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Ebola-Hit West Africa Facing Major Food Crisis, U.N. Special Rapporteur Says

U.N. News Centre: West Africa ‘on brink’ of major food crisis in wake of Ebola outbreak — U.N. expert “As Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, leaving more than 4,000 people dead, the region is now on the brink of a major food crisis, the United Nations special rapporteur on…

Experts Meet At WHO To Discuss Experimental Ebola Drug, Vaccine Testing

NPR: Medical Experts Look For New Ways To Test Ebola Drugs “Medical experts are meeting [Tuesday and Wednesday] at the World Health Organization in Geneva to figure out how to test potential Ebola drugs in Africa. In addition to determining which experimental drugs should be the highest priority, the experts…

Uganda Declared Free Of Hemorrhagic Marburg Virus

News outlets report Uganda has been declared free of Marburg, an Ebola-like hemorrhagic fever. Agence France-Presse: Uganda declares itself free of Ebola-like Marburg virus “Ugandan health officials on Tuesday declared the country free of the Ebola-like Marburg virus after completing a 42-day surveillance period under World Health Organization (WHO) rules…”…

Islamic States Pledge $85M For Health Systems Strengthening In Ebola-Hit Nations

Islamic Development Bank: OIC-IDB Ebola Conference Donors Pledge $85m to Strengthen Health Systems in Ebola Affected Countries “Donors to the joint Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Islamic Development Bank, held in Jeddah, have announced an urgent financial aid package to countries suffering from the threat of…

Quick Public Health Actions Helped Prevent Spread Of Ebola In Mali

Media sources report on the public health investigations and contact tracing that helped prevent the spread of Ebola from an infected two-year-old girl who crossed the border from Guinea to Mali. Los Angeles Times: How Ebola spread to Mali: The lessons learned “…WHO officials helped the ministries of health in…

1 in 7 Pregnant Women In West Africa Risk Dying In Childbirth, Charities Say

News outlets report on assertions from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) that one in seven pregnant women in Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa could die due to overwhelmed hospitals and health workers’ fear of contracting the disease. The Guardian: One in seven pregnant women could die in Ebola-hit countries, say…

Governments, Aid Groups Try To Keep Pace With Shifting Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: Governments, groups striving to become as agile as the Ebola virus “The news out of West Africa in recent days — good and bad — has demonstrated a fundamental challenge in the fight against Ebola: The virus is more nimble than the human response to it. … The…