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Number Of Ebola Deaths Reaches 1,350 In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on new WHO estimates on the number of deaths recorded in the West African Ebola outbreak and ask researchers and aid workers about the potential for underestimating the case numbers. Associated Press: WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350 “The World Health Organization says the…

U.N. Coordinator On Ebola Begins West Africa Trip To Address Outbreak Response

News outlets report on David Nabarro, the U.N. system coordinator on Ebola, who is traveling to West Africa this week to address issues surrounding the outbreak. Agence France-Presse: U.N. Ebola czar visits West Africa after violent clashes “The U.N.’s new pointman on Ebola was due to arrive in West Africa…

Experts Sent To Investigate Reports Of Ebola-Like Illnesses In Northern DRC Province

News outlets report on several reports of Ebola-like illness in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Hill: Report: Potential signs of Ebola virus in Congo “The Democratic Republic of Congo is investigating potential evidence of the Ebola virus there, a sign that the deadly illness may have spread to a…

NPR Interviews MSF President About Ebola Outbreak, Response

NPR: Doctors Without Borders: What We Need To Contain Ebola “…In an interview on All Things Considered, MSF’s international president, Dr. Joanne Liu, tells NPR’s Audie Cornish that they opened a new Ebola care center in Monrovia, Liberia, this weekend. It was equipped with 120 beds, and ‘all the beds…

G20 Countries Account For ‘Lion’s Share’ Of NTDs, Expert Says

The Guardian: Wealthier countries home to ‘lion’s share’ of neglected tropical diseases “The international community needs to stop looking at neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) as a sub-Saharan African problem and realize that the G20 countries are now home to the ‘lion’s share’ of the dangerous, debilitating, yet low-profile illnesses, a…

Ethiopia Hosts Largest Number Of Refugees In Africa; U.N. Camp Conditions Inhumane, MSF Says

The Guardian reports on the refugee crisis due to conflict in South Sudan, including Ethiopia’s soaring refugee population and allegedly inhumane U.N. camp conditions. The Guardian: Ethiopia hosts largest number of refugees in Africa “Ethiopia has overtaken Kenya to become Africa’s largest refugee-hosting country after hundreds of thousands of South…

Ebola Response Must Incorporate Gender Lens

Foreign Policy: Why Are So Many Women Dying From Ebola? Lauren Wolfe, journalist and director of Women Under Siege “Sitting in her house in Massachusetts, [Martha Anker, a former statistician in communicable disease surveillance and response at the WHO,] had a gut feeling: that Ebola, as it had in the…

Commitment To Security Of Health Workers In Nigeria Needed To Deliver Necessary Care

Huffington Post: Health Care Workers Need Security in Northern Nigeria Toyin Ojora-Saraki, founder-president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “Access is already one of Africa’s biggest health care provision challenges, and the militant insurgency in the north of Nigeria is adding a layer of difficulty and hampering potential progress. … The…

U.N., U.S., African Development Bank Assist Nations Hit By Ebola

News outlets report on international efforts to assist West African nations affected by Ebola. Agence France-Presse: U.N. Ebola czar heads to West Africa “The U.N.’s new pointman on Ebola said Tuesday he will travel to West Africa this week to shore up health services in the four countries hit by…