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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…

South Sudanese Face Lack Of Health Care, Food Insecurity, Sexual Violence

News outlets report on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where violence is impeding access to health care and threatening famine. In addition, a U.N. envoy warns about the damage to future generations from sexual violence. The Lancet: Fighting restricts access to health care in South Sudan “…The fighting that…

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…

Global Agenda Must Integrate Mental Health

Washington Post: Global agenda must include mental health Annie Sovcik, director of the Washington office of the Center for Victims of Torture “Access to mental health and psychosocial support must be an integral part of the global health agenda. … Global leaders recently convened in Washington to advance the Global…

Auditors Criticize E.U. Post-Earthquake Aid To Haiti, Prompting Review Of Operations

Devex: Auditors verdict on E.U. aid to post-earthquake Haiti: Not effective enough “The European Court of Auditors gave a critical assessment of relief efforts undertaken by the European Commission following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Based on the lessons learned during the intervening period, Devex has learned that the…

Ebola Death Toll Reaches 3,338; Cases Likely Under-Reported, WHO Reports

News outlets report on the WHO’s updated numbers of Ebola cases and deaths, as well as the agency’s warnings the epidemic is not yet under control. Reuters: Ebola deaths reach 3,338, but widely undercounted, WHO says “The death toll from the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record reached 3,338 people…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For ‘Unprecedented Cooperation’ To Address Mutliple Global Crises

U.N. News Centre: In Geneva, U.N. chief stresses central role of human rights in global humanitarian efforts “Amid mounting crises, a warming planet, and the spread of contagious diseases, the world is being consumed by ‘many troubles,’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Wednesday] as he pressed the international community…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various issues related to the Ebola epidemic. Vox: Why we fail at stopping outbreaks like Ebola Julia Belluz, health reporter, and Steven Hoffman, assistant professor at McMaster University and visiting assistant professor at Harvard University “…We’ve had outbreaks before, and they show us we’re not…

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