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Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Federal Ebola Efforts, Plight Of Physicians In Sierra Leone

Washington Post: Federal employees are heavily involved in the fight against Ebola Joe Davidson, columnist “…Though [Ebola] is centered 4,500 miles away and has affected very few in the United States, federal employees, both civilian and military, are in the forefront of the battle against the deadly disease. … One…

Teamwork Vital To Operation Of USAID-Established ETU In Sierra Leone

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: A Look into the Hot Zone of Sierra Leone’s New Ebola Clinic Carol Han of the Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) writes about the teamwork required to operate the Ebola Treatment Unit established by USAID “in the town of Lunsar in Sierra Leone’s Port Loko district –…

Blog Post Examines Risk-Benefit Analysis For U.S. Institutions Supporting HCWs Volunteering In Ebola-Affected West Africa

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Supporting Those Who Go to Fight Ebola Michelle Mello of Stanford University, Maria Merritt of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Scott Halpern of the University of Pennsylvania “discuss health care institutions’ responsibilities to support their employees’ volunteer efforts in Ebola-affected regions. … The…

Unreported Ebola Cases Fewer Than Previously Thought, Study Shows

New York Times: Fewer Ebola Cases Go Unreported Than Thought, Study Finds “Transmission of the Ebola virus occurs mostly within families, in hospitals and at funerals, not randomly like the flu, Yale scientists said Tuesday, and far fewer cases go unreported than has previously been estimated. That implies, they said,…

Time To Rethink WHO Mission, Funding

The Economist: World Health Organization: Heal thyself Editorial Board “…The WHO has faced wide criticism for its role in allowing Ebola, which has now killed over 6,300 people, to rage out of control in West Africa. Some of it is unfair. … But the world’s ‘directing and coordinating’ health authority…

Bill Gates Reflects On Global Health Progress Made In 2014

Gates Notes: Good News You May Have Missed In 2014 Bill Gates reflects on global health progress made in 2014, including a decrease in under-five deaths worldwide; milestones met in HIV/AIDS efforts; the widespread implementation of a rotavirus vaccine; a new TB treatment regimen; and Nigeria’s success in eliminating Ebola…

Uganda’s History Of Effective Ebola Responses Informing Efforts In West African Epidemic

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Uganda Brings Ebola Expertise to the West African Response Vincent Oketcho, IntraHealth’s Uganda country director, and Richard Seifman, a consultant at IntraHealth, discuss Uganda’s experiences managing past Ebola and hemorrhagic fever outbreaks and how “[i]nternational health officials have acknowledged and tapped into” this expertise (12/15).