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IntraHealth Calls For More Investment In Health Systems To Respond To Ebola

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: Ebola Outbreak Underscores Need for Stronger Frontline Health Workforce in West Africa In a blog post, IntraHealth International commends health workers and agencies responding to the Ebola outbreak, calls on countries to embrace the WHO’s International Health Regulations, and calls on the U.S. government and NGOs to intensify…

Huffington Post Profiles Child Survivor Of Ebola

Huffington Post: Why This ‘Miracle’ Boy Who Beat Ebola Symbolizes Hope For Sierra Leone “While the unprecedented spread of Ebola continues plaguing West Africa, an image of one boy has captured a wave of hope for the people of Sierra Leone. … Vandy, a 7-year-old who contracted the virus more…

‘Science Speaks’ Examines Discussions On WHO Ebola Drug Recommendations

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: As Ebola toll grows, WHO calls for experimental drug use, and ‘lessons of AIDS’ play out Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, examines discussions around the WHO’s recommendation for the…

Canada To Donate Quantity Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine To WHO For Use In Africa

Reuters: Exclusive: Canada to donate its own Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa “Canada will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa, the country’s health minister said on Tuesday…” (Nickel/Begley, 8/12).

Ethical Questions On Use, Distribution Of Ebola Drugs Remain

New York Times: Opting Against Ebola Drug for Ill African Doctor “The doctor who had been leading Sierra Leone’s battle against the Ebola outbreak was now fighting for his own life, and his international colleagues faced a fateful decision: whether to give him a drug that had never before been…

West African Countries Use Cordon To Contain Ebola Outbreak

New York Times: Using a Tactic Unseen in a Century, Countries Cordon Off Ebola-Racked Areas “The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is so out of control that governments there have revived a disease-fighting tactic not used in nearly a century: the ‘cordon sanitaire,’ in which a line is drawn around…

Coverage Continues On U.N. Panel’s Endorsement To Use Untested Ebola Drugs

News outlets continue coverage on the U.N.’s endorsement of and ethics around the use of untested Ebola drugs. Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N.: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak “The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West…

Proliferation Of High-Profile Conflicts Results In Overload For Aid Agencies, NGOs

The Guardian: Gaza, Ebola, Iraq … are we approaching disaster overload? Sam Jones, reporter “Reflecting on the responses to the number of man-made emergencies detonating or still smoldering around the world earlier this year, from Syria to Ukraine and from Nigeria and South Sudan to Central African Republic (CAR), Kofi…

Ebola Outbreak Draws Attention To Need For Better Health Care System

The Guardian: Ebola epidemic heightened by poor facilities and distrust of healthcare Matthew Clark, director of The Welbodi Partnership “In June and July approximately 5,000 women and children in Sierra Leone died of diseases. The vast majority of these deaths were avoidable. … The Ebola outbreak in the country killed…