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World Bank Pledges Additional $100M For Ebola HCWs In West Africa

Media sources report on a new World Bank pledge of an additional $100 million to help speed new health workers to West African nations affected by Ebola. Agence France-Presse: World Bank gives $100 mn for Ebola health workers in W. Africa “The World Bank said Thursday it was immediately providing…

Ebola Epidemic Forcing WFP To Operate Beyond Core Mission, Official Says

The Guardian: Scale of Ebola epidemic in Guinea forces WFP into uncharted territory “…Elisabeth Faure, WFP’s Guinea director, said the scale of the [Ebola] epidemic was forcing the organization to operate far beyond its core emergency mission of getting $25m (£15.5m) of food to at least 353,000 people. As well…

Ebola To Worsen Economies Of West African Nations, Experts Fear

News outlets report on the economic damage expected to occur in West Africa as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Reuters: IMF sees large financing needs next year for Ebola-hit countries “The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the…

Liberia’s Minister Of Gender, Development Discusses Impact Of Ebola On Women

Ebola Deeply: Ebola and Women: Julia Duncan-Cassell, Liberia’s Minister of Gender “In Liberia, women — the primary caregivers at home and in health centers — have been hit particularly hard by the Ebola outbreak. Liberia’s Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan-Cassell, spoke to Ebola Deeply about how women are…

Ebola Conditions Improve In Liberia, Set To Worsen In Sierra Leone, Experts Say

News outlets report on the situations in Liberia, where progress is being made against Ebola, and Sierra Leone, where officials are looking at emergency transport solutions and warning the conditions will worsen. Associated Press: Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia “Liberia is making some progress in containing the…

U.N.’s Ban Launches Global Campaign To End FGM

News outlets report on the launch of a U.N. campaign to end female genital mutilation. Agence France-Presse: U.N. chief launches campaign to end female genital mutilation “U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon launched Thursday a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors…

Cardiovascular Disease Top Health Challenge In Africa, But Funding Reflects Different Narrative

The Atlantic: Africa’s Top Health Challenge: Cardiovascular Disease “…[W]hile donors have poured resources into fighting infectious diseases, non-communicable, chronic diseases have quietly but rapidly ascended the morbidity and mortality ladders, especially high blood pressure, or hypertension. Today, cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa in adults…

Nigeria Stopped Ebola But Faces ‘Larger Health Crisis’ Of TB

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Can Nigeria’s Success on Ebola Translate to TB? Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, and David Bryden, TB advocacy officer at RESULTS, discuss whether Nigeria’s tuberculosis response can be as effective as its response to a…