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Leaked Draft WHO Document Faults ‘Nearly Everyone’ For Slow Ebola Response; Agency Will Not Comment Until Final Document Complete

News outlets report on a leaked internal draft WHO document that faults the agency’s and others’ response to the Ebola epidemic. Associated Press: Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa “Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small…

Liberian President Appeals To World To Step Up Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appeal to the international community to step up efforts to fight Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Liberian president asks ‘world’ to pitch in to fight Ebola “Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made an impassioned appeal to the world’s nations to…

Physician Reflects On Challenges Of Providing FP Services In West Africa

Intrahealth’s “Vital”: Family Planning Has Yet to Take Hold in West Africa — But Change Is Coming Boniface Sebikali, senior clinical training adviser at IntraHealth International, reflects on his experience as a physician and family planning/reproductive health trainer in West Africa to shed light on the challenges of providing family…

UNMEER To Ensure Coordinated Support For National Ebola Response Plans

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. to consult West African governments on coordinating global crisis response “…According to a press release from the Ghana-based U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), [Saturday’s] meeting produced an operational framework to ensure the wider U.N. system adopts a unified and coordinated approach to the…

E.U. Foreign Ministers Meet To Discuss Ebola, Seek 1B Euros For Fund

News outlets report on European nations’ efforts to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Associated Press: E.U. seeking to find 1 billion euro fund for Ebola “European Union nations are working to find one billion euros to help fight Ebola in West Africa and seeking a common approach in…

Canada Steps Up Contribution To Fight Ebola

News outlets report on Canada’s announcement on Friday that it will step up its contribution to fight Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Canada to double U.N. contribution to fight Ebola “Canada has promised to double its financial contribution to the United Nations’ fight against Ebola in West Africa, the country’s…

Blog Profiles USAID’s First Disaster Expert On Ground In West Africa

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Justin Pendarvis: “We have to demystify Ebola. It’s not a superhuman and magical thing.” Natalie Hawwa, a USAID press officer for the Disaster Assistance Response Team in Monrovia, Liberia, profiles Justin Pendarvis, one of the public health advisers at USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. According to…

Debate Continues Over Effectiveness Of Travel Bans Amid Ebola Epidemic

News outlets report on the debate over travel bans in light of the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: Halting Guinea flights over Ebola would be ‘nonsense’: France (10/19). Al Jazeera: Ebola fears spur more travel bans (10/17). Associated Press: Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned (Werner, 10/18). Associated Press: Obama: U.S.…