Sierra Leone has made significant progress in the fight against ebola and is grappling with economic recovery.
Although Sierra Leone is not yet officially ebola-free, there are significant improvements. Economic recovery discussions have also started. Care needs to be taken to ensure broader societal benefit.
A health worker injects a woman with an Ebola vaccine during a trial in Monrovia, February 2 2015.
Was the Ebola vaccine 100% effective, or 100% lucky? The good money is on a percentage somewhere in between, but in truth, we will never know.
These little-loved microbes may be coming in from the cold.
We don't trust bacteria and we don't trust GM, so putting them together might be controversial. That's exactly what we're doing, though.
Increasing human-wildlife interactions pose threats not only to public health, but also to conservation, and well-being.
Public health is not the only way to manage epidemic outbreaks like the Ebola virus.
South Africa needs to ensure that it is equipped to deal with bioterrorism attacks and possible laboratory outbreaks.
In the science world, laboratories are essential but safety precautions should be taken to prevent any incidents like the Ebola outbreak or biochemical attacks.
Ben Affleck championed the piece of legislation requiring companies reporting to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose their use of ‘conflict minerals’ originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Celebrities help make causes known to larger audiences and can be effective in obtaining pledges from policymakers. Yet their simplified advocacy messages can lead to ineffective or harmful policies.
The new fingerprint test can detect Ebola in minutes.
A new fingerprick test given at the patient's bedside predicts Ebola infection within minutes.
Vaccinations for children and other health services were suspended during the Ebola epidemic.
Ebola has been blamed for a surge in untreated malaria cases in west Africa that could have led to an excess numbers of deaths from malaria, greater than the total caused by the Ebola virus.
Healing the mind.
Minds as well as bodies will need to heal after the prolonged horror, fear and stress of Ebola.
Health workers rest outside a quarantine zone at a Red Cross facility in eastern Sierra Leone in this file picture from December last year.
African health leaders do not often get the chance to tell the stories of their public health achievements and challenges.
Two women walk in front of a billboard, which says “Ebola must go. Stopping Ebola is Everybody’s Business” in Monrovia, Liberia, January 15 2015.
Along with better strategies to respond to outbreaks in human populations, we need a stronger focus on surveillance in animals to identify infectious diseases before they pose a risk to human health.
Unlocking the sequence.
The compact system that can cut the process of sequencing the Ebola virus from weeks to days.
Celebrations as Liberia is declared Ebola free.
The last century has given us much to draw on when it comes to dealing with pandemics.
Nigeria managed to stem the spread of ebola in Lagos, a densely populated city of 21 million people.
The fast thinking Nigerian government used a tried and tested tracking system and pooled expertise to contain the ebola virus in three months.
Immunisation like this in East Africa have stalled in Ebola-hit countries in West Africa.
Immunisation programmes have taken a back seat because of Ebola and it leaves countries vulnerable to other outbreaks.
Viral mutation, or ‘genetic drift’, could impact the viability of some drugs being developed to combat Ebola.
Scientists around the world are trying to develop effective treatments for Ebola infection. But a process of viral mutation, known as "genetic drift", could potentially compromise their efforts.
A minute silence at the WHO. But vital time was lost at the start.
Salvatore di Nolfi
Response to the Ebola outbreak was slow but there are things we can take from it.
A show of force. Will China assert itself?
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The price of growth? Ebola management in Guinea.
European Commission DG ECHO
If ever we wanted a reminder of how global capitalism has got things wrong, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves the purpose well. Our assumption that economic growth is essential is not only a feature…
Under the microscope.
The world has been keeping a very close eye on the Ebola virus for nearly a year now following the extraordinarily large outbreak seen in Western Africa, which has so far killed more than 8,000 people…