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WHO Doctor Contracts Ebola In Sierra Leone

Los Angeles Times: WHO doctor contracts Ebola while deployed in Sierra Leone “A World Health Organization doctor working at an Ebola care facility in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the virus, the second international health worker deployed by the agency to become infected while responding to the worst outbreak…

Gambian Lawmakers Pass Bill Imposing Life Imprisonment For Some Homosexual Acts

Associated Press: Gambia lawmakers pass bill to jail gays for life “Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders…” (Corey-Boulet, 9/8).

Ritual Circumcision In Kenyan Spotlight After Botched Surgery

NPR: A Botched Circumcision Calls Attention To Kenyan Ritual “On Aug. 6, Kenya’s The Star newspaper reported: ‘Boy, 13, loses penis in Bukusu circumcision rite gone bad.’ Local officials say the circumciser wasn’t properly trained and botched the surgery. … The transition away from ritual circumcision reflects a changing Africa.…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Global Fund News Flash Issue 49 of the Global Fund News Flash discusses the Fund’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the need to strengthen health systems, and treatment and prevention efforts to reduce HIV infections (9/8).

Ebola Death Toll Surpasses 2,000, WHO Says

Reuters: Ebola toll tops 2,000, cases near 4,000: World Health Organization “More than 2,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the World Health Organization said on Friday, out of about 4,000 patients thought to have been infected in the three countries worst hit by the disease…”…

Sierra Leone Plans Nationwide ‘Lockdown’ To Contain Ebola

News outlets report on Sierra Leone’s plan to contain the Ebola epidemic through a nationwide “lockdown.” Financial Times: Sierra Leone plans national ‘lockdown’ to halt Ebola “Sierra Leone is preparing a four-day nationwide ‘lockdown’ in an effort to contain the Ebola epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in…

As Ebola Takes Global Spotlight, Other Diseases Garner Less Attention

Washington Post: How Ebola is stealing attention from illnesses that kill more people “The Ebola virus has killed more than 2,100 people in four West African nations, and it has left the international community scrambling to contain it. But as deadly diseases go, Ebola isn’t nearly as contagious as tuberculosis,…