Jason Beaubien http://ripr.org en Ebola Shuts Down The Oldest Hospital In Liberia http://ripr.org/post/ebola-shuts-down-oldest-hospital-liberia Hospitals in Africa are almost always teeming with people. In addition to patients waiting for care, friends and relatives are usually gathered on the hospital grounds.<p>But in the Liberian capital Monrovia, Ebola has silenced <a href="http://www.sjcatholichospital.com/">St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital</a>. It is completely shut.<p>Samuel Bowman, 72, is the medical director of the facility. When we met today outside his living quarters at the back of the hospital compound, Bowman had just heard on the radio that Father Miguel Pajares, a Spanish priest who worked at St. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 38125 at http://ripr.org Ebola Shuts Down The Oldest Hospital In Liberia Ebola Closes The Doors Of One Of Liberia's Oldest Hospitals http://ripr.org/post/ebola-closes-doors-one-liberias-oldest-hospitals <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Ebola+Closes+The+Doors+Of+One+Of+Liberia%27s+Oldest+Hospitals&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A Spanish priest who was infected with Ebola in Liberia died today. He spent his final days at a hospital in Madrid, where he'd been evacuated for treatment. Father Miguel Pajares had been working at St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in the Liberian capital, Monrovia. Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 38133 at http://ripr.org Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains http://ripr.org/post/helping-children-despite-death-threats-vaccinator-explains When my translator and I arrive in a crowded, dusty neighborhood in Karachi, Fatima Noor is waiting in a full black burqa. But she pretends not to see us.<p>She turns down the alley and disappears. We follow her into a neighborhood, where the buildings are so close together that Noor's burqa brushes the walls.<p>Finally she slips into the entryway of a building, and with a sigh of relief, she pulls back her headscarf.<p>Noor is a 42-year-old mother of three. Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:22:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37683 at http://ripr.org Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains Sierra Leone Declares Quarantine, As Ebola Outbreak Worsens http://ripr.org/post/sierra-leone-declares-quarantine-ebola-outbreak-worsens <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Sierra+Leone+Declares+Quarantine%2C+As+Ebola+Outbreak+Worsens&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There's been a surge of new cases in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More than 120 people have fallen ill in just three days. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37582 at http://ripr.org The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan http://ripr.org/post/hidden-costs-fighting-polio-pakistan Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">hundred</a> cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.<p>Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:41:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37483 at http://ripr.org The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication http://ripr.org/post/taliban-pakistan-derails-world-polio-eradication Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.<p>"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.<p>"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."<p>Jaffar was shot four times: twice in her arm and twice in her chest. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37406 at http://ripr.org Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola http://ripr.org/post/rumor-patrol-no-snake-bag-did-not-cause-ebola "A lady had a snake in a bag. When somebody opened the bag, that made the lady die."<p>That's the beginning of a story that Temba Morris often hears about the origins of Ebola. Morris runs a government health clinic in a remote village near Sierra Leone's border with Guinea. According to the story, somebody else then looked inside the bag.<p>"And the one who opened the bag also died," is what Morris hears next. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:17:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37106 at http://ripr.org Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten http://ripr.org/post/ebola-deadly-virus-doctors-say-it-can-be-beat Saidu Kanneh was given a hero's welcome last week when he walked into a community meeting about Ebola in a tiny village of mud huts in the Kissi Kama region of Sierra Leone. Kanneh was diagnosed with Ebola early in July, was treated for 12 days in a Doctors Without Borders hospital and overcame the disease.<p>"God has made me as an example to survive and then get into the community to talk to my people," says Kanneh, who's about 40 years old and runs a health clinic near the border with Guinea and Liberia. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37078 at http://ripr.org Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients http://ripr.org/post/facility-sets-extreme-precautions-treat-ebola-patients Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Arun Rath. The worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded continues to spread in West Africa. And medical workers in Sierra Leone have responded by expanding an extraordinary field hospital. It opened less than a month ago, but it now has the largest Ebola isolation unit ever built, with 64 beds. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 37005 at http://ripr.org To Combat Ebola Outbreak, Health Officials Call For 'Drastic' Action http://ripr.org/post/combat-ebola-outbreak-health-officials-call-drastic-action Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The World Health Organization, today, wrapped up an emergency meeting in West Africa on how to stop the growing Ebola outbreak there. The outbreak is now the largest ever recorded. The group Doctors Without Borders described the situation as out of control, and the World Health Organization is saying there needs to be drastic action to contain it. NPR's Jason Beaubien has been following the Ebola outbreak and monitoring this meeting in Ghana. He joins me now here in the studio. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 36206 at http://ripr.org