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Fewer Reported Ebola Cases In West Africa Signals Turning Point In Epidemic, But Disease Not Yet Contained, U.N. Says

Agence France-Presse: U.N. warns Ebola epidemic ‘not yet contained’ “The Ebola epidemic is decreasing but is still present in a third of the areas of the three worst affected West African nations, U.N. Ebola coordinator David Nabarro warned Thursday…” (Lebhour, 1/29). Agence France-Presse: World’s largest Ebola unit dismantled as outbreak…

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A.U. Leaders To Discuss Ebola, Preparations For Future Disease Outbreaks

Agence France-Presse: African Union vows Ebola fund as Oxfam calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ “The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control center, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost health care systems on the continent…” (1/28). Devex:…

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Experimental Ebola Vaccine Safe, Elicits Immune Response, Researchers Say

Agence France-Presse: Ebola vaccine is safe, researchers say “Preliminary results from a clinical trial on an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. National Institutes of Health suggest it is safe for use, researchers said Wednesday…” (1/28). Press Association/The Guardian: Cautious optimism follows results from trials of early…

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USAID’s DART Team Faced Logistical Challenges In Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Anatomy of a Logistics Operation: How USAID is Equipping Ebola Fighters on the Frontlines Carol Han, press officer for USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), discusses the logistical challenges and complex coordination DART members faced in responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/28).

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Questions Remain Whether WHO Reform Politically, Bureaucratically Feasible

Chatham House: Devil in the Detail for WHO’s Ebola Resolution Charles Clift, senior consulting fellow at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, discusses the resolution recently passed by the WHO Executive Board. “…It is very much open to question whether a strategy which seeks to centralize the…

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World Bank President Proposes Global Funding Mechanism For Future Pandemics

BBC News: Ebola crisis: World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics “The world is ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the president of the World Bank has warned. Jim Yong Kim, speaking in Washington, said it was vital that governments, corporations, aid agencies, and…

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Focus On Improving Education, Health Care Workforce, Rapid Response To Prepare For Next Disease Outbreak

Dallas Morning News: Editorial: Improving international responses to Ebola epidemics Editorial Board “…With 710 new [Ebola] cases confirmed in the past 21 days, this epidemic is far from over. But now that health experts are easing back from crisis mode, this is a good time for an assessment of what…

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USAID Ramps Up Efforts To Inform, Educate Liberian Public About Ebola

Devex: USAID broadens effort to correct Ebola misinformation in Liberia “In the scramble to reach the most remote residents of Ebola-hit Liberia, the U.S. Agency for International Development has signed on Mercy Corps as lead in a consortium of more than 70 other organizations to spread information about the disease…

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As New Ebola Cases Drop, Focus Turns To Recovery Of Health Systems, Economies In West Africa

IRIN: After Ebola: What next for West Africa’s health systems “As rates of Ebola infection fall in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, planning has begun on how to rebuild public health systems and learn lessons from the outbreak…” (Anyadike, 1/26). Reuters: Post-Ebola plan needed to avert ‘double disaster’ in West…

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Vigilance Must Remain High, Gaps Filled In West African Ebola Response, MSF Says

The Hill: Groups warn ‘critical gaps remain’ in Ebola response “One of the largest groups fighting Ebola in West Africa is warning the world not to slow down its response to the disease even as the number of cases continues to plummet across the region…” (Ferris, 1/26). Reuters: Single new…

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