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Mar 29, 2015

Hardline Mali rebel demands stall hopes for peace

DAKAR (Reuters) – Mediators in northern Mali’s conflict underestimated the radicalization of a new generation at the heart of a separatist movement, a misstep that left the peace process in tatters after rebels refused to sign a proposed deal.

Gambling on pushing through an agreement, Algerian mediators organized only a handful of face-to-face meetings between the government and the Tuareg-led insurgents, participants said; too few to overcome the mutual mistrust accumulated by four rebellions in the desert north since independence in 1960.

Mar 25, 2015

Guinea starts testing Merck vaccine in Ebola hotspots

CONAKRY/DAKAR (Reuters) – Guinea started testing an experimental Ebola vaccine from Merck and NewLink Genetics on affected communities this week, in a move officials hope will accelerate the end of an epidemic first detected a year ago.

But some worry about violent reactions from communities fearful about healthcare workers’ intentions in a country where resistance to the anti-Ebola campaign has been strongest.

Mar 23, 2015

A year after Ebola discovered, relapses seen in fight to end it

DAKAR, March 23 (Reuters) – Lapses that fuelled the Ebola
outbreak after it was first discovered a year ago are dogging
the final stages of the fight against the virus as fatigue and
complacency set in, delaying the end of the deadly epidemic.

Three doctors were discovered to be infected with Ebola at a
hospital in Guinea’s capital Conakry last week in what health
reports and government officials blamed on a failure to
implement basic measures for infection control.

Mar 17, 2015

Guinea Ebola cases rise, three doctors infected

CONAKRY/DAKAR (Reuters) – Guinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures.

The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than a year ago and has killed over 10,000 people in the three West African countries worst hit, had appeared to be on the wane, but Guinea has seen cases rise for three consecutive weeks, according to World Health Organization data.

Mar 13, 2015

Watch closely and explain frequently: Liberia’s Ebola lessons

MONROVIA/DAKAR (Reuters) – Seven months after Ebola paralysed Liberia’s capital, Friday marked 21 days since the country registered a case of the virus – offering lessons to its neighbors on the importance of surveillance and education in beating the deadly epidemic.

At the peak of Liberia’s outbreak, the world watched in alarm as patients died on the pavement outside hospitals in the capital Monrovia while the government failed to build treatment centers and recruit staff fast enough.

Mar 10, 2015

Africa’s oil “sweet spots” still viable after price rout

DAKAR, March 10 (Reuters) – African oil explorers will keep
drilling in select locations such as onshore east Africa and
less complex projects off the West African coast even with oil
at $60 a barrel, executives and analysts told Reuters.

But they warned that African governments with reserves in
less attractive locations should revise terms now or forfeit the
investment, leaving the oil and gas underground.

Mar 4, 2015

Tullow says oil exploration spend may double from 2016

DAKAR/ZURICH (Reuters) – Africa-focused Tullow Oil’s (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) exploration budget will never return to a peak target of $1 billion, although spending could double from current levels starting next year, its CEO told Reuters.

African drilling projects are among the most expensive in the world and many explorers are cutting spending, especially offshore, after the oil price rout.

Mar 2, 2015

Guinea says Ebola patients sent home after botched blood tests

DAKAR (Reuters) – Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea’s anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters.

Five health officials and experts familiar with the incidents said the mistakes occurred at two different treatment centres and resulted as many as 52 botched tests, exposing many others to the virus and revealing weaknesses in Guinea’s response to the crisis.

Mar 2, 2015

Exclusive: Guinea says Ebola patients sent home after botched blood tests

DAKAR (Reuters) – Health officials botched more than 20 Ebola blood tests in January and February which led to the release of at least four positive patients, two of whom later died, Guinea’s anti-Ebola coordinator and other health officials told Reuters.

Five health officials and experts familiar with the incidents said the mistakes occurred at two different treatment centers and resulted as many as 52 botched tests, exposing many others to the virus and revealing weaknesses in Guinea’s response to the crisis.

Feb 23, 2015

Ebola drug in Guinea helps some, stirs debate on broader use

DAKAR (Reuters) – A Japanese anti-Ebola drug being tested in Guinea should be made available across West Africa after initial trials showed it halved mortality rates in some patients, the medical charity administering it said.

Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), which ran the trials of favipiravir in Guinea, said mortality rates fell from 30 to 15 percent in patients with a low to moderate Ebola count but was not effective on those with a high level of the virus.