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Sierra Leone Lifts Quarantines, Plans To Reopen Schools As Ebola Epidemic Slows

Agence France-Presse: S. Leone to reopen schools in March as Ebola retreats “Sierra Leone said on Thursday it would reopen schools across the country in March, with the deadly Ebola epidemic slowing throughout West Africa…” (1/22). Reuters: Sierra Leone lifts Ebola quarantine measures amid progress “Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai…

Ebola Epidemic Highlights Need To Improve Women’s Health Care In West Africa

Maternal Health Task Force’s “MHTF Blog”: New Lancet commentary makes link between Ebola and women’s health Katie Millar, technical writer for MHTF, discusses a commentary published in The Lancet Global Health “that describes the socioeconomic, biologic, and health systems connections between women’s health and the current Ebola epidemic.” She writes,…

U.N. Launches Appeal For Additional $1B To Stamp Out Ebola In West Africa

Bloomberg News: Ebola Fight Needs $1 Billion More as Outbreak Wanes “Ebola remains a global health emergency, the United Nations said today as it sought another $1 billion in donations to fight the deadly outbreak in West Africa…” (Bennett/Kitamura, 1/21). Reuters: U.N. Ebola chief calls for final $1 billion to…

Ebola Continues To Be Public Health Emergency Despite Declining Case Numbers, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: Ebola cases tumble as WHO extends public health emergency “Though Ebola cases in West Africa’s outbreak region continue to drop sharply, infections are still occurring in some hot spots and posing a threat to other countries, with the World Health Organization (WHO) announcing [Wednesday] that the situation is…

World Must Better Prepare For Future Pandemics

Project Syndicate: Diseases Without Borders Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group “…The WEF’s [World Economic Forum] Global Risks report emphasizes the need for robust plans to face the threat of pandemics. This is especially urgent in light of the rapid growth of cities and informal settlements –…