The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday announced the closing of one of its labs in Sierra Leone after a health care worker became infected with Ebola. At the same time, Canada announced they were recalling their three-member lab team.
Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone was part of a project that started 10 years ago to test for and treat Lassa Fever, a hemorrhagic disease like Ebola. Now it is being used to treat patients with Ebola, a disease that has hit the country hard.
Virologist Sheik Umar Khan, 39, has been hailed as a National Hero by Sierra Leone's Health Minister. After working so hard to control the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in his country, the doctor has now caught the disease.
This time, the Ebola virus outbreak is being classified as the worst outbreak ever, and people are scared. There is fear that the virus will spread all across West Africa unless cooperation is seen between countries and international help is forthcoming.
Dr. Godwin Eni is a retired academic, health service provider, manager and adviser who has worked in Canada and has helped in the governance of many cultural and non-profit organizations, and consulted in many countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
Kelvin Doe, 16, from the African country of Sierra Leone, has become the youngest person ever to be invited to MIT's "Visiting Practitioner's Program," after he invented batteries and a generator using materials picked from trash bins in his neighborhood.
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday for war crimes he committed by arming and supporting murderous rebels in Sierra Leone in exchange for "blood diamonds."
Nigerian-born Vancouver resident Dr. Godwin Eni is in Sierra Leone, West Africa, as a health consultant. This is his first visit and stay in that country where he arrived last December to help rehabilitate the health care system.
Most people love their hometown. But what if you lived in a regularly flooded slum? Residents of a poor area of Freetown, Sierra Leone suffer regular floods, and climate change is exacerbating their problems.
The children of recent immigrants from developing countries often find it easier to adjust or integrate into their new environment while their parents struggle with many of the day to day challenges they face.
A very significant event happened recently in New York and that was the lifting of an arms embargo and other sanctions imposed onthe tiny West African state of Sierra Leone in 1998 at the height of that country’s brutal civil war.
It’s not everyday that one gets to interview Professor Eustace Palmer, one of Africa’s intellectual heavyweights, academic giants and distinguished son of Sierra Leone, a small country in the west of Africa.
A Doctors without Borders (MSF) medical worker feeds a child suffering from Ebola at an MSF facility in Kailahun, eastern Sierra Leone on August 15, 2014
Carl De Souza, AFP
Sheik Umar Khan, the head doctor fighting an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease, one of a growing list of medical workers infected while battling to halt its spread across West Africa
This is the hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone, West Africa, where the Ebola virus samples are tested to see if someone has the virus or not. It was taken June 8, 2014.