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Spotlight Is On Experimental Ebola Drugs; FDA Warns Public About Fake Treatments

News outlets report on efforts to dispel myths about Ebola, prevent fake treatments, and approve experimental therapies for use in the African outbreak. The Hill: FDA seeks to dispel Ebola outbreak fears “The Food and Drug Administration has posted a Web page with quick facts about the Ebola virus and…

Botswana High Court Orders Government To Provide HIV Treatment To Foreign Prisoners

Agence France-Presse: Botswana told to pay for foreign prisoners’ HIV treatment “Botswana’s High Court on Friday ordered the government to provide treatment to HIV-positive foreign prisoners at the state’s expense. Justice Bengbame Sechele ruled that the denial of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment to foreign inmates violated their rights…” (8/22).

Country Coordinating Mechanisms Can Address Chronic Crises

Devex: Better systems to address chronic crises Alexander Matheou, regional representative for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Southern Africa “…For chronic crises, we should learn from the fight against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, and set up government-led CCMs [(country coordinating mechanisms)] on resilience to…

UNICEF Calls For Investment In African Children

Humanosphere: Booming African population leads UNICEF to call for more investments in children Development blogger Tom Murphy discusses a report (.pdf) released by UNICEF that supports the prioritization of investing in children’s health, education, and protection to achieve economic benefits in Africa (8/22).

U.N. Ebola Official Says More Ebola Preparations Needed; WHO Calls Expert Meeting

News outlets report on the U.N. response to the Ebola outbreak, including a WHO meeting set for the beginning of September. Agence France-Presse: U.N.’s top Ebola official wants preparations for ‘flareup’ “The United Nations’ new pointman on Ebola said Friday he was preparing for a possible flareup of the epidemic…

International Community’s Response To Ebola Outbreak Criticized

Reuters summarizes criticism of the global community’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: Ebola response of MSF and ‘boiling frog’ WHO under scrutiny “A decade ago, scientists would have laughed at the idea of Ebola as a public health emergency of international concern. Today, they are shocked…

African Nations Take Measures To Prevent Ebola’s Spread Across Their Borders

News outlets report on African nations’ measures to prevent the spread of Ebola. Agence France-Presse: Senegal closes border as U.N. warns on Ebola flare-up “Senegal has become the latest country to seal its border with a West African neighbor to ward off the deadly Ebola virus, as the new U.N.…