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Ebola Cases Down, Hope on Horizon for West African Communities

For a time, headlines on the Ebola epidemic beleaguering the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were entirely grim. But those reading the New York Times this past weekend saw in front-page news that the tables have turned--Ebola is finally ebbing. 

Ebola Crisis: A Family Tale of Tragedy and Perseverance

Since the Ebola outbreak struck West Africa, the health ministries of the three most affected countries—Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea—have strongly discouraged people from participating in funeral rituals, as they involve significant risks associated with the transmission of bodily fluids released from the deceased. Unfortunately, many are finding it difficult to let go of this part of the grieving process, and thus are not heeding the request.

Ebola Leads to Food Shortages in West Africa

The international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger USA warns the Ebola emergency has left a shortage of manpower for food production and a spike in food costs for the three main countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak... Andrea Tamburini, CEO of Action Against Hunger USA, added that the first phase in tackling the problem is to contain the Ebola virus.

Ebola outbreak: Famine approaches – bringing a fresh nightmare to West Africa

Ebola, the virus that has ravaged Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea at an unprecedented rate, continues its devastating spread… And in the absence of a mass-produced vaccine, its treatment - enforced isolation, mass quarantines - now threatens to bring a new crisis: starvation...

Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis

The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months...

Understanding rainy seasons, malnutrition, & community health in Sierra Leone

In June, as part of a two-year study into state capacity and malnutrition, colleagues and I spent some time in northern Sierra Leone...We found that while the risk of a child becoming malnourished may be perennial, it appears to spike during certain periods of the year...The following graph, taken from a report by the international NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF), shows how the number of kids admitted to one particular th

West Africa: Cholera - Lessons Learned

"The cholera epidemic that struck Guinea and Sierra Leone in 2012 is winding down. What to do now? Start preparing - for cholera. That’s part of the message from donors, aid workers and health officials after the most serious cholera outbreak in years that infected some 30,000 people and killed 400 others in the two countries - mostly in Sierra Leone.

West Africa desperate for cleaner toilets to save slums from cholera

"When aid agencies approached the African Development Bank last year for cholera prevention support in the Central African Republic, the response was: "When you report a cholera case, we'll give you the money." In Guinea, just a few aid agencies – Action Against Hunger and Unicef – work on cholera prevention with the government, while one – Médecins sans Frontièrs – is doing the bulk of the treatment and transmission containment...

WEST AFRICA: Cleaner toilets to save slums from cholera

"Aid agencies are scrambling to treat thousands of cholera patients in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, where the number of infections is mounting by over 250 per day. Most patients are from the city’s various urban slums, where open defecation is rife, toilets are rare, sewage is improperly disposed of, and awareness of cholera is very low.

Feeding Hunger & Insecurity: The Global Food Price Crisis

Action Against Hunger | ACF International’s latest Hunger Watch briefing paper, this publication surveys households in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Central African Republic in the wake of the global food crisis and finds that inflated food prices may not have an immediate impact on acute malnutrition at the national level, but that they have a significant and consistent impact on livelihood


About Action Against Hunger | ACF International

Action Against Hunger is internationally recognized as a leader in the fight against global malnutrition. Action Against Hunger works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger. With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, Action Against Hunger runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting 5 million people each year.

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