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Global Community Must Help Ebola-Affected West African Countries Strengthen Health Systems, U.N. Meeting Declares

U.N. News Centre: U.N. meeting urges critical improvements to health systems of Ebola-affected countries “The international community must help Ebola-affected countries reboot their health systems so that they emerge from the current crisis more resilient and more focused on prevention efforts than ever before, a high-level meeting coordinated by the…

USAID’s ‘Grand Challenges’ To Test Potential Ebola Innovations

New York Times: Contest Seeks Novel Tools for the Fight Against Ebola “The well-prepared Ebola fighter in West Africa may soon have some new options: protective gear that zips off like a wet suit, ice-cold underwear to make life inside the sweltering suits more bearable, or lotions that go on…

U.S. Embargo Delays WHO Payments To Cuban Ebola Doctors In Sierra Leone

Associated Press: U.S. embargo stalled payment to Cuban Ebola doctors “Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the U.S. embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organization, an official at the U.N. agency said. … The embargo issue…

UNICEF Expands Ebola Appeal To $500M, Says Only 24% Of Funding Secured

Agence France-Presse: UNICEF ups Ebola fight, needs $500mn for next six months “The U.N. children’s agency said Friday it was scaling up efforts to fight Ebola, including to help thousands of children in West Africa orphaned by the deadly virus…” (12/12). UNICEF: To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based…

UNFPA Humanitarian Response Head Speaks About Gender Bias In Ebola Epidemic

Ebola Deeply: Ebola’s Gender Bias: The Triple Threat Facing Women “Directly or indirectly, women and girls are statistically more likely to be affected by Ebola than men. Ebola Deeply spoke with Ugochi Daniels, who heads UNFPA’s Humanitarian Response, about Ebola’s gender bias. … ‘If you’re a woman in an Ebola-affected…

Blog Post Examines Recent Congressional Hearing On Ebola

Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy”: What You Did (and Didn’t) Hear at the Congressional Ebola Hearing Beth Schwanke, senior policy counsel at CGD, summarizes remarks and requests made at a December 10 congressional hearing on Ebola, and discusses related issues she hopes will be addressed at future…

Ebola Response Must Strengthen West Africa’s Health Care Systems, Officials Say

NPR: Officials Hope To Use Ebola To Build Africa’s Health Care Capabilities “…[A]id officials are hoping [Ebola] may help to address long-festering shortcomings in West Africa’s health care systems. … [T]alk in the international community is about moving from crisis management to long-term change — building systems that not only…

U.N. Humanitarian Veteran Will Head UNMEER Starting In January

Reuters: U.N. names veteran humanitarian official as new head of Ebola mission “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed veteran humanitarian official Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania on Thursday as the new head of its mission to fight an outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. Ahmed, who has 28 years of…