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Britain, Sweden, China Make Donations To Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report European and Asian nations are stepping up their response to the West African Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: Britain, Sweden donate to struggling U.N. Ebola Fund “New pledges of financial aid to a U.N. Ebola fund have reached $118 million with Britain and Sweden offering sizeable contributions after…

Health Systems In U.S., Africa, Asia Prepare To Diagnose, Care For Ebola Patients

News outlets report on how hospitals in the U.S., Africa, and Asia are preparing to respond to Ebola. Agence France-Presse: Poor health systems in Asia cause for Ebola alarm “The longer the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, the greater chance a traveler infected with the virus touches down in…

Pakistan Records Additional Polio Cases; Vaccination Program Criticized In Upcoming Report

News outlets note additional cases of polio have been recorded in Pakistan and highlight a soon-to-be-released report criticizing the government’s polio vaccination campaign. Associated Press: Pakistan detects more polio cases on awareness day “The World Health Organization said Friday that three more polio cases have surfaced in Pakistan, bringing the…

Thailand Can Lead Asia To End AIDS

Bangkok Post: Thailand leads way to ending AIDS Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director “Thailand has set the global standard for how a country can effectively respond to AIDS. … This month, through its innovative Ending AIDS by 2030 strategy, Thailand became the first country in Asia to offer HIV treatment…

Global Efforts To Eradicate Polio Continue On World Polio Day

News outlets report on various aspects of polio in recognition of World Polio Day, marked annually on October 24. Inter Press Service: Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication “The goal is an ambitious one — to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the…

Australia Weighing Personal Request From Obama To Send Ebola Medical Team To West Africa

Associated Press: Australia weighs U.S. request for Ebola Africa team “Australia’s prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region…” (McGuirk, 10/23).

Chinese AIDS Activist Reportedly Kept From Attending U.N. Conference

New York Times: Chinese AIDS Activist Says She Was Kept From U.N. Conference “A Chinese AIDS activist says she had to cancel a trip to Geneva this week to attend a United Nations conference on women after local officials seized her passport and forced her to tell conference organizers that…

China Evacuates Workers From West Africa, Impacting Economy

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Fears Spark China Pullback in West Africa “…China’s massive commercial footprint in Africa has grown despite civil wars and military coups. Ebola is a different story. Companies from the continent’s largest trade partner have evacuated scores of workers from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa — curtailing…