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Malaria Control Efforts Challenging Amid Ebola Epidemic In West African Nations

Associated Press: Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa “West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus…” (Faul, 12/28). Nature: Side effects vex anti-malaria push in Sierra Leone…

IMF Policies Contributed To Poor Health Care In West Africa, Lack Of Ebola Response, Researchers Write In Commentary

News outlets report on a commentary published in The Lancet Global Health that discusses International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Associated Press: Researchers: IMF policies hindered Ebola response “Professors from three leading British universities say International Monetary Fund policies favoring international debt repayment over…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Examine Efforts To Contain Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: Lessons from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa Editorial Board “…[O]ver the past decade, there have been four major outbreaks of infectious disease caused by a virus: severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS; swine flu; Middle East respiratory syndrome; and now Ebola. Each has taken populations by surprise.…

State Department Blog Posts Discuss Ebola Response Efforts

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Continuing The Fight Against Ebola Nasserie Carew, senior adviser and acting deputy assistant secretary of state for public affairs, highlights a new State Department podcast series, titled “Fighting Ebola.” The series features interviews with U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac, former UNMEER head Anthony Banbury,…

January 2015 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The January 2015 WHO Bulletin includes news and research articles on various topics, as well as editorials on the Ebola epidemic and the global health worker shortage (January 2015).

U.N.’s Ban Begins West Africa Visit, Urges Communities To Follow Health Regulations

Associated Press: U.N. chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. … Concern has grown…

11th Sierra Leonean Doctor Dies Of Ebola; HCWs Demand Better Care When Infected

Associated Press: Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies “One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said…” (Roy-Macaulay/Diallo, 12/18). Reuters: Sierra Leone’s leading doctor dies of Ebola “…His death brings…

Ebola Cooperation Helped Thaw Relations Between Cuba, U.S.

Business Insider: The Global Health Threat That Brought The U.S. And Cuba Back Together “…The antiquated conflict between [Cuba and the U.S.] pales in comparison to the global necessity to band together during a crisis and work collaboratively wherever help is needed most…” (Brodwin, 12/18).

Liberia’s Senate Elections To Be Held Saturday After Delays Because Of Ebola

New York Times: Liberia Will Proceed With Senate Vote Delayed by Ebola “Senate elections that were repeatedly delayed because of the Ebola epidemic and legal challenges, and further complicated by a presidential ban on large political gatherings in the capital, will finally be held in Liberia on Saturday. Whether they…

Chikungunya Spreads Throughout Americas

CNN: The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas “…This was the first outbreak of the debilitating disease [chikungunya] in the Western Hemisphere, health officials said. All countries in Central America have now reported local transmission of chikungunya (pronounced chik-un-GOON-ya), and the United States had 11 confirmed cases of local infection this…