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Promoting health through the life course

Struggling after Ebola, Liberian girls miss school to work, sell sex

After Ebola, more girls in Liberia are missing out on school to help their families, while those in education are pressurised to have sex or pay bribes for grades or simply to be allowed to sit exams, a charity said. Street Child said the need to boost family income is making many drop out of school or preventing them from getting an education

May 15, 2017

Liberia investigates death of celebrated Ebola fighter amid stigma fears

The death from childbirth of a woman named Time Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2014, for her work in fighting Ebola in Liberia, is being investigated, after reports that ‘health workers were afraid to treat her,’ the country’s health ministry said

March 1, 2017
February 28, 2017
UPI, Scientific American
March 1, 2017
February 27, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Mystery illness in Liberia appears to be meningitis -minister

Four of the 13 patients who died from a mysterious illness in Liberia since April 23 have tested positive for Neisseria meningitides serogroup C, a bacterial form of meningitis, according to the U.S. CDC. Additional testing is ongoing to determine if the other deaths and 30 other illnesses are also due to this type of infection

May 9, 2017
May 8, 2017
Huffington Post, GNN Liberia, Science Mag

Two more die of strange disease in Liberia’s capital

The death toll from a strange disease that originated from Liberia’s south eastern county of Sinoe has risen to 13, following two more deaths in the country’s capital Monrovia, authorities have said. So far, 21 people are known to have contracted the disease. The health ministry said it has launched a search for all of the 60 people who attended a funeral in Greenville, as it is suspects the disease originated from there

May 2, 2017
News Ghana, Nigeria Today, Daily Observer
May 1, 2017
kplr11.com, GNN Liberia
May 2, 2017
Le Parisien, Boursarama, La Prensa
May 1, 2017
May 3, 2017
South China Morning Post

WHO says Liberia taking precautions after mystery deaths

Liberian health authorities are taking rapid precautionary steps after eight people died of a mystery illness, the World Health Organization said, 10-months after the end of the two year Ebola virus outbreak. Liberian authorities said initial scientific investigations rule out Ebola as the cause but specimens from the seven bodies have been sent to the national laboratory for testing with results later this week

April 26, 2017

WHO says Liberia taking precautions after mystery deaths

Nine infected people are undergoing treatment and there are fears the numbers may rise. The disease in Sinoe County has already killed 11 people and numbers are predicted to rise. Initial tests ruled out Ebola but the health ministry is considering sending blood samples abroad for testing. Those infected with the unknown disease show symptoms of severe stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and headaches. A link between these deaths appears to be that they all attended the funeral of a religious leader, so bodily contact, or infection by ingestion, might be the method by which the virus spreads

April 26, 2017
April 29, 2017
Front Page Africa
April 28, 2017
Guardian Nigeria
April 30, 2017
Geo TV
April 28, 2017
AllAfrica.com, Channel News Asia, Reuters, Pulse Nigeria, Guardian

Health systems

President Trump, Meet This 2-Year-Old

The New York Times’ Nick Kristof looks at the consequences of President Trump’s proposed cuts to international aid on a visit to Liberia where he meets a small child sick with malaria and who has suffered the consequences of counterfeit medicine firsthand. He also learns about the horrors of 14 year old girls attempting to self-abort and causing themselves untold damage as the price of healthcare and access to it, were beyond them

June 24, 2017
New York Times

Gender Minister Wants Women Take Leadership Role in Health System Management

Liberia’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell, says the untapped potential of women in health has undermined the contribution they could make to effective leadership for health systems strengthening globally. Speaking at the International Council of Nurses Program at the 2017 Congress and sharing experience on sustainable healthcare and empowering women under the theme, “Nurses at the Forefront Transforming Care” in Barcelona, Spain, Minister Cassell said women leaders in health require unique competencies to compete with their male counterparts

May 29, 2017
GNN Liberia

India’s dismal record in healthcare

New research by The Lancet shows India ranking at 154 out of 195 countries in terms of access to healthcare, which is worse than Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana and Liberia. Live Mint takes three comparative charts and shows how relative prosperity in India in many places counts for little if the government significantly underinvests in its own healthcare system

May 24, 2017
Live Mint

Communicable diseases

Liberia: UNAIDS, Chinese Television Giant Sign Agreement for HIV Awareness in Africa

Star Times, a Chinese digital television provider, and UNAIDS, have signed an agreement to increase awareness of HIV through its broadcast networks and to reduce the stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV throughout the African continent 

May 15, 2017
allafrica.com, Front Page Africa