Mar 2, 2015

New phase of the Ebola battle

As the spread of Ebola slows, the Japan Social Development Fund, on the ground in Liberia, has announced the start of an effort to battle the psychological effects of the virus.

U.S., Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMapp

Mar 2, 2015

U.S., Liberia kick off trial of Ebola drug ZMapp

U.S. and Liberian researchers have started a clinical trial to test the safety and effectiveness of Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.’s Ebola drug ZMapp, an experimental treatment that has already been tried in a handful of Ebola patients, including two U.S. missionaries. The trial, a joint ...

Liberians rejoice as Ebola curfew is lifted

Feb 24, 2015

Liberians rejoice as Ebola curfew is lifted

It is the early hours of the morning and bars in the Liberian capital are packed as revellers drink, sing and rejoice their first night of freedom with the Ebola curfew lifted. For long, miserable months people have trudged home in the evenings under ...

Liberia leader urges help in post-Ebola phase

Feb 23, 2015

Liberia leader urges help in post-Ebola phase

Liberia’s leader on Sunday urged the United States and other countries to keep up their support to the West African nation as it recovers from the Ebola epidemic and refocuses attention on infrastructure projects that will better position it to tackle future outbreaks of ...

Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders

Feb 21, 2015

Liberia lifts Ebola curfew, re-opens borders

Liberia said Friday it was lifting nationwide curfews and re-opening borders following the retreat of the Ebola epidemic, which has killed thousands. Liberia and its neighbors Guinea and Sierra Leone have seen new infections drop to a tenth of the numbers that were reported ...

Feb 20, 2015

U.N. Ebola chief hails successes, warns of fatigue

The head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response on Thursday hailed Liberia’s success in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, but warned against complacency now that the number of cases has dropped. “What I’ve seen is that the level of ...

Liberia reopens dozens of schools as Ebola wanes

Feb 17, 2015

Liberia reopens dozens of schools as Ebola wanes

Thousands of Liberian children in pristine uniforms flocked back to school on Monday as classrooms opened their doors for the first time after a six-month hiatus designed to stem the spread of the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Dozens of schools reopened, in a ...

U.S. withdrawing troops fighting Ebola in West Africa

Feb 12, 2015

U.S. withdrawing troops fighting Ebola in West Africa

President Barack Obama said Wednesday U.S. military efforts to contain Ebola would give way to a civilian-led drive to “extinguish” the virus, as he ordered home American troops in West Africa. “We are shifting our focus from fighting the epidemic to now extinguishing it,” ...

Ebola-hit Liberia delays school reopening

Feb 2, 2015

Ebola-hit Liberia delays school reopening

Liberia’s education ministry said on Sunday it had postponed by two weeks the reopening of the country’s schools, which were closed six months ago to limit the spread of the Ebola virus. Classes had been set to resume on Monday, but the ministry said ...

Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia, government claims

Jan 24, 2015

Just five Ebola cases left in Liberia, government claims

Liberia, once the epicenter of West Africa’s deadly Ebola epidemic, has just five remaining confirmed cases of the disease, a senior health official said on Friday, highlighting the country’s success in halting new infections. The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than ...

U.S. doctor who beat Ebola heading back to Liberia

Jan 13, 2015

U.S. doctor who beat Ebola heading back to Liberia

A U.S. doctor who beat Ebola plans to return to Liberia, where he contracted the deadly virus, in order to help overworked colleagues in the missionary hospital where he has worked for years. Dr. Rick Sacra, 52, said Monday he won’t be working directly ...