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The public in Sierra Leone was proactive in reporting suspected Ebola cases. Reuters/Luc Gnago

Ebola virus response: experiences and lessons from Sierra Leone

The power to overcoming Ebola was in public awareness by performing simple yet basic infection prevention and control measures like washing hands, isolation and reporting suspected cases.
The IMF was blamed after the 2014 Ebola crisis for contributing to the failure of West African health systems to develop. Reuters/Baz Ratner

How years of IMF prescriptions have hurt West African health systems

West African health systems were weak before the IMF got involved. Sadly, the policy reforms demanded by the IMF in exchange for loans have undermined governments' ability to repair these problems.
A disempowering judgment by the Special Court for Sierra Leone should not blind us to how local activists still made use of its symbolic power. Steve Evans/flickr

Creativity and resilience: how do war survivors make international justice work for them?

How are we to understand why people in different parts of the world continue to demand and participate in transitional justice institutions and processes in spite of the shortcomings?
Policewomen lock hands during a protest march in Nigeria.Collaboration between police and communities is helping improve safety in parts of the country. Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde

What we can learn from communities in Nigeria on how to improve security

A new study shows an amazingly symbiotic relationship between the community and police in Nigeria: 70% of survey respondents claim that collaboration has brought safety to their communities.
Magazine Wharf: home to some of Freetown’s hardest-hit Ebola survivors. UK Department for International Development

Hospital life in Sierra Leone after Ebola

After the Ebola outbreak claimed the lives of thousands across West Africa – Tom Solomon returns to talk to those still working in the aftermath.
An excavator clears land for a palm oil plantation in southern Sierra Leone for a Lichtenstein-based a company. Such projects are criticised by some as ‘land grabs’. Reuters/Simon Akam

How a project with good aims delivered bitter outcomes in Sierra Leone

International development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund. Instead, their practices provide fertile ground for human rights abuses.
The aftermath of an Israeli air strike on Gaza’s Islamic University. Higher education systems often become casualties of war. EPA/Mohammed Saber

How to rebuild higher education in countries torn apart by war

Quality higher education is crucial for recovery, peace-building, economic development and stronger governance in post-conflict societies.
Nigeria managed to stem the spread of ebola in Lagos, a densely populated city of 21 million people. Reuters/Juda Ngwenya

How Nigeria beat the ebola virus in three months

The fast thinking Nigerian government used a tried and tested tracking system and pooled expertise to contain the ebola virus in three months.
Eradicating Ebola is worth every penny spent. Arie Kievit/EPA

This must be the year we beat Ebola in West Africa

The Ebola pandemic cutting a swathe through West Africa is thought to have begun in December 2013. A year later the WHO estimates more than 20,000 men, women and children have been infected with the virus…
Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital has past experience with Ebola-like diseases. Dave Campbell

Why Glasgow Ebola case is very unlikely to spread

It has been confirmed that a healthcare worker who has returned from Sierra Leone has contracted the Ebola virus and is being treated in a Glasgow hospital. The female patient tested positive for the virus…

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