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Travel Restrictions Delay Efforts Of Medical Staff To Fight Ebola

Wall Street Journal: Travel Restrictions Hamper African Medical Staff in Ebola Fight “Scores of African doctors and nurses — many of them with experience treating Ebola — have experienced delays getting to affected regions because of flight bans and travel restrictions, an African Union official said on Thursday…” (Vogt, 10/24).

Mobile Phone Records Can Help Combat Ebola Epidemic

The Economist: Ebola and big data: Waiting on hold “In the battle against Ebola, mobile phones could be invaluable — not just in themselves, as devices that can be used to send people public health information or let them call helplines, but also because of the data they generate…” (10/25).

UNFPA, Kenyan NGO To Improve Health Of Women, Children Through Partnership

Xinhua News: U.N. agency inks deal to improve health of African women, children “The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday expressed its commitment to a partnership with Amref Health Africa, a Kenya-based NGO, to improve the health of women and children in Africa. UNFPA Chief of Sexual and Reproductive Health…

Conflict Threatens South Sudan’s Development Gains

VOA News: South Sudan Crisis Threatens Development “…The South Sudanese government announced big plans to begin providing services for its own people after the country won independence in 2011, but the current conflict has changed all that. In December last year, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his…

Number Of Ebola Cases Approaches 10,000, Deaths 5,000, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the latest number of Ebola cases (9,936) and deaths (4,877) reported by the WHO. Agence France-Presse: Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000 “The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said, as the scramble to find…

President Obama ‘Cautiously More Optimistic’ About Stopping Ebola In U.S.

News outlets report on President Obama’s statement on Wednesday expressing cautious optimism regarding the Ebola situation in the United States. Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama: Ebola gave ‘trial run’ for worse epidemic “President Barack Obama says he’s cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S., and that the virus…

Australia Weighing Personal Request From Obama To Send Ebola Medical Team To West Africa

Associated Press: Australia weighs U.S. request for Ebola Africa team “Australia’s prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region…” (McGuirk, 10/23).

A.U. Head To Visit Ebola-Hit West African Nations

Agence France-Presse: Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations “African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to three West African nations worst hit by the Ebola crisis, one of the most senior officials to do so since the outbreak, her spokesman said Wednesday. A.U. Commission chair Dlamini-Zuma will visit Guinea,…

Ebola Prompts Food Scarcity, Social Conflict In West Africa

News outlets report on the social and economic impact Ebola could have on West African countries, particularly in terms of food security. The Guardian: Ebola outbreak prompts food scarcity and threat of social conflict “Fears are growing that the economic impact of the Ebola crisis could lead to unrest and…