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A facilitator from the charity Goal leads a training for community mobilisers who will help their areas create action plans focused on what to do if Ebola spreads across the border to Sierra Leone. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In a secondary school classroom in Mafaray town, about 10km from Sierra Leone’s border with Guinea, 12 men and women in matching white T-shirts sit b(...)

 Tourists board a boat on the coast of the Banana Islands. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

The small, wooden boat is named “We all live by God”. Get on board at the southern part of Sierra Leone’s Freetown peninsula, and it will take just 30(...)

People clean the grave of their loved one, a suspected Ebola victim in 2015, at the Disco Hill safe burial site in Margibi County, Liberia. Photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/ EPA

Guinea’s latest Ebola outbreak is believed to have been started by a survivor of the 2014-2016 outbreak, who transmitted it to a sex partner through s(...)

Timothé Mano in Fada N’Gourma, Burkina Faso. Photograph: Amanda Coakley

Outside his temporary lodgings in the city of Fada N’Gourma in eastern Burkina Faso, Timothé Mano proudly waves the blade that he alleges has ended th(...)

Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou with his French counterpart,  Emmanuel Macron, in Paris in 2019. Photograph: Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images

Niger’s president Mahamadou Issoufou has been awarded the $5 million (€4.2 million) Ibrahim African leadership prize in recognition of what the judgin(...)

An Ebola information and sanitation station. The disease has a much higher death rate than Covid-19, but unlike coronavirus it is not transmitted by asymptomatic carriers. Photograph: Getty Images

Three people have died of Ebola, and another five have tested positive for the virus in southeastern Guinea, the state health agency said, the first p(...)

  John Nkengasong: “If you add 400 million doses to the 270 million doses, I think we are beginning to make very good progress.” Photograph:  Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The African Union has secured an additional 400 million doses of coronavirus vaccines for its 54 member states, the Africa Centres for Disease Control(...)

Supporters of Ivory Coast’s president Alassane Ouattara celebrate his re-election in Abidjan on Tuesday. Photograph: Leo Correa/AP

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara has been re-elected to a third term in the world’s largest cocoa producer, claiming a landslide 94.27 per cent(...)

A Somali baby receives a polio vaccine in Mogadishu, Somalia, back in 2013:  Eradicating polio requires more than 90 per cent of children to be immunised. Photograph: Ben Curtis

Africa was declared free of wild polio on Tuesday, leaving Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the highl(...)

 Ivorian prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly: he   died following a cabinet meeting last week. Photograph:  EPA/Legnan Koula

Ivory Coast’s October presidential race has been thrown open by the sudden death last week of the prime minister, the chosen successor of the west Afr(...)

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