A selection of positive news from around the world this week.
Testing for Ebola in 15 mins
D etecting the Ebola virus in a blood sample normally takes a full day and requires access to a specialised lab. Currently quicker tests are not sufficiently accurate but scientists are rectifying this using specialised proteins which they hope will reveal whether or not a person has the virus in under 15 minutes.
Malaysian aid for Rohingyas arrives in Bangladesh
A Malaysian aid ship has arrived in Bangladesh carrying more than 2,000 tonnes of food and emergency supplies for over 250,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled their native Myanmar after reported abuses by the security forces. The aid will provide relief in camps where nutrition and sanitation are poor.
Nigeria’s new whistle-blowing policy brings a windfall
In a bid to counter widespread corruption, Nigeria’s finance minister recently announced that the country would allow citizens who report corruption to gain a cut of the recovered plunder. It appears to be working: the policy has already netted over $180 million.
Colombia aims to be landmine free by 2020
After last year’s landmark peace accord between the government and the FARC rebels, Colombia has announced its intention to rid the country of landmines by 2021. After Afghanistan, Colombia has suffered the highest number of landmine casualties in the world, with more than 11,500 people killed or injured by the devices since 1990.
DRC declares yellow fever outbreak over
The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared the end of one of the “largest and most challenging yellow fever outbreaks in recent years”, according to the World Health Organisation. It follows a similar announcement in Angola in December, marking the end of an outbreak that caused 965 confirmed cases of yellow fever across both countries.