Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called for a "Marshall Plan" for the Ebola-affected countries of West Africa. She was referring to the massive US aid programme for Europe launched after World War Two. Her comments came after Sierra Leone was immediately granted more than $80m (£52m) to help end the Ebola outbreak and recover from its effects.
New cases were plummeting. The president lifted travel restrictions, and schools were to reopen. A local politician announced on the radio that two 21-day incubation cycles had passed with no new infections in his Freetown neighborhood. The country, many health officials said, was “on the road to zero.” Then Ebola washed in from the sea.
The vice-president of Sierra Leone has put himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards died from Ebola. Samuel Sam-Sumana said he would stay out of contact with others for 21 days as a precaution.
Schools have been reopening in Guinea after a five-month closure because of the deadly Ebola outbreak. Correspondents said the atmosphere at schools was subdued and many pupils had not returned.
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The Government of Liberia has announced the re-opening of schools next month. It said preparatory works leading to the re-opening of schools will begin this month.
Medical experts seeking to stem the Ebola epidemic are sharply divided over whether most patients in West Africa should, or can, be given intravenous hydration, a therapy that is standard in developed countries. Some argue that more aggressive treatment with IV fluids is medically possible and a moral obligation. But others counsel caution, saying that pushing too hard would put overworked doctors and nurses in danger and that the treatment, could even kill.
The Western media circus has lapped up the Ebola epidemic and paraded it around as its newest act. It's everywhere you look - stories about "necessary" precautions, tales of children and even police cars under quarantine, fear that the disease has spread to other parts of the country. And it all has one singular focus: America and the West.
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Dr. Rita Kiki Edozie is Director of African American and African Studies (AAAS) in the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of International Relations and African Affairs at James Madison College of Public Affairs (JMC) at Michigan State University (MSU).
LiveStream Eye on Africa
A Learn-In and discussion on the roots and nature of conflict in Northern Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Centeral African Republic.
Learn about the various ways you can contribute to on-going efforts on the ground.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the African Studies Center at Michigan State University
African Studies Center Core Faculty member named Officer in the Order of Australia
EAST LANSING, Mich. —African Studies Center Core Faculty member and Michigan State University veterinary professor, Charles Mackenzie, has been appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for his work to improve the lives of millions of people with debilitating diseases and for his contributions toward eliminating these ailments in many parts of the world.
GYEC Hosts Empty Bowls Dinner, Shedding Light on Hunger Issues
On Wednesday, March 28 GYEC will host an Empty Bowls Dinner from 6 to8pm at teh Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823
African Studies Center Information Night,
January 26th, 7 PM