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Despite New Clinics In W. Africa, Shortage Of Health Workers Threatens Ebola Efforts

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New Ebola clinics useless without more trained staff “A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned…” (Dawson, 9/20).

Ebola Educators’ Murders Show Mistrust Of Authority In Rural West Africa, WHO Says

Reuters: Killings in Guinea show mistrust in Africa Ebola fight: WHO “The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (Nebehay/Miles, 9/19).

Innovative Financing Puts Oil Revenues Toward Child Nutrition In Congo

Reuters: Interview: U.N. entrepreneur taps African oil for child health “Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues towards childhood nutrition, a victory for ‘innovative financing’ to help the world’s poorest, [UNITAID] creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview…” (Miles, 9/19).

Somalia Facing New Threat Of Famine Amid Violence

Reuters: Three years after Somali famine, new hunger crisis looms “…The United Nations said this month more than a million people in this war-ravaged country were struggling to meet daily nutritional needs. The roughly 130,000 people displaced from their homes this year alone are bearing the brunt of the crisis…”…

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss issues surrounding the West African Ebola outbreak. Los Angeles Times: To fight Ebola, create a Health Workforce Reserve force Michele Barry, senior associate dean for global health and director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University, and Lawrence Gostin, a…

Secretary Kerry Announces New Global Health Commitments

U.S. Department of State: Secretary Kerry Keynotes Frontiers in Development Forum — Announces New Health Commitments by PEPFAR and a Global Resilience Challenge by USAID Secretary Kerry provided keynote remarks at USAID’s Frontiers in Development Forum last week and “announced two new initiatives by the U.S. government to mobilize new…