The toll women dying in childbirth in Sierra Leone takes can be seen outside a small house in Mattru in the rural Bonthe District. A traditional “baf(...)

Health workers fumigate in an attempt to eradicate the mosquito which transmits the Zika virus on Thursday in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Zika was first confirmed in Brazil – a country of 200 million – last May, and it spread like wildfire Photograph:  Mario Tama/Getty Images

The World Health Organisation has warned that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as four million people could (...)

Fr Raphael Annan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Raphael Annan: arrived from Ghana, 2014 When Fr Raphael Annan first mentioned to his father that he wanted to enter the seminary, he was told he(...)

 Ebola was survived by 28,000 people but many still have medical complications and are socially ostracised. Photograph: Tara Todras-Whitehill/The New York Times

On Thursday the World Health Organisation declared that the deadliest of Ebola outbreaks was over in west Africa. No new cases have emerged in Liberi(...)

Rick Brennan, WHO director of emergency risk assessment and humanitarian response, speaks during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations on Thursday. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP

The World Health Organisation has declared the end of the Ebola endemic in west Africa, with all known chains of transmission of the virus stopped. T(...)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  staff wearing protective clothing treating the body of an Ebola victim at their facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, in August 2014. The epidemic killed more than 11,300 people out of 28,600 cases. Photograph: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organisation has announced an end to the latest flare-up of the Ebola virus in Liberia, a milestone that marks the first time since t(...)

Edwin Poots: His remarks on Arlene Foster would not have gone down well in Sierra Leone. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

If Edwin Poots had said in the parliament of Sierra Leone what he said at Stormont on Monday, somebody, quite likely Isatu Kabia, would have bitten hi(...)

Reforming the WHO

The extent of the Ebola epidemic that took hold in west Africa in 2014 was made worse by failings on the part of the World Health Organisation (WHO). (...)

Medical workers present Noubia (centre), the last known patient to contract Ebola in Guinea, during her release from a Doctors Without Borders treatment center in Conakry on November 28th, 2015. The 34-day-old baby, officially declared treated on November 16th, was presented by personal from the treatment center, with applause, during an emotional ceremony, in the presence of her family. Photograph: Getty

Guinea was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only (...)

A school worker takes the temperature of a boy before school starts in Paynesville, Liberia. Photograph: James Giahyue/Reuters

A teenage boy has died of Ebola in Liberia, the first fatality since July in one of the three West African countries hit hardest by the worst-ever out(...)