. Madina Rahman, Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation, Mr. Franklyn Gibson, Mayor of Freetown and Mr. Liang Xiaofeng, Deputy Director General of China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attended the ceremony.

2014-11-24 Senior Representative of the Chinese Government for Combating Ebola in Africa Arrived in Sierra Leone
[Focac]On Nov.15, 2014, Senior Representative of the Chinese Government for Combating Ebola in Africa, Dr. Xu Shuqiang arrived in Sierra Leone, and was greeted at the airport by H.E. Mr. Zhao Yanbo, Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone.

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