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U.S. Embargo Delays WHO Payments To Cuban Ebola Doctors In Sierra Leone

Associated Press: U.S. embargo stalled payment to Cuban Ebola doctors “Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the U.S. embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organization, an official at the U.N. agency said. … The embargo issue…

UNICEF Expands Ebola Appeal To $500M, Says Only 24% Of Funding Secured

Agence France-Presse: UNICEF ups Ebola fight, needs $500mn for next six months “The U.N. children’s agency said Friday it was scaling up efforts to fight Ebola, including to help thousands of children in West Africa orphaned by the deadly virus…” (12/12). UNICEF: To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based…

UNFPA Humanitarian Response Head Speaks About Gender Bias In Ebola Epidemic

Ebola Deeply: Ebola’s Gender Bias: The Triple Threat Facing Women “Directly or indirectly, women and girls are statistically more likely to be affected by Ebola than men. Ebola Deeply spoke with Ugochi Daniels, who heads UNFPA’s Humanitarian Response, about Ebola’s gender bias. … ‘If you’re a woman in an Ebola-affected…

Up To 10,000 Ebola Orphans Face Stigma In West Africa

New York Times: An Ebola Orphan’s Plea in Africa: ‘Do You Want Me?’ “…Ebola has been wretched for children. More than 3,500 have been infected and at least 1,200 have died, United Nations officials estimate. … The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, says that across the region there may…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Lessons From Ebola, Path Forward To Eliminate Epidemic

Roll Call: Containing Epidemics Like Ebola: Lessons From Nigeria’s Success Bobby Kapur, associate chief of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine “…In addition to helping West African countries contain the epidemic, the [U.S. Ebola] funding will build capacity in the U.S. to respond to Ebola and future epidemics. Moreover,…

U.S. Fellowship Program Alumnus Helping To Educate Sierra Leoneans About Ebola

U.S. State Department’s “DipNote”: ‘Join Hands To Drive Out Ebola’ Darin McAnelly, regional alumni coordinator for Africa, and Phoenix Ricks, alumni outreach coordinator, both in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, profile 2010 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program alumnus Joe Bangura, head of corporate affairs at Africell, Sierra Leone’s…

Blog Post Examines Recent Congressional Hearing On Ebola

Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy”: What You Did (and Didn’t) Hear at the Congressional Ebola Hearing Beth Schwanke, senior policy counsel at CGD, summarizes remarks and requests made at a December 10 congressional hearing on Ebola, and discusses related issues she hopes will be addressed at future…

Ebola Response Must Strengthen West Africa’s Health Care Systems, Officials Say

NPR: Officials Hope To Use Ebola To Build Africa’s Health Care Capabilities “…[A]id officials are hoping [Ebola] may help to address long-festering shortcomings in West Africa’s health care systems. … [T]alk in the international community is about moving from crisis management to long-term change — building systems that not only…

U.N. Humanitarian Veteran Will Head UNMEER Starting In January

Reuters: U.N. names veteran humanitarian official as new head of Ebola mission “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed veteran humanitarian official Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania on Thursday as the new head of its mission to fight an outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Ahmed, who has 28 years of…