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Experimental Ebola Drug Raises Questions

ONE: Drugs for Ebola — but will they work? Andrew Marshall, senior director for global digital content at ONE, discusses the practical and moral issues surrounding the use of the unlicensed Ebola drug ZMapp (8/13).

Security, Public Health Objectives Should Remain Separate

The Guardian: Ebola, polio, HIV: it’s dangerous to mix health care and foreign policy Sophie Harman, senior lecturer in international politics at Queen Mary University of London “There are reasons to be fearful of the Ebola crisis gripping parts of West Africa: death, the risk of contagion, overburdened health infrastructure,…

‘Impossible Dilemma’ Posed By Use Of Experimental Ebola Drug

Associated Press/Washington Post: Doctors: Ebola Drug Poses ‘Impossible Dilemma’ “Doctors treating a Sierra Leone physician with Ebola defended their decision not to give him an experimental drug, saying Wednesday they feared it was too risky. Calling it ‘an impossible dilemma,’ Doctors Without Borders explained in detail last month’s decision in…

Ebola Can Be Contained With Combination Of Strategies

Financial Times: Ebola is not an invincible superbug Editorial Board “The Ebola epidemic raging through West Africa has highlighted not only the terrible state of the region’s public health infrastructure but also the low priority given worldwide to developing treatments for tropical diseases. …[H]ealth authorities are only now beginning to…

Second Ebola Doctor In Sierra Leone Dies

New York Times: Sierra Leone Again Loses a Top Doctor to Ebola “A second leading Sierra Leone doctor has succumbed to the Ebola epidemic sweeping across West Africa, dealing another blow to the country’s faltering efforts to stem the disease…” (Nossiter, 8/13).

Military Spending In African Countries ‘Dwarfs’ HIV/AIDS, Health Budgets

Inter Press Service: What’s More Important, the War on AIDS or Just War? “They say there is a war on and its target is the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This war runs worldwide but its main battleground is sub-Saharan Africa … With many competing health problems, funding for AIDS…

Blog Provides ‘Roundup’ Of Global Health Issues, Related Politics

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: While Museveni mulls ‘harmonized’ homophobia, no news from Nigeria is bad news, Kenya considers death by stoning, and smiling faces hide ugly truths… We’re reading about politics over public health Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at…

Five Myths On Ebola Debunked

Huffington Post: Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means) Adam C. Levine, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown Medical School “…Of course, we should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news and bloggers alike. We should…

U.S. Government To Provide Emergency Food Aid To South Sudan

News outlets report on the announcement that the U.S. government will provide special funding to South Sudan to help address the country’s food crisis. Devex: For first time since 2008, U.S. taps special funding pool to feed South Sudan “South Sudan currently faces the ‘worst food security situation in the…

Numerous East, Central African Countries Facing ‘Acute Food Insecurity’

IRIN: Food security alarm for east, central Africa “Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in Eastern and Central Africa, with most of them being at ‘crisis’ and ’emergency’ levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013. The affected countries…