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Sierra Leone Surpasses Liberia In Ebola Case Numbers; Disease Still Spreading In Sierra Leone, Guinea; Liberia Must Remain Vigilant, Official Says

BBC News: Ebola crisis: Sierra Leone case number surpasses Liberia “Sierra Leone has overtaken neighboring Liberia as the country with the highest number of Ebola cases, the latest World Health Organization figures suggest…” (12/8). Reuters: Sierra Leone overtakes Liberia in number of Ebola cases: WHO “…The cumulative number of cases…

Gaps In Ebola Data Present Challenges; Worst-Case Disease Models Not Panning Out

Associated Press: In Ebola outbreak, bad data adds another problem “…Having accurate numbers about an outbreak is essential not only to provide a realistic picture of the epidemic, but to determine effective control strategies. Dr. Bruce Aylward, who is leading the World Health Organization’s Ebola response, said it’s crucial to…

U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency Extending Ebola Capacity Into Sierra Leone, Mali

DoD News: DoD Threat Reduction Agency Builds Anti-Ebola Capacity “The Defense Department agency whose mission is to reduce biological, chemical and other threats to troops worldwide began ramping up its response early in the Ebola outbreak and now, with many partners, is steadily building capabilities in Liberia as it extends…

West Africa Can Create Stronger Health, Sanitation Programs After Ebola, Officials Say

Devex: Health not only priority for E.U.-funded programs after Ebola — Mimica “…During an official visit to Guinea this weekend attended by Devex, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica announced a new 61 million euros ($74.8 million) financial assistance package to link health, sanitation, and environmental development…

U.N. Issues Record $16.4B Aid Appeal To Address Global Crises In 2015

News outlets report on the release of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (OCHA) 2015 Global Humanitarian Appeal to support people affected by disaster and conflict. Associated Press: U.N.: $16.4 billion needed to aid most vulnerable “…More than 40 percent of the appeal — $7.2 billion — would go…

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