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Ebola Death Toll Hits Nearly 5,000 In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that nearly 5,000 people have died from Ebola in the three worst-hit West African countries. Reuters: Ebola death toll rises to 4,950 — WHO “The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has risen to 4,950 out of 13,241 cases in the three worst-hit…

A.U., AfDB, African Business Leaders Establish $28M Ebola Emergency Fund

Agence France-Presse: Africa sets up $28 million Ebola crisis fund “The African Union, African Development Bank, and regional business leaders have set up a crisis fund to help areas hit by the Ebola outbreak, the A.U. said in a statement. The organization said a landmark pledging meeting held in the…

Ebola Strains West Africa’s Health Care Infrastructure, Ebola Expert Says

Scientific American: How Ebola Strains West Africa’s Infrastructure “Ebola has pummeled health care systems in West Africa and laid bare health infrastructure issues that may not have otherwise been so readily apparent. It has also prompted aid organizations and governments to do some soul-searching about what should be done to…

Prevention Failing To Prevent HIV Among Young East, Southern African Women

Inter Press Service: The Young, Female Face of HIV in East and Southern Africa “Experts are raising alarm that years of HIV interventions throughout Africa have failed to stop infection among young women 15 to 24 years old. … Among women in East and Southern Africa, four out of 10…

ECOWAS Leaders Appoint Togo President Gnassingbe To Head Region’s Ebola Response

Reuters: West African leaders name Togo’s president to lead Ebola response “West African leaders on Thursday appointed Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe to supervise the region’s efforts to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic, which has killed nearly 5,000 people, mostly in the region. The [Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS)]…