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Liberia Needs Resilient Health System, Economy To Strengthen Nation Post-Ebola

Huffington Post: Bringing Resiliency and Normalcy to Ebola-Free Liberia Jolene Mullins, Liberia country representative for Project Concern International (PCI) “…Even with the significant achievements made to date, Liberia needs more health workers, supplies, resources, and infrastructure to protect against future outbreaks. Chaos has ended but rebuilding a country’s structure takes…

Global Health Officials To Study Post-Ebola Symptoms Among Survivors

Washington Post: With many Ebola survivors ailing, doctors evaluate situation “Lingering health problems afflicting many of the roughly 13,000 Ebola survivors have galvanized global and local health officials to find out how widespread the ailments are and how to remedy them. The World Health Organization calls it an emergency within…

MERS Vaccine Research Progresses As Saudi Arabia Faces Outbreak Ahead Of Hajj

Foreign Policy: As Saudi Arabia Grapples With MERS Outbreak, a Vaccine Is in Sight “Just one month before the beginning of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage of more than two million Muslims to Mecca, an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh has sparked…

Saudi Arabia Working To Stem Surge Of New MERS Cases Ahead Of Hajj Pilgrimage

New York Times: New Surge of MERS Infections Hits Saudi Arabia “Saudi Arabia is facing a new surge in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome, a viral disease that has infected more than 1,100 people and killed more than 480 in the kingdom since it appeared in 2012. … The…

Sierra Leone Officials Hopeful Country’s Ebola Outbreak Over After Nearly 4K Deaths

The Guardian: Ebola in Sierra Leone: after 4,000 deaths, outbreak all but over “The long-running Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone is all but over after nearly 13,500 cases and almost 4,000 deaths, those fighting the disease believe. The last case in Sierra Leone was an eight-month-old child, who was hospitalized…

UNICEF Responds To Sierra Leone’s Latest Ebola Outbreak With WASH, Social Support

Huffington Post: Protecting The Most Vulnerable in Sierra Leone’s Latest Ebola Outbreak David Bull, executive director of UNICEF U.K. “…UNICEF supported the response to [the latest Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone’s Massesebe Village] by providing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) supplies, by supporting social mobilization activities in Massesebe and the…

Typhoid Outbreak Reported Among Palestinian Refugees In Syria

New York Times: Syria: Typhoid Threatens Refugees “A typhoid outbreak is threatening displaced Palestinian residents from the Yarmouk refugee camp outside Damascus, Syria, the United Nations reported Wednesday…” (Gladstone, 8/19). U.N. News Centre: Syria: U.N. agency reaches areas near Yarmouk camp as typhoid outbreak hits Palestinian refugees “… ‘Amidst reports…

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