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Ebola Response Must Be Linked To Health Systems Strengthening, Paul Farmer Says

Washington Post: Paul Farmer on Ebola: “This isn’t a natural disaster, this is the terrorism of poverty” “…[Paul Farmer, Harvard professor and co-founder of Partners in Health,] argues that the only way to solve these epidemics is to focus on the four S’s — stuff, staff, space, and systems. ‘All…

Firestone Rubber Plantation Successful In Containing Ebola

News outlets report on Firestone’s successful efforts to contain Ebola within Harbel, Liberia, where the company’s rubber plantation is located. NPR: Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks “…When it comes to Ebola, the rubber met the road at the Firestone rubber plantation in Harbel, Liberia.…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Epidemic

The following editorial and opinion pieces address different aspects of the Ebola epidemic. New York Times: Stopping Ebola in America Editorial Board “…[I]t makes sense to add another layer of protection at airports in this country. Travelers from West Africa could be asked to fill out an additional questionnaire, on…

Australia Has Important Role In Infectious Disease Research

BMJ Blogs: Sharon Lewin: The challenge of infectious diseases Sharon Lewin, inaugural director of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, Australia, discusses the importance of accelerating scientific research on infectious diseases in light of both existing and emerging threats, including Ebola, as well as the role of Australia’s scientific community (10/6).

U.S. Government Blog Posts Discuss U.S Response To Ebola, Health Systems Strengthening

Blog posts from USAID and the State Department discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic and the importance of strengthening health care systems. USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: At the Heart of Ebola — Health Systems That Need Strengthening Chris Thomas, communications adviser in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, discusses the U.S.…

Guardian Interviews Bill Gates On Ebola

The Guardian: Bill Gates on Ebola and the low risk of the disease in the U.S.: ‘Health is very unjust’ “…The Guardian asked [Bill] Gates a few questions about the [Ebola] epidemic. … What do you think when you see the focus that’s been put on Ebola, knowing the number…

Bill Gates Discusses Ebola, Underscores Need To Strengthen Health Systems

Gates Notes: Ebola, Beyond the Headlines Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including the response to date, and highlights the need to strengthen health systems in the most-affected countries and in others around the world. He writes, “…Even…

WHO’s ‘Ebola Response Roadmap’ Reports 3,439 Deaths From Virus

News outlets report on the WHO’s latest update on the number of confirmed Ebola cases and deaths. Reuters: Ebola death toll rises to 3,439: WHO “The world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed 3,439 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (10/4). Reuters: Battle against Ebola…

U.N. Warns Funding For Ebola Response ‘Lagging’

News outlets report on U.N. warnings that funding to address the Ebola epidemic is “lagging.” The Hill: U.N. warns anti-Ebola funds ‘lagging’ “Only one-quarter of the nearly $1 billion pledged to fight Ebola has been handed out, the United Nations said Friday. The affected countries in Africa have received $256…