West Africa

Ebola patients receiving treatment

Liberia re-opens borders

The outbreak of the virus has reduced.

Elections: ECOWAS visits Buhari, deploys 250 observers to Nigeria

ECOWAS says Nigeria’s elections are special.

An Ebola patient being attended to

Sierra Leone fails to account for Ebola funds — Report

A report indicates that bad governance might have hindered the battle against the epidemic.

After 25 years, former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, to face trial in Senegal for mass killing and torture

The judgement came after 22 years of campaign by victims of his brutality. His victims have welcomed the announcement of his prosecution with satisfaction.

Ebola Outbreak: Sierra Leone to reopen schools in March

Parents say the government should have waited until the country is Ebola free.

ECOWAS Parliament to get enhanced legislative powers in 2016

The Extraordinary Session of the parliament will end on February 7.

Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantine measures amid progress

There are indications that there is a sharp drop in transmission.

First Ebola centre for pregnant women opens in Freetown

Sierra Leone has recorded over 3,000 deaths from the virus.

Former President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

Gambia radio station censored, director harassed after foiled coup

“The arbitrary censorship of Taranga FM is the latest attempt to restrict independent voices in Gambia,” says Peter Nkanga, CPJ’s West Africa representative.

Gambia foils coup attempt

A military source says three plotters killed after presidential palace came under attack.

Former President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

Gambia arrests men accused of homosexual acts

The EU withdrew million of Euros of funding from Gambia for its anti homosexual stance.

Ebola slows in Sierra Leone as community records zero infection for weeks

Sierra Leone has recorded 8,356 cases of Ebola.

Gambia Approves Life Sentence for ‘Aggravated Homosexuality’

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say the new law threatens the LGBTI Community in the small West African country

An Ebola patient being attended to

Ebola: Chinese team arrives Liberia to man $41 million clinic

China, Africa’s biggest trade partner, had come under fire for the level of its response to the Ebola crisis.

ECOWAS heads of government agree on immediate elections in Burkina Faso

Lingering political crisis in Burkina Faso saw the resignation of the country’s former president and the dissolution of his government.

President Jonathan, other ECOWAS leaders head to Burkina Faso for crisis talks

President Goodluck Jonathan will travel to Ouagadougou tomorrow as a member of the three-man delegation of Heads of State and Government raised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to facilitate the rapid resolution of the current political crisis in Burkina Faso. Other members of the delegation of ECOWAS leaders are President Macky […]

An Ebola patient being attended to

NLC urges Nigerian Govt to help Ebola-hit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea

The devastation caused by Ebola to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the NLC says, is endangering Nigeria.

Nigerian soldiers in Liberia free of Ebola – Military

The Nigerian troops serving in Liberia have been quarantined for observation.

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West Africa may lose $32.6 bn if Ebola remains beyond December — World Bank

The World Bank is currently mobilizing $400 million emergency financing for worst affected countries.

Death toll on Ebola hits 3431

WHO projected that the number of cases and fatalities may rise in the three worse-hit West African countries, in spite of their efforts to contain the disease

Africa: What Africa is Contributing to Ebola Fight – Dlamini-Zuma

New York — During a High Level Meeting on Ebola at the United Nations on September 25, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called for a heightened response from the international community. “The world can and must stop Ebola – now,” he said. One of the participants was Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who leads the African Union […]

Ebola patients receiving treatment

Ebola: Cases could hit 1.4 million in 4 months- Report

A WHO report raises the possibility that the disease would not be stopped but would become endemic in West Africa.

Ebola: Use survivors’ blood to treat patients – WHO tells Nigeria, others

WHO says there is a real opportunity that a blood-derived product can be used and that it is one positive aspect of so many people being infected.

Nigerian journalist, six others win prestigious awards for reporting on water, sanitation, hygiene

Organisers say journalists are key partners for sanitation, hygiene and water sector professionals in their awareness raising, advocacy and behaviour change work

A Call for Appointment of ECOWAS Special Envoy on Ebola

Cross-border coordination and collaboration necessary to stem the spread of Ebola has been haphazard and chaotic.