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Ebola Case Numbers Rise In Guinea, Sierra Leone; Liberia Records No New Cases, WHO Says

Reuters: More Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone last week, no Liberia cases: WHO “Guinea and Sierra Leone reported 132 new confirmed cases of Ebola in the week to March 1, an increase of 34 over the previous week, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Liberia did not report any…

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Liberia Releases Last Known Ebola Patient From Hospital

Associated Press: Last Ebola patient is released in Liberia “Liberia released its last Ebola patient, a 58-year old teacher, from a treatment center on Thursday, beginning its countdown to being declared Ebola free…” (Paye-Layleh, 3/5). The Guardian: Liberia almost clear of Ebola after last patient is discharged from care “…The…

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Ebola Vaccine Trial Using Ring Strategy To Launch In Guinea; Researchers Learn From Ebola Doctor Vaccinated After Needlestick Injury

CIDRAP News: Ebola ring vaccination trial set for Guinea launch “The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that a phase 3 trial of a Canadian-developed Ebola vaccine will launch this week in Guinea, with a ring vaccination strategy designed to test if vaccines might be useful for stamping out hot…

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Ebola Epidemic Negatively Affecting Maternal Health Care In West Africa

Nature: Maternal health: Ebola’s lasting legacy “…Ebola is having tremendous knock-on effects for maternal health in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Pregnancy seems to make women uniquely vulnerable to the effects of the disease, and babies born to infected women have not been known to survive. … [T]hroughout the region,…

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The Lancet Examines Efforts To End FGM

The Lancet: Working towards an end to FGM “In practicing communities, female genital mutilation (FGM) is a social norm — a public declaration of social acceptability that families believe makes their daughters pure, clean, and prepared for marriage. … The practice is enforced by communities in which cultural and religious…

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‘Global Fund News Flash’ Special Edition Highlights International Women’s Day

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash A special edition of the Global Fund News Flash highlights International Women’s Day with articles focusing on global health efforts for women and girls and the link between health and education (3/6).

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Efforts To End Ebola Epidemic, Build Health Systems In West Africa

Devex: The hidden weapon in the fight against Ebola Nigel Chapman, chief executive officer of Plan International “…[E]nlisting ‘secret societies’ and changing their attitudes is one of the key weapons to help put an end to this outbreak. … Winning the fight against Ebola is both a short-term and a…

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Ebola-Affected West African Nations Call For Marshall Plan-Type Recovery Program At Brussels Meeting

Agence France-Presse: African leaders urge Ebola ‘Marshall Plan’ “Leaders of the West African countries worst hit by Ebola urged the world on Tuesday to back a ‘Marshall Plan’ to help them stamp out the disease and rebuild their shattered economies. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai…

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More Than 12,000 Children Orphaned, Left Vulnerable By Ebola Epidemic In Sierra Leone, Report Shows

The Guardian: Ebola ‘leaves 12,000 orphans in Sierra Leone’ “The devastating impact of the Ebola crisis was laid bare this week with a report showing more than 12,000 children have been orphaned by the disease in Sierra Leone. They have been identified in the first national survey of orphans, which…

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FAO Emergency Funding Appeal Focuses On Somalia, Syria, African Sahel Nations

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Somalia top priority in U.N. agriculture organization funding appeal “The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an emergency appeal for $697 million to help 30 million people in 31 crisis-hit countries, a senior official with the U.N. agency said on Tuesday. Somalia, Syria, and countries in…

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