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News Outlets Report On Global, Country-Level Ebola Control Efforts, Responses

News outlets report on responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including the WHO’s efforts, as well as control efforts in directly affected countries and other African countries. Democracy Now: As WHO Warns Ebola Death Toll is Underestimated, How Should Global Community Handle Dire Crisis? “The World Health Organization…

Liberian Ebola Clinic Attacked, Looted; Country Quarantines Remote Villages

News outlets discuss the attack on and looting of an Ebola clinic in Liberia, as well as other developments related to the outbreak in Liberia, including the quarantining of remote villages. Agence France-Presse: Infected Ebola patients flee after attack on Liberia clinic “Seventeen Ebola patients in Liberia who fled from…

Ebola Taking Heavier Toll On Women

Washington Post: Ebola striking women more frequently than men “As the number of lives claimed by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa rises above 1,000, the rate of infection among women is outpacing that among men because women are the caregivers, nurses, and cross-border traders, health officials report…” (Hogan, 8/14).

Size of Ebola Outbreak ‘Vastly Underestimated,’ WHO Says

News outlets report on the most recent Ebola statistics compiled by the WHO, as well as the WHO’s assessment that the outbreak in West Africa is likely “vastly underestimated.” Al Jazeera: WHO: Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated “Though more than 1,000 people have died in the world’s worst ever outbreak, the…

Media Outlets Examine Issues Surrounding Uganda’s Invalidated Anti-Gay Law

News outlets examine the fallout from Uganda’s anti-gay law and examine the situation after the country’s constitutional court invalidated the law earlier this month. Associated Press: Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger “When a Ugandan court overturned the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed…

Experts Warn Contraceptive Access Lacking For HIV-Positive African Women

Inter Press Service: The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa — Contraception “In the rush to save babies from HIV infection and treat their mothers, experts warn that a key element of HIV prevention is being neglected in Africa — contraceptives for HIV-positive women…” (Gathigah, 8/14).

Fighting In South Sudan Contributes To Country’s Food Insecurity

News outlets examine how fighting in South Sudan is contributing to food insecurity in the country. Foreign Policy: South Sudan’s Coming Famine “…[A] fresh round of fighting, which erupted over the weekend between government forces and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, further erodes the prospects for peace…

Militant Attacks Inhibit Aid Work In Northern Cameroon

IRIN: Attacks curb aid work in north Cameroon “An escalation of attacks by Nigerian radical Islamist Boko Haram militia is restricting aid operations in the Far North Region of Cameroon where thousands of Nigerian refugees have sought safety, say aid workers…” (8/15).