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Gates Foundation Pledges $5.7M Toward Ebola Treatment Trials

News outlets report on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s pledge of $5.7 million to test experimental Ebola treatments in West Africa. BBC News: Ebola outbreak: $5.7m pledged for blood plasma trials “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $5.7m towards a program to increase production of experimental Ebola…

ONE Launches ‘Ebola Response Tracker’

ONE: Ebola Response Tracker ONE launches an interactive infographic capturing donor aid for the Ebola response in West Africa (11/18).

Opinion Pieces Examine U.S., Global Ebola Efforts, Ability To Respond To Future Epidemics

Project Syndicate: Ebola and Beyond Lawrence Gostin, professor of global health law at Georgetown University “…The West African Ebola epidemic should inspire a course correction on international health policy, reinforcing the need for rapid-response tools and strong health care infrastructure. Establishing frameworks to provide scalable, sustainable funding to achieve these…

CDC Director Says West African Ebola Epidemic Far From Over; USAID Chief Speaks With L.A. Times; U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Troops On Ebola Mission

News outlets report on U.S. officials’ comments on efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. The Hill: Ebola epidemic ‘nowhere near over’ in West Africa, CDC director says “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden said the Ebola epidemic is ‘nowhere near over’ in West…

U.N. Concerned Over Further Isolation Of Ebola-Hit West Africa

Inter Press Service: West Africa: U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash “The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa. ‘It’s a psychological fear,’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told IPS.…

USAID Working With West African Governments To Maintain Economic Growth Amid Ebola Epidemic

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Recapturing Growth in Ebola-Stricken West Africa Stephen O’Connell, chief economist for USAID, discusses how the Ebola epidemic is affecting the economies of the three worst-hit nations and the work being done to counteract those effects. “…New Ebola cases continue to be recorded in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone,…