The White House’s immigration policy targets people in the criminal justice system — whether or not they are convicted of crimes — and will likely most affect refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. Many of the members of African Communities Together are part of all of those groups.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is officially over, but thousands of survivors are still experiencing health problems, including blindness, musculoskeletal pain and, in some cases, have remnants of the Ebola virus in bodily fluids.
It was a rare political moment: the US Secretary of State paying a compliment to Cuba. But that’s what happened Friday when John Kerry commended Cuba's role in West Africa, where the island nation has sent more health workers than any other country — and plans to send even more in the coming weeks.
Scientists are warning West African villagers to stop hunting bush meat and to stay away from fruit bats as they circle in a possible animal source for the latest Ebola outbreak. The Ebola virus lives in fruit bats, scientists believe, and is threatening communities who are already facing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.
Hospitals in West Africa are preparing to receive patients infected with Lassa fever, but the ongoing Ebola outbreak means that’s no easy task. The virus, which emerges regularly, tends to spike in January and February and presents with symptoms very similarly to the Ebola virus.
Dr. Joia Mukherjee is part of a small team of Boston-area doctors heading to Liberia this week, hoping to lay the groundwork for an ambitious, multi-year project aimed at combating the Ebola outbreak. She says the reason the world has responded so slowly to the crisis is that Africans and poor people are not considered important.
President Obama has deployed 3,000 troops to combat Ebola in West Africa. That may seem like a stretch for a group of people who aren't medical experts, but the US military has a long history of stepping into humanitarian crises – and can add real value to aid efforts.
Dr. Adam Levine just returned from Liberia, where he spent more than a month helping to treat Ebola patients. Now that he's back and waiting to see if he's officially clear of the disease, he's feeling the same isolation many West Africans feel — and he says the panic in the US isn't helping anti-Ebola efforts.
Diseases that can move between animals and humans — called zoonotic diseases — make up a majority of infectious diseases that humans can get, scientists say. So it's no wonder that out-of-control logging in West Africa has likely aided the spread of Ebola.
"Africans are incredible linguists," says Lori Thicke, founder of Translators Without Borders, which enlists Africans to translate everything from medication instructions to election materials into some of Africa's 1,000+ languages.