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IMF’s Loan Conditionalities Constrain Investment In Public Health Services In West Africa

Bretton Woods Project: The IMF’s role in the Ebola outbreak Julia Robinson and James Pfeiffer of Health Alliance International discuss how “[d]ecades of IMF lending to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa led countries to prioritize debt payments over investment in public services.” They conclude, “…[W]e’ve got to learn the true…

As Ebola Epidemic Slows, Experts Look To Strategies To Prevent Future Outbreaks

Reuters: In pursuit of next-generation Ebola stockpile vaccines “As West Africa’s devastating Ebola outbreak begins to dwindle, scientists are looking beyond the endgame at the kind of next-generation vaccines needed for a vital stockpile to hit another epidemic hard and fast…” (Kelland/Hirschler, 2/1). SciDev.Net: SciDev.Net Podcast: Vaccines and design against…

Local Communities Played Large Role In Helping To Curb Ebola Epidemic

New York Times: As Ebola Ebbs in Africa, Focus Turns From Death to Life “…Experts are trying to understand how the disease, which has defied the ominous predictions of the world’s top infectious disease researchers, appears to be extinguishing itself with surprising swiftness. … While many have emphasized the enormous…

Large-Scale Trial Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine Begins In Liberia

Associated Press: Ebola vaccines trial starts in Liberia “A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia’s capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa…” (Paye-Layleh, 2/2). International Business…