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Media Sources Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Drug, Vaccine R&D

Media sources report on various issues surrounding research into Ebola vaccines and treatments. Associated Press: U.S. officials unveil plan to test Ebola drugs (Marchione, 11/5). CIDRAP News: FDA, industry officials vow to minimize barriers to Ebola vaccines (Roos, 11/5). Reuters: U.S. Ebola researchers plead for access to virus samples (Steenhuysen,…

WHO AFRO Nominates Agency Veteran Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti As Next Regional Director

News outlets report the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) on Wednesday nominated Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti, a physician from Botswana, as the agency’s next Regional Director for Africa. Agence France-Presse: WHO appoints new Africa chief after Ebola criticism “The Africa arm of the World Health Organization — which has been…

Sudan Denies Peacekeepers Access To Darfur To Investigate Mass Rape Report

Reuters: Sudan denies U.N. access in Darfur to look into mass rape report “Sudanese troops denied U.N. and African Union peacekeepers access to a town in the country’s western Darfur region to investigate reports of an alleged mass rape of some 200 women and girls, the United Nations said on…

The Guardian Compares Health Care Systems Of 8 Countries

The Guardian: How sick are the world’s health care systems? “The NHS is in trouble and its chief executive has requested £8bn to save it. But how does Britain’s system compare with health care around the world — and what can we learn? From hard-pressed India to highly organized Germany,…

Australia To Staff Ebola Clinic In Sierra Leone

News outlets report on Australia’s announcement that it would staff an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone amid pressure from donors to do more in its efforts to fight the disease in West Africa. Associated Press: Australia to staff Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone “Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday that his…

Ebola Quarantines In Sierra Leone Hindering Food Security

Associated Press: Thousands break Ebola quarantine to find food “…Large swaths of the West African country have been sealed off to prevent the spread of Ebola, and within those areas many people have been ordered to stay in their homes. The government, with help from the U.N.’s World Food Programme,…

Guardian Podcast Examines Slow International Response To Ebola In West Africa

The Guardian: What does the Ebola crisis reveal about the state of global health? — podcast transcript In a podcast, The Guardian “examine[s] why the global health community was so slow to mobilize [against Ebola], and what can be done to prevent a recurrence of the crisis” (Boseley/Krysiak, 11/4).

Researchers Developing Faster, Easier Ebola Diagnostic Tests

New York Times: Researchers Seek Crucial Tool: A Fast, Finger-Prick Ebola Test “Searching for a new way to attack Ebola, companies and academic researchers are now racing to develop faster and easier tests for determining whether someone has the disease. Such tests might require only a few drops of blood…

Humanitarian Agencies Adopt New Strategies For Ebola Efforts

IRIN: Aid agencies adapt to Ebola challenge “From using Bitcoins to fundraise, to adopting new strategies to prevent malaria victims appearing to be Ebola cases, to working with new partners — aid agencies in West Africa are learning to adapt fast…” (11/4).

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