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Shortage Of Sufficiently Trained Personnel Remains Challenge In Ebola-Hit West Africa

Devex: Training health workers yet another challenge in battling Ebola “While the World Health Organization declared this week that the Ebola epidemic has finally reached a ‘turning point,’ international organizations working on the ground are struggling to cope with staffing challenges, including how to train the best foreign and local…

Underused Ebola Clinics In West Africa Could Be Used For Future Outbreaks

Foreign Policy: An Empty, Underused Medical Outpost Could Be the Future of the Ebola Fight “…U.S.-built [Ebola] treatment centers are sitting mostly empty around [Liberia], prompting criticism that the large international response was too slow to be of any real use in the fight. The facilities could still be of…

Despite Improvements In Somalia’s Hunger Levels, 730K Face Acute Food Insecurity, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: Over 38,000 Somali children facing starvation: U.N. “Over 38,000 Somali children are at ‘high risk’ from dying from starvation despite hunger levels improving by almost a third across the war-torn nation, U.N. experts said Thursday…” (1/29). U.N. News Centre: U.N. forecasts ‘worrisome’ 2015 outlook on humanitarian front for…

Improved Education, Alternative Prevention Methods Can Reduce Malaria Bed Net Misuse

Huffington Post: Education, Follow-up Helps Prevent Bed Net Misuse Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications “Bed nets intended to prevent malaria are used in fishing communities in Zambia to fish for food, which is sold in the local market, according to a report in the New York…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has published Issue 259 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter features several news articles, including two pieces discussing services targeting the Roma population in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a commentary on…

Fewer Reported Ebola Cases In West Africa Signals Turning Point In Epidemic, But Disease Not Yet Contained, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns Ebola epidemic ‘not yet contained’ “The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected West African nations, U.N. Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday…” (Lebhour, 1/29). Agence France-Presse: World’s largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak…

A.U. Leaders To Discuss Ebola, Preparations For Future Disease Outbreaks

Agence France-Presse: African Union vows Ebola fund as Oxfam calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ “The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control center, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost health care systems on the continent…” (1/28). Devex:…

USAID’s DART Team Faced Logistical Challenges In Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Anatomy of a Logistics Operation: How USAID is Equipping Ebola Fighters on the Frontlines Carol Han, press officer for USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), discusses the logistical challenges and complex coordination DART members faced in responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/28).