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Gates Foundation To Contribute $50M To Support West African Ebola Response

News outlets report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s announcement that it will contribute $50 million to support the emergency response to the West African Ebola outbreak. BBC News: New money added to emergency response to Ebola outbreak “More money has been announced to help the emergency response to…

U.S. Donates 5 Ambulances To Sierra Leone For Ebola Response

Associated Press: U.S. gives ambulances to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola “…The United States donated five ambulances Wednesday to help Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola as the West African government acknowledged it can take up to 24 hours to pick up bodies in the spiraling crisis…” (Roy-Macaulay/Kargbo, 9/10).

Lack Of Funding Hampered Ebola Vaccine Development, NIH Director Says

CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Vaccine Delayed by Lack of Funding, NIH Director Says “An Ebola vaccine could have been available to respond to the current outbreak in West Africa if Congress had kept the National Institutes of Health’s budget growing in the past decade at the same rates as its basic…

U.N. Humanitarian Chief Allocates $4M To Support Ebola Operations In West Africa

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. relief chief allocates $4 million to bolster aid deliveries in West Africa “To help offset disruptions in aid delivery caused by travel restrictions on Ebola-affected countries, the top United Nations relief official today approved an emergency allocation of nearly $4 million for the U.N. Humanitarian…

Economic Growth Projections Cut For Ebola-Affected West African Nations

News outlets report on the impact of the Ebola outbreak on West African economies. Agence France-Presse: Health services, economies overwhelmed in Ebola-hit Africa “Sierra Leone, which has reported some 500 deaths from 1,400 cases, said the crisis had devastated its economy, with growth pared back to single digits for the…

Oxford Model Predicts 15 More Countries At Risk Of Ebola Emergence

Washington Post: Oxford study predicts 15 more countries are at risk of Ebola exposure “Until this year’s epidemic, Ebola did not exist in West Africa. Now with nearly 2,300 people dead from the virus, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, scientists still don’t fully understand how Ebola arrived from…

Ebola Highlights Necessity To Develop NTD Treatments

Reuters: Ebola highlights slow progress in war on tropical diseases “Some of the world’s most gruesome diseases are finally getting a bit of attention. The worst-ever Ebola outbreak, which has already killed at least 2,296 people in West Africa, has triggered a scramble to develop the first drug or vaccine…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Response To Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces discuss ongoing issues in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Nature: Ebola: time to act Editorial Board “…It cannot be repeated enough that public health measures and good old-fashioned epidemiological tracking of the infected and their contacts will bring this outbreak…

U.S. DoD Makes $500M Request For Ebola Efforts, Humanitarian Crises In Iraq, Syria

Foreign Policy: Shifting Priorities: Pentagon Wants to Move Money for Ebola, Ukraine, and Iraq “…The Defense Department is making a big lump sum request of $500 million for humanitarian assistance to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa and to address the suffering the Islamic State is inflicting upon…