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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…

Budget, Staff Cuts Weakened Global Responses To Ebola, Media Outlets Report

News outlets report on international responses to the Ebola epidemic, including how budget and staff cuts are hindering efficiencies. Bloomberg Businessweek: Ebola Flew to Dallas as Budgets to Fight Disease Waned “The loss of tens of thousands of public health jobs and smaller research budgets for infectious disease is leaving…

U.S. House Appropriators Request Ebola Plan; DoD Authorizes 1K Additional Troops

News outlets report that U.S. House appropriators have requested an Ebola response plan from the Obama administration, while the Department of Defense announced additional troops have been authorized for the response in West Africa. CQ News: Appropriators Seek More Information on Ebola Response Costs “The House’s top appropriators are requesting…

U.S. Health Officials Move To Calm Fears Over Ebola As Epidemic Becomes Political Issue

News outlets report on U.S. health officials’ efforts to reduce fears of a widespread Ebola outbreak after a Texas hospital isolated the first Ebola patient in the country and how the Ebola epidemic is becoming a U.S. domestic political issue ahead of the November mid-term elections. Associated Press: Health officials:…

Health Officials’ Handling Of First U.S. Ebola Case Raises Questions

News outlets report on issues surrounding the first U.S. Ebola case, including how the case is being handled by health officials. New York Times: Dallas Hospital Alters Account, Raising Questions on Ebola Case “Health officials’ handling of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States continued to raise questions…

News Outlets Report On Medical Research Surrounding Ebola, Other NTDs

News outlets report on medical research related to potential Ebola treatments and vaccines, as well as research related to other neglected tropical diseases. The Guardian: Ebola is in America — and, finally, within range of Big Pharma “As the Ebola epidemic continues to rage in West Africa, with more than…

Nextgov Examines How Steven VanRoekel Will Contribute Tech Ideas To Ebola Response

Nextgov: Here’s How the Incoming USAID Tech Guru Plans to Fight Ebola “Ruggedized tablets, belt-worn printers, and a high-tech alternative to the stiflingly hot protective gear health care workers must wear when dealing with patients. Those are some of the technology tools the incoming chief innovation officer at the U.S.…