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Ebola Death Toll Rises To Nearly 2,300, WHO Says

News outlets report on WHO’s announcement Tuesday that Ebola has claimed nearly 2,300 lives. Agence France-Presse: Ebola kills 2,300, nearly half of deaths in past 21 days: WHO “The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has claimed nearly 2,300 lives, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, stressing that nearly half had…

Ebola Threatens Liberia’s National Existence, Country’s Defense Minister Warns

News outlets report on the worsening Ebola outbreak and Liberia’s national defense minister’s comments that the outbreak is threatening the nation’s existence. Agence France-Presse: Ebola threatening Liberia’s existence, minister warns “Ebola is threatening the very existence of Liberia as the killer virus spreads like ‘wild fire,’ the defense minister warned,…

Emergency Ebola Research Funding Call Closes To Applications

SciDev.Net: Emergency Ebola research funding edges closer “A funding call for research to inform the management of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed more than 2,000 people, closed to applications [Monday]. The emergency research funding call was announced last month (21 August), giving expert teams from around…

Pakistan’s Polio Case Numbers Rise As Taliban Enforces Vaccination Ban

Bloomberg News: Polio Cases Jump in Pakistan Amid Taliban Vaccination Ban “Pakistan reported 11 new cases of polio on a single day last week, bringing this year’s official count to 138, a four-fold increase from last year, as the crippling disease spreads amid Islamist militancy and suspicion…” (Anis/Gokhale, 9/8).

WFP Starts Emergency Food Airdrops In S. Sudan

Wall Street Journal: Airdrops Aim to Ease Sudan Suffering “The World Food Programme has started emergency airdrops of food to millions of people isolated by conflict and rainy conditions in South Sudan, the food agency said Monday, in the latest effort to address an unfolding crisis in the world’s youngest…

Food Aid Can Fuel International Conflict

Huffington Post Canada: Why Food Aid Fuels International Conflict Patricia Adams, executive director of Probe International, and Brady Yauch, an economist with Probe International “…A 10 percent increase in food aid delivered to a country will, on average, increase the incidence of conflict by four percent. Food aid also increases…

Fighting In Pakistan Impacts Country’s Efforts To Eradicate Polio

New York Times: How Fighting in Pakistan Affects War Against Polio “Fierce fighting in Pakistan is harming and helping the country’s drive to eradicate polio. … [I]n three months of fighting between the armed forces and the Taliban, nearly a million people have been displaced, spreading the virus, according to…

More Than 1M Somalis Urgently Need Food Aid, U.N. Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: One million Somalis starve as towns besieged and food prices quadruple “More than a million hungry Somalis urgently need food aid due to worsening drought and conflict, a 20 percent increase since January, the U.N. said on Tuesday…” (Migiro, 9/2).