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U.N.’s Ban Begins West Africa Visit, Urges Communities To Follow Health Regulations

Associated Press: U.N. chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. … Concern has grown…

11th Sierra Leonean Doctor Dies Of Ebola; HCWs Demand Better Care When Infected

Associated Press: Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies “One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said…” (Roy-Macaulay/Diallo, 12/18). Reuters: Sierra Leone’s leading doctor dies of Ebola “…His death brings…

Liberia’s Senate Elections To Be Held Saturday After Delays Because Of Ebola

New York Times: Liberia Will Proceed With Senate Vote Delayed by Ebola “Senate elections that were repeatedly delayed because of the Ebola epidemic and legal challenges, and further complicated by a presidential ban on large political gatherings in the capital, will finally be held in Liberia on Saturday. Whether they…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Impacts Of Ebola Epidemic

The Lancet: Ebola: protection of health care workers Editorial Board “…Prevention of Ebola in health-care workers is crucial to improve the health response to all causes of morbidity and mortality in affected countries” (12/27). The Lancet: Offline: Can Ebola be a route to nation-building? Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet…

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…

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…

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…