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Ebola Epidemic Reveals Food System Vulnerabilities In West Africa; More Than 1M People Could Face Hunger By March, U.N. Warns

New York Times: Agencies Warn of Hunger in Ebola Zone “The Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa could double the number of people facing hunger in the three worst-affected countries to more than one million by March, two United Nations agencies warned Wednesday. In a joint announcement, the World Food Programme…

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WHO, Donor Nations Face Criticism From U.K. Parliamentary Committee For Slow Ebola Response

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Donors and WHO responded too slowly to West Africa Ebola outbreak: report “The World Health Organization (WHO) and the nations that fund it failed to respond quickly and effectively to the deadly West Africa Ebola outbreak despite repeated warnings by aid agencies, a U.K. parliamentary committee said…

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Sierra Leone’s Ebola Clinics Overflow As Efforts Ramp Up To Stop Disease; WHO Says Total Deaths Nearing 7K

Reuters: Ebola centers overflow as Sierra Leone steps up fight “Ebola centers in Sierra Leone overflowed on Wednesday as health workers combed the streets of the capital Freetown for patients, after the government launched a major operation to contain the epidemic in West Africa’s worst-hit country…” (Farge et al., 12/17).…

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Health Experts, Officials Discuss Lessons Learned From 2014 Ebola Outbreak

The Atlantic: Lessons From an Outbreak: How Ebola Shaped 2014 “This was the year of the biggest Ebola outbreak of all time. … I asked several experts — health care workers, journalists, and officials — what they’ve taken away from watching the Ebola outbreak unfold this year, and what lessons…

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Global Life Expectancy Up More Than 6 Years From 1990; Southern Africa Still Facing Declines Due To HIV/AIDS, Study Shows

News outlets report on a new study, led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and published in The Lancet, showing a global increase in life expectancy. Agence France-Presse: Global life expectancy rises: study “People around the world lived on average to a ripe old age of 71.5 in…

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Namibian Supreme Court Decision One Step In Continuing Efforts To Stop Forcible Sterlizations

Open Society Foundations: A Win for Victims of Forced Sterilization in Namibia Nyasha Chingore-Munazvo, a lawyer with the Sexual and Reproductive Rights Program of the Southern Africa Litigation Center, a grantee of the Open Society Foundations, discusses a Namibian Supreme Court decision that sided with three HIV-positive women who were…

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U.N.’s Ban Plans Visit To West Africa; Unlikely Agency Will Meet Year-End Ebola Targets

Agence France-Presse: U.N. chief to travel to Ebola-hit countries: U.N. sources “U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, U.N. officials said Tuesday…” (12/17). New York Times: U.N. Secretary General to Visit Ebola-Plagued Nations “…The trip,…

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Quickly Identifying, Isolating Ebola Cases Central To Stopping Epidemic, CDC Director Says

NPR: Endless Ebola Epidemic? That’s The ‘Risk We Face Now,’ CDC Says “…[CDC Director] Dr. Thomas Frieden is visiting West Africa this week to figure out how to reduce the time it takes to find new Ebola cases and isolate them. Otherwise, Ebola could become a permanent disease in West…

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Experts Call For Focus On Localized Ebola Outbreaks To Slow West African Epidemic

Devex: Battle against Ebola to go ‘mini, local’ — experts “…Fighting [Ebola] in West Africa now requires smaller but more medical teams in the countryside while stakeholders are increasingly thinking about how to address the long-term effects of the outbreak, according to sources who attended Friday a high-level meeting with…

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Britain To Intensify Ebola Response In Sierra Leone; No U.S. Military Support Needed, British Official Says

Reuters: No need for U.S. army help in Sierra Leone Ebola fight: Britain “Britain said on Tuesday it would not be seeking U.S. military assistance to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone where it expects to see ‘enormous change’ by the end of January following a surge in response measures. ……

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