UN and Africa: focus on Ebola, Libya and Somali economy

Sierra Leone is down to its last chain of Ebola virus transmission. Photo: UNICEF

Strong community involvement prevented Ebola cases in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is down to its last chain of Ebola virus transmission, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Monday. The UN health agency said for the first time the country has not had any new cases of the disease since the outbreak began more than a year ago. Dr Margaret Harris is WHO Spokesperson on Ebola who is based in the capital, Freetown. She tells Dianne Penn that strong community involvement has been behind this accomplishment.

Rupert Colville. UN File Photo

 

Concern mounts over militants claiming allegiance to ISIL in Libya

The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed concern over recent events in a coastal city in Libya involving militants claiming allegiance to ISIL. Fighting erupted in Sirte after a local iman known for his vocal opposition to ISIL, was killed on 10 August while apparently resisting abduction by the terrorist group. The district was reportedly shelled by ISIL forces during the fighting, killing several civilians. Maria Carlino spoke with OHCHR spokesman Rupert Colville about the incidents.

Livestock is one of the main drivers of Somalia's economic growth. File Photo: AU-UN IST/Stuart Price 

 

Somali economy "growing rapidly" 

Somalia's economy is on track to grow 2.7 per cent in 2015, according to the first review of the nation's economic well-being in 26 years. The recent review by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) describes the progress the Horn of Africa country has made towards rebuilding its institutions and restoring normalcy after more than two decades of civil war and recurrent droughts. Widespread poverty, gender disparities and low life expectancy, however, remain challenges. The IMF's chief of mission in Somalia, Rogerio Zandamela, has been speaking to Priscilla Lecomte. 

Presenter: Samuel Kamau
Production Assistant: Ana Carmo
Duration: 10’00″

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