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WHO Convenes Meeting To Discuss Ebola Treatments

News outlets report on the WHO’s two-day meeting in Geneva to review possible drug treatments for Ebola. Agence France-Presse: World experts race to deploy experimental Ebola drugs “World health experts will meet in Geneva on Friday for the second day of urgent talks on fast-tracking experimental Ebola drugs as doctors…

Third American Infected With Ebola Transported To Nebraska For Treatment

News outlets report that the third American to be infected with Ebola was flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment. ABC News: Latest American Ebola Patient Headed to Nebraska Hospital for Treatment “The latest American doctor to be infected with Ebola in West Africa is on his way to the…

Nigeria Monitoring Hundreds Of Potential Ebola Patients In Second Cluster Of Cases

News outlets report on the developing situation in Nigeria, where Ebola cases continue to be detected. ABC News: Diplomat Who Fled Quarantine at Center of Second Ebola Cluster in Nigeria “…The first cluster [of Ebola] emerged in July, when an infected Liberian-American man named Patrick Sawyer flew into Lagos. Sawyer…

Global Health Experts Suggest Rethinking Of Health Emergency Funding

Devex: Should we rethink health emergency funding? “The Ebola outbreak has revealed serious resource mobilization problems at the world’s ‘go-to’ response agency, according to some global health experts. Tackling the disease in West Africa — where ill-equipped national health systems and lack of infrastructure has spurred the rampant spread of…

South Africa’s Mortality Rate Dropped In 2012; TB Remained Leading Cause Of Death

Bloomberg News: South African Death Rate Fell in 2012 as TB Stays Top Killer “South Africa’s mortality rate dropped six percent in 2012 as antiretroviral therapy programs helped cut deaths of HIV-infected patients. Tuberculosis remained the leading killer. The number of deaths in the continent’s second-largest economy dropped to 480,476…

Blog Post Discusses U.S. Role In Countering South African HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Africa In Transition”: HIV/AIDS, South Africa, and the United States John Campbell, Ralph Bunche senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses HIV/AIDS in South Africa and the U.S. role in countering the epidemic (9/4).

WHO Budget Cuts Stymie Ebola Response; Chan Discusses Agency’s Role

The New York Times features two articles examining the WHO’s role in responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. New York Times: Cuts at WHO Hurt Response to Ebola Crisis “…The WHO … has been badly weakened by budget cuts in recent years, hobbling its ability to respond in…

African Union Plans Emergency Meeting On Ebola

Agence France-Presse: African Union to hold emergency meeting on Ebola “The African Union announced Wednesday it will hold an emergency meeting next week aimed at hammering out a continent-wide strategy to deal with the Ebola epidemic. The A.U.’s Executive Council said next Monday’s meeting, to be held at the body’s…

CDC Director Focuses On Appeals To International Community For Ebola Assistance

CQ HealthBeat: CDC Chief Sidesteps Direct Appeal to Congress for Ebola Money “While he appeals for money, supplies, and an influx of health care workers from around the world to counter the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa, America’s top public health official is carefully avoiding direct appeals to Congress…