Jason Beaubien http://kgou.org en Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication http://kgou.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 20:40:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 34304 at http://kgou.org Taliban In Pakistan Derail World Polio Eradication Rumor Patrol: No, A Snake In A Bag Did Not Cause Ebola http://kgou.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 33900 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 08:45:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 33863 at http://kgou.org Ebola Is A Deadly Virus — But Doctors Say It Can Be Beaten Facility Sets Up Extreme Precautions To Treat Ebola Patients http://kgou.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 14:14:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 33758 at http://kgou.org Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa http://kgou.org/post/ebola-wreaks-economic-woe-west-africa In eastern Sierra Leone, health officials have set up the world's largest treatment for the Ebola virus. It's getting new patients every day, in an outbreak that's killed over 600 people in West Africa. Businesses in the area are suffering, and people are finding it difficult to earn a living. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 33606 at http://kgou.org Ebola Wreaks Economic Woe In West Africa West African Villagers Fear Ebola Will Escape From The Grave http://kgou.org/post/west-african-villagers-fear-ebola-will-escape-grave Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is getting worse. The World Health Organization has announced scores of new cases and dozens of deaths from the disease this month. Since the outbreak began in February, more than 600 people have died. The mounting toll is presenting families and health authorities with a grim new problem - what to do with the bodies. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:24:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 33479 at http://kgou.org To Combat Ebola Outbreak, Health Officials Call For 'Drastic' Action http://kgou.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 32641 at http://kgou.org Second Surge Of Ebola Strikes West Africa http://kgou.org/post/second-surge-ebola-strikes-west-africa Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>An Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now the largest and most deadly outbreak of that virus ever recorded. The first cases were confirmed in Guinea in March. Health officials thought they had a handle on this. They did not. A rash of new cases popped up in neighboring Sierra Leone and Liberia. So we're going to talk about this with NPR's Jason Beaubien, who's been following the story. Hi, Jason.<p>JASON BEAUBIEN, BYLINE: Good morning.<p>INSKEEP: What's going on?<p>BEAUBIEN: Basically it looked like this outbreak was going to be like other outbreaks. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 32108 at http://kgou.org As Death Count Rises, Health Officials Work To Stem Ebola's Spread http://kgou.org/post/death-count-rises-health-officials-work-stem-ebolas-spread The World Health Organization is reporting that the Ebola virus has yet to be contained in West Africa. It's one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in decades — with over 500 cases, some 330 of which ended in death. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 31609 at http://kgou.org The World Cup Reminds Us That All The World's A Soccer Field http://kgou.org/post/world-cup-reminds-us-all-worlds-soccer-field The global reach of soccer never ceases to amaze me. I travel all over the world, sometimes to incredibly remote areas. More often than not, when I get there, somebody is kicking around a soccer ball.<p>It doesn't matter if it's Asia or Africa or Central America. Kids make a goal out of a couple of backpacks, throw out a ball and the game is on. The "ball" could be a knotted towel or a tennis ball or a tattered leather shell that's barely holding air.<p>The energy of the game is the same everywhere I go. Sun, 08 Jun 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 30905 at http://kgou.org The World Cup Reminds Us That All The World's A Soccer Field