In case you’re looking to do some leisurely reading material to pass the extra time this long weekend, here are a few articles that our team has been scrolling through this week!

New Ebola Cases Recorded in Guinea and Sierra Leone
Despite international efforts to end the spread of Ebola, over 35 new cases across Guinea and Sierra Leone have been reported just last week. The World Health Organization will be setting up a $100 million dollar (~£65 million) contingency fund to help curtail the effects of the deadly virus which has claimed the lives of 11,000 victims to date. To recall, Bread and Water for Africa UK stepped out of our usual partnership and community development role and was able to provide nearly £40,000 to support emergency food provisions for districts affected by the Ebola quarantine.

How WHO revised its self-criticism over Ebola handling
It’s no secret that the international community has been heavily criticised over its delayed and inadequate response to the initial Ebola outbreak. But is the international community picking up any lessons? According to this article….”not yet?” Read how the World Health Organisation “toned down” its self-criticism in its report on the handling of Ebola.

UN rights chief urges Burundi’s politicians to pick right path at ‘critical moment’ in country’s history
A great article outlining some of the context of the current conflict surrounding the current President, Pierre Nkurunziza’s, bid for a third term. Burundi has proved to be one of the more promising post-conflict stories from Africa in the past couple of decades, and the international community is gathering to dissuade a third term in order to preserve the relative peace of the country and any gains made since the civil war. The three schools that our field partners at CAPE help to support are still operational and we maintain close coordination ahead of the June 26th elections.

Get Happy, Get Rich: The Relationship between Depression and Poverty
It can be easy to assume that the best way to help impoverished African communities is to treat basic physical needs (food, water, shelter, etc) and consider depression a secondary concern or “First World” problem. This article does a great job of showing how psychologically damaging depression can be while also demonstrating the negative economic impact of depression. If you’d like to double up on your mental health reading this weekend, check out our article about our field partners’ work to provide accessible mental healthcare to the people of Kenya.

Wikipedia White Noise
If you do find yourself having to get a bit of work done this weekend, this cool new ambience tool may be the focusing background music you need in order to wrap things up quickly and get back to enjoying the long weekend!