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Mobile Technology Helping HCWs In South Africa

SciDev.Net: Mobile technology supports frontline health workers “Primary health care in South Africa is notoriously overstretched and under-resourced, making the daily demands of record-keeping, home visits and patient monitoring a challenge for workers. Telemedicine — the remote provision of health care using information and communications technology (ICT) — holds great…

U.S. Must Step Up Efforts To Help West African Nations Address Ebola

New York Times: The Sluggish Fight Against Ebola Editorial Board “Efforts by the United States, other nations and international organizations to curb the widening epidemic of Ebola in West Africa are falling short — too little help arriving too late. … The United States can do better than this. Even…

Development Efforts Should Focus On Women, Girls

The following opinion pieces discuss focusing development efforts around women and adolescent girls. Huffington Post: Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development Gary Darmstadt, senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…In this week’s issue of the prestigious magazine Science, Melinda Gates weaves together her personal…

U.N. Foundation Announces Formation Of Ebola Response Fund

United Nations Foundation: U.N. Foundation Launches Fund to Support United Nations’ Ebola Response “[On Friday,] the United Nations Foundation, in coordination with U.N. partners, announced a special fund that will enable individuals, corporations, and civil society organizations to directly support U.N. entities engaged in the Ebola outbreak response in West…

Senegal’s Ebola Situation ‘Stable,’ WHO Reports

WHO: Ebola situation in Senegal remains stable “The situation in Senegal, which confirmed its first case of Ebola virus disease on 29 August, remains stable. To date, 67 close contacts of the initial case have been identified and monitored twice daily…” (9/12).

News Outlets Examine International Community’s Ebola Response, Future Challenges

News outlets examine the response to the West African Ebola outbreak and the challenges that lie ahead. BuzzFeed News: How Global Health Failed Liberia As The Ebola Outbreak Took Hold “…Liberia’s poor health infrastructure is no secret. … So when one of the world’s deadliest diseases hit a country that…

Health Systems Cannot Keep Up With Ebola Cases, WHO Says; Death Toll Passes 2,400

News outlets report on the rising Ebola death toll in West Africa. CNN: West African health centers can’t keep up with Ebola outbreak, WHO says “The number of new Ebola cases is growing faster than the ability of health officials to handle them, the head of the World Health Organization…

Calls For White House, Congress To Do More In Ebola Response

News outlets report on congressional comments and action on the West African Ebola outbreak. The Hill: Coons: We must do more to fight Ebola “Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) called on the White House to designate a point person to deal with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ‘It is time…

Ebola Outbreak An ‘Avoidable Tragedy,’ U.K. MPs Say In Report

The Guardian: Ebola outbreak an avoidable tragedy, say U.K. MPs “The Ebola epidemic that has so far killed more than 2,200 people in West Africa was an ‘avoidable tragedy’ that underlines the vital need for Britain and other international donors to spend more on strengthening health systems in developing countries,…