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Hunger Crisis In S. Sudan ‘Eases’ But Risk Remains For 2015, WFP Says

News outlets report that rainfall and emergency food aid have helped ease South Sudan’s hunger crisis; however, according to the World Food Programme (WFP), the country still faces risks to food security in 2015. BBC News: South Sudan hunger crisis ‘eases’ “South Sudan’s hunger crisis has eased after a ‘green…

S. African Health Minister Discusses Nation’s Efforts On HIV, NCDs In NPR Interview

NPR: He Fixed South Africa’s AIDS Policy, Now He’s Out To Fight Salt NPR provides excerpts from a conversation with South African Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, who is in the U.S. for two weeks “‘to meet influential people,’ he says.” He discusses the nation’s efforts to treat people living…

Experts Express Concern Over High Rate Of C-Sections In South Africa

The Guardian: Cesarean section rates in South Africa ‘recklessly high,’ warn experts “More than two in three South African mothers in private hospitals give birth by cesarean section, way above the international average, research has shown…” (Smith, 9/24).

Editorials, Opinion Piece Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Response

The following editorials and opinion piece discuss various issues related to the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Nature: First response, revisited Editorial Board “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has starkly exposed major gaps in plans to tackle emerging infectious diseases. Lessons must be learned. … If…

Blog Posts Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

Several blogs published pieces discussing various issues related to the Ebola outbreak. Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Aversion Behavior Exacerbates the Economic Impact of Ebola Mead Over, senior fellow at CGD, discusses a World Bank report that examines the economic impact of Ebola on affected West African…

U.N. To Hold High-Level Meeting On Ebola As Aid Mission Gets Underway

News outlets report U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced plans to hold a meeting on Ebola among world leaders, as the U.N.’s relief mission gets underway in West Africa. U.N. News Centre: Ban to convene meeting of world leaders on tackling Ebola outbreak “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced…

Media Sources Continue To Report On CDC, WHO Estimates Of Ebola’s Spread

News outlets continue to report on CDC and WHO predictions of the growth of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The Atlantic: Chasing Ebola (Elliot, 9/23). CQ HealthBeat: CDC Says Swift Global Response May Stem Ebola Outbreak (Reichard, 9/23). The Hill: CDC: Ebola cases could hit 1.4M by January (Viebeck, 9/23).…

More HCWs Dead From Ebola Than Previously Thought, WHO Says

Reuters: WHO revises up number of health workers killed by Ebola in Sierra Leone “Thirty more health care workers have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone than previously thought, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, suggesting the risk to medical staff may have been understated…” (Miles, 9/23).

Pope Francis, International Aid Groups Call For Increased Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on calls for greater assistance in West African nations hit by Ebola. Associated Press: Pope urges international aid to fight Ebola “Pope Francis is urging international assistance to fight the Ebola virus in Africa. Francis also urged the 30,000 people who attended his weekly general audience on…

Liberia Struggles With HCW, Food Shortages Amid Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on Liberia’s continuing shortage of health care workers and increasing threats to food security as Ebola continues to spread. Reuters: Liberia facing massive shortage of foreign help against Ebola: U.N. “Liberia, the West African state hardest-hit by the worst Ebola outbreak in history, remains gravely short of…