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WHO Emergency Committee Meeting On Ebola Aims To Increase U.N. Response

U.N. News Centre: Amid ongoing Ebola outbreak, U.N. ramps up organization-wide response “A United Nations health committee has met for the third time in three months to evaluate the organization’s ongoing response to the global Ebola crisis amid broader agency-wide efforts in confronting the deadly disease, U.N. officials confirmed today…”…

Ebola Prompts Food Scarcity, Social Conflict In West Africa

News outlets report on the social and economic impact Ebola could have on West African countries, particularly in terms of food security. The Guardian: Ebola outbreak prompts food scarcity and threat of social conflict “Fears are growing that the economic impact of the Ebola crisis could lead to unrest and…

News Outlets Report On How Ebola Is Affecting Liberians

News outlets report on the situation in Liberia, where Ebola is orphaning children, hampering vaccination efforts, creating stigma for survivors, and causing food shortages. Associated Press: Threat to break isolation in Liberia over food “Dozens of people quarantined for Ebola monitoring in western Liberia are threatening to break out of…

Violence Erupts In Sierra Leone Over Ebola; Dozens Of Survivors Released

News outlets report on the impacts of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, where violence erupted this week over the disease. Agence France-Presse: Ebola riot in S. Leone kills two as WHO to launch vaccine trials “Tensions surrounding the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa sparked a deadly riot in…

News Outlets Discuss Various Efforts To Develop, Test Ebola Vaccines

News outlets report on various efforts to develop and test Ebola vaccines. Associated Press: Johnson & Johnson plans Ebola vaccine testing (10/22). CQ HealthBeat: J&J Plans More Than 1 Million Ebola Vaccine Doses Next Year (Young, 10/22). Financial Times: GSK expects first doses of Ebola vaccine ready by year end…

Slate Examines WHO’s Response To Ebola Epidemic

Slate: Why Wasn’t the WHO Ready for Ebola? “The World Health Organization’s emergency committee is now meeting for the third time to discuss the Ebola crisis amid widespread criticism over what has been seen as a sluggish response to the virus. Mariano Lugli, a Médecins Sans Frontières deputy director who…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic and the global response to the disease. Hartford Courant: Ebola Shows Need For Global Health Security Office Elizabeth Bradley, director of the Yale Global Health Initiative, and Robert Hecht, managing director at the Results for Development Institute and visiting…

Quickly Mobilizing Resources Vital To Successful Ebola Response In West Africa, Experts Say

MSNBC: Ebola aid groups worry about delays and staffing shortfalls “…[L]eading aid groups warn that staffing shortfalls, logistical challenges, and other bottlenecks could undermine efforts by the U.S and its partners to fight [Ebola in West Africa]. … Concerns about the Ebola response in West Africa go beyond finances. ‘It’s…

European Nations Agree To Ramp Up Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on European nations’ efforts to ramp up their responses to Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: E.U. agrees to appoint Ebola czar “European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to appoint an Ebola coordinator to bring together resources and funding to tackle the deadly disease before it becomes…