Ebola death confirmed in Sierra Leone as end of outbreak nears

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Reports that a person in Sierra Leone has died from Ebola come just days after the discharge of what was said to be the last patient with Ebola in the country. The case was confirmed on Sunday after samples from the 67-year-old woman tested positive for…

Gay, lesbian and transgender Ugandans face violent backlash

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“My name is Mark Collins and I want the world to know we exist.” Speaking from a secret safe house in Uganda’s capital, Collins, a soft-spoken, 18-year-old is one of more than a dozen gay or transgender men who were forced into hiding after their photos…

Aid groups under attack in Yemen as specter of famine looms

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A violent attack on its office forced the International Committee of the Red Cross to suspend its activities in the Yemeni city of Aden. It is the latest pressure on humanitarian groups struggling to provide assistance in a country that may be on the brink of famine.…

Paul Allen Foundation supports new Ebola evacuation scheme

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Among the insights, many of them disturbing, that the world learned from the massive Ebola outbreak in West Africa is that it’s difficult to evacuate people who are sick with a highly deadly and infectious disease. Global companies that specialize in medical evacuations, as this 2014…

U.S. group helps women in Congo by getting out of the way

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By April Simpson special to Humanosphere International nongovernmental organization are often accused of failing to empower a local partner agency, choosing instead to retain power in the home base abroad. On top of that, they’re criticized for filling their ranks with foreigners when they could be far…

The heat is on to strike a climate change deal in Paris

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This year is shaping up to be the hottest year ever and July just set the record for the hottest month ever recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The findings come at a time when pressure is increasing on wealthy nations, especially the…

Visualizing the disturbing trend of aid workers under attack

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Data visualizations prepared by Mugdha Galande Humanitarian and aid workers are often attacked, either by criminals in poor community simply taking advantage of a situation to relieve Westerners of their possessions or as symbolic targets for groups or individuals who are hostile to foreigners – even…