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Liberia: We empowered communities against Ebola- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President, Liberia. Photo© Francis Kokoroko for The Africa ReportLiberia's president talks to The Africa Report about how changing policy during the crisis was key to eradicating the disease, the country's relationships with the US and the government's plans beyond ebola.

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Cyvette Gibson and Paynesville's anti-Ebola revolution

Cyvette Gibson, the activist mayor of Paynesville, a city of 400,000 people. Photo©Francis KokorokoThe crusading mayor and community leaders worked hand in hand to turn the tide against Ebola.

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The fightback against Ebola

At a cemetery in Congo Town relatives have painted the graves of their loved ones for Decoration Day. Photo© Francis Kokoroko for The Africa ReportA week before an unexpected last case, Liberia had first reached zero Ebola in early March, thanks to community activists, a nationwide information campaign and tens of thousands of volunteers working alongside government and foreign medical help. Now it's time to look at the lessons learnt.

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Ebola-stricken countries seek $6 bn in aid and debts cancellation

President Ernest Bai Koroma. Photo©ReutersThe Ebola-stricken nations of West Africa are asking international donors to cancel their debts and give them $5-6 billion over two years to rebuild their economies, devastated by the deadly disease, Sierra Leone's president said on Thursday.

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Ebola road to zero

Beatrice Yardolo, right, Liberia’s last Ebola patient, walks out of the Chinese Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia, Liberia, at the beginning of a short ceremony celebrating her survival and release from the ETU on March 5. Photo©UNMEER/Simon RufLiberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three most affected countries in the West African region, remain vigilant in their fight against the Ebola virus disease. Authorities in the three most affected countries are walking a "tightrope" trying to keep infections down while restore normal public life.

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Does logging help poor and developing countries?

Norway has recently signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Liberia to stop logging in order to protect the environment, but what will be the impact of such deals on the communities who rely on the industry for their livelihood?

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Africa: Still the dark continent beyond the pale?

The Ebola crisis evoked almost no international response – until Western doctors fell ill. Suddenly, experimental drugs appeared.

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Ebola: The contagion of fear and disease

Photo©ReutersThe world woke up to a new threat in 2014 in the shape of the Ebola virus, which tore through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Liberia: Iron ore miner Sable agrees $1.3bn export deal

File Photo©ReutersSable Mining agreed $1.3 billion deal to export iron ore via Liberia, Liberian authorities said, offering the London-listed firm the transport link it has so far lacked to exploit the site in Guinea where the ore is mined.

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The Ebola fear factor and wake-up call

Girls in Voinjama, Liberia, look at a poster that displays information on Ebola  Photo©UNICEF/Liberia/JallanzoDespite having being ranked second and sixth among the 10 top countries with the highest economic growth rates in the world in 2013, Sierra Leone and Liberia are among the world's poorest. The Ebola epidemic has exposed the weakness of healthcare systems that have been neglected in many African countries for so long.

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Lobbying in Africa: Nightmare on K street

In November, a small army of earnest-looking Americans and Britons clutching an array of mobile phones and tablets will invade Abuja, Nigeria's capital. They are the rockstars of political spin, and they will earn hundreds of thousands of dollars for their services over the next few months.

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Ebola, a catastrophe that must never happen again

David Nabarro, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola. Photo©UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeThe United Nations' first-ever public health mission, UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) was set up following the Ebola virus outbreak to deal with the pandemic. David Nabarro, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Ebola, discusses the UN's efforts to bring the virus under control.

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Business leaders in Africa pledge millions in Ebola fund

This first wave of pledges will go towards logistical support. Photo©ReutersBusiness leaders across Africa have committed more than $28.5 million to an initial emergency fund towards Africa's Ebola response in the three affected West African countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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Has the Ebola outbreak exposed West Africa's class divide?

The deadly impact of the ebola virus, which had killed more than 3,800 people by early october, has weakened the health systems of Guinea, liberia and sierra leone and hit rural areas the hardest.

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200 Ethiopian volunteers to join West Africa Ebola fight

Photo©ReutersIn response to an urgent appeal by the African Union for medical staff to avert West Africa's health crisis, Ethiopia has pledged to send 200 volunteer health workers to countries hit by the Ebola outbreak.

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Five inconvenient truths that Ebola reveals

The Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua is reported to have sent 4,000 bottles of his patented holy anointed water to Sierra LeoneWe must turn this Ebola crisis into an opportunity to answer some hard questions about our societies and our healthcare systems, writes Chikwe Ihekweazu, a Nigerian infectious disease epidemiologist.

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Liberia: Ebola threatens statehood success, post-civil war

WHO head, Margaret Chan said she has never seen an infectious disease contribute so strongly to potential state failure. Photo©ReutersAfter surviving two bouts of lengthy civil wars, Liberia may fail as a state under the Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

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Ebola: Dithering, then cash and action

Photo©DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFPThe sense of international crisis and impending doom caught up with the spread of the Ebola virus in mid-September.

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More cases of Ebola spreading in Europe "unavoidable", WHO says

More cases of the deadly Ebola virus will almost inevitably spread in Europe but the continent is well prepared to control the disease, the World Health Organisation's (WHO) regional director said on Tuesday.

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British funding dilemma for Ebola-hit Liberia and Sierra Leone

Health workers carry the body of an Ebola virus victim in Kenema, Sierra Leone, June 25, 2014. Photo©ReutersBritain plans to restore planned cuts in its aid budget to Sierra Leone and Liberia following the increased need for aid created by the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa.

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