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U.K. Commits Military Personnel, Resources To Ebola Response In Sierra Leone

News outlets report on a pledge from the U.K. to send military personnel and other resources to Sierra Leone to help contain Ebola. Agence France-Presse: Britain sends 750 military personnel to combat Ebola “Britain is sending 750 military personnel, a medical ship, and three helicopters to Sierra Leone to help…

Ebola Outbreak Could Contribute To Increase In Maternal, Child Mortality

IRIN: Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality “Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies…” (10/8).

Financial Times Examines Ebola’s Potential Economic Impact In West Africa

Financial Times: Ebola is one of several risks facing West Africa “…The predictions of economic losses [from Ebola] vary from apocalyptic billions of dollars in the worse-case scenario to only a few millions of dollars if the outbreak if stopped soon. … Regardless of the final toll, what is already…

U.S. Trains Health Care Workers To Respond To Ebola In West Africa

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Steps Up Training of Health Workers in Ebola Fight The newspaper describes “…a three-day course set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare medical workers to deploy to West Africa. … The CDC course is instructing 36 medical staff this week, and…

Gambian Summit Aims To Empower Youth To End FGM

The Guardian: Gambian youth come together for conference to tackle FGM “…Spearheaded by Gambian-born Jaha Dukureh, the face of a Guardian-backed campaign to combat FGM in the U.S., the youth summit has brought 100 Gambians between the ages of 17 and 25 together to teach campaigning and social media skills…

UNICEF, WHO Bolstering Efforts To Prevent Marburg Fever’s Spread In Uganda

Xinhua/GlobalPost: U.N. agencies beef up efforts to battle deadly Marburg fever “To avoid the rapid spread of deadly Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Uganda, U.N. agencies are beefing up the country’s efforts to fight the virulent disease that has so far left one person dead and over 109 others under close…

Better Antenatal Care Could Avoid Unnecessary Maternal Deaths In South Africa, Report Says

News outlets report on a recently released Amnesty International report on maternal health in South Africa. The Guardian: HIV stigma causing avoidable maternal deaths in South Africa, says Amnesty “Hundreds of pregnant women and girls are dying needlessly in South Africa, partly because of well-founded fears that their HIV status…

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