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Ebola Epidemic Could Cause Food Crisis In West Africa, Experts Warn

News outlets report on the impact of the Ebola epidemic on food security in West Africa. Associated Press: Ebola escalation could trigger major food crisis “The global famine warning system is predicting a major food crisis if the Ebola outbreak continues to grow exponentially over the coming months, and the…

China Sends Experimental Ebola Drug To Africa For Clinical Trials

News outlets report that China has sent an experimental drug developed by its military to Africa for clinical trials. Financial Times: China sends thousands of doses of anti-Ebola drug to Africa “China has sent thousands of doses of an experimental anti-Ebola drug developed by the Chinese military to Africa. The…

Handwashing Is Important Tool In Fight Against Ebola, UNICEF Says

Media sources report on Global Handwashing Day, recognized annually on October 15, and UNICEF’s spotlight on how the practice is an important tool in the fight against Ebola. U.N. News Centre: On World Day, U.N. spotlights handwashing as vital tool in fight against Ebola “As the world celebrates the seventh…

Climate Change Will Negatively Impact Food Security In Africa, Report Says

Inter Press Service: Measuring How Climate Change Affects Africa’s Food Security “…Experts from around the world are certain that climate change is playing a major role in the difficulties … hundreds of thousands of other farmers are experiencing on the continent. According to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental…

Deutsche Welle Examines Malnutrition, Family Planning In Niger

Deutsche Welle: Niger’s malnourished children “In Niger, children with dusty blond hair are ubiquitous: It’s a sure sign of widespread malnourishment. Resources are scarce, while fertility rates are soaring. Yet family planning is an uphill struggle…” (Conrad, 10/15).

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Ebola Epidemic

The following editorial and opinion pieces examine the Ebola epidemic and issues surrounding the international response. Wall Street Journal: The Ebola Twilight of Public Institutions Editorial Board “…[The Ebola epidemic is] ruthlessly exposing the decay of the once-eminent public institutions that were established to contain such transnational contagions — organizations…

U.S. House Subcommittee To Hold Hearing On Ebola

News outlets discuss an upcoming U.S. congressional hearing on federal efforts to respond to Ebola. CQ HealthBeat: Panel Set to Ask Questions and Offer Suggestions on Ebola “A House subcommittee on Thursday has scheduled a rare recess period hearing in Washington, D.C., to query CDC Director Thomas Frieden and National…