Britain, France, Italy and Germany have agreed to join China in establishing an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China has already announced it will put up $50 billion in initial capital.It is too early to say what role this bank will play in helping underdeveloped countries modernize their nfrastructure. Negotiations among the principals on the bank’s structure and policies are expected to take place for at least a year. What will emerge cannot be predicted at this time.

Fundraiser for Fatu Kekula who saved her family from Ebola wearing garbage bags.

While we were all freaking out about catching Ebola a couple of months ago because a doctor went to a hipster bowling alley in Williamsburg, Fatu Kekula treated four of her infected family members in Liberia wearing protective gear she made herself.

Now there’s a fundraiser to send her to nursing school and I’m all about it.

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Remember this lovely lady that was able to successfully manage and treat ebola in her family? Her work should not be forgotten.

22 year old Fatu made headlines when she successfully nursed her father,mother and sister back to health from Ebola without getting infected. Her protective gear? Garbage bags.

"While in itself a miraculous feat, Ms. Kekula’s capacity and ability to attend to her relatives were a direct result of skills and experience gained over three years in training as a nursing student at Liberia’ Cuttington University, home to the  country’s largest Nursing school.

Due to the Ebola epidemic, Liberia has shut down its schools, Cuttington University included, until the outbreak is contained.

Please help  assist Ms. Kekula in achieving her dream of completing nursing school so she can continue to profoundly touch lives. Ms. Kekula has been accepted by this organization to be an IWILL candidate, a program that seeks to help individuals currently enrolled in school obtain the necessary funds to complete their education.

Fatu has been admitted by Emory School of Nursing to complete her nursing degree. Fatu is scheduled to start school at Emory in January, 2015 and thus, needs your help in making this dream become a reality. She needs our help”

IAM is a non-profit organization founded by Africans and their goal is to raise funds to provide financial support for African natives to pursue their educational ambitions. Its mission is currently focused on primary, secondary and university students.

Based on their website;  target fund-raising goal is $40,000 to support Ms. Kekula academic efforts in nursing over the next 2 terms.·

  • Tuition: $20,000
  • Living expenses: $10,000
  • Travel and Visa expenses: $10,000

All donated funds will go towards paying for Ms. Kekula’s nursing education and will be sent directly to the Emory University.

So far $40,000 has been raised and  $16,447 to go.  Help Africa’s future.


Last Known Ebola Patient in Liberia Is Discharged

Liberia’s last Ebola patient was discharged on Thursday after a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country and marking a milestone in West Africa’s battle against the disease.

Officials in Monrovia, the city where the raging epidemic littered the streets with bodies only five months ago, celebrated even as they warned that Liberia was at least weeks away from being officially declared free of Ebola. They also noted that the disease had flared up recently in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, the two other countries hardest hit by it.

“It was touching, it was pleasing,” Tolbert Nyenswah, the deputy health minister in charge of Liberia’s fight against Ebola, said in a telephone interview about the ceremony. “There was a lot of excitement because we feel that this is a victory.”

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Goats and Soda reporters reflect on the anniversary of the first confirmed case of Ebola. More stories on the blog. Photos from Kelly McEvers, Tommy Trenchard, Anders Kelto, and John W. Poole.

November 2014: Walking A Long Road

It was the week before Thanksgiving when we drove from Monrovia into rural Bong County, past the end of the cell service, to the place where a dirt road turned into a walking path. Down the path was an Ebola hot spot where there had been dozens of cases. We were going there with a handful of epidemiologists and doctors in search of one rumored case.

There was a woman who lived somewhere down the path, and local health officials suspected she had Ebola.

The walk took hours. At each village we came to, the epidemiologists asked about the woman. Keep walking, we were told. She lives farther down the path.

Walking, there was a lot of time to imagine what we’d find when we finally found her. What was the plan? What if she were too sick to walk out to the hospital? What if she had already died?

Finally, we arrived in the last village, her village. That, we were told, is her house. That is her room, behind that door. The men from the town stood in a tense circle in front of the house. She’s not here, they insisted. Ebola is not here. No one opened the door.

We stood there until the sun began to dip behind the trees. The consensus among the local health officials was that the woman was hiding nearby, but we had run out of time. It would be getting dark soon.

It felt like we had come all that way for nothing. Hiking out, one African Union epidemiologist, Mutaawe Lubogo, was unsurprised and undaunted. He pointed out we knew more than we had this morning, and the people of the villages we visited now had more information about Ebola.

"This is true epidemiology," said Lubogo. "You walk and walk, and tomorrow you do it again."

— Rebecca Hersher and Kelly McEvers

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One of the harsh truths about the Ebola virus is that it continues to pose a mortal threat even after it has claimed the life of its victim. This makes burying the dead a risky business in Liberia. To help curb the spread of the disease, the Liberian government in August ordered mandatory cremations, a decision that was deeply unpopular.

“Families in the West African country make annual pilgrimages to visit the graves of their deceased ancestors; when their bodies are incinerated and stored in large collective bins, this sacred rite is stripped,” writes Pulitzer Center grantee Brian Castner. “Liberian funerals involve washing the body, styling the hair, and dressing up the deceased. And the family members clean their own faces with the same water in which they washed their loved one. There are really few better ways to catch Ebola.”

The cremation order was rescinded earlier this year, and new safe burial procedures have been put into place. In this feature for Vice, Brian and photographer Cheryl Hatch document how the bereaved of Liberia bid farewell to their loved ones in the age of Ebola.

Photo of the Week: Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom talks to a student at the Jene Wonde Central School during his visit to Liberia. The school reopened this month after being closed since last June due to Ebola - Bloom visited to see the procedures that have been established to minimize the risk of Ebola’s spread. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0459/Jallanzo