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News Outlets Report On Ebola’s Toll On Liberia

News outlets report on issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, including the toll the disease is having on cultural norms, like hugging, the daily routine of an Ebola ward, and the prevalence of orphans in the country. The Atlantic: Ebola’s Territory: A Land Without Human Touch (Beck, 10/7). New…

Foreign Policy Examines Ebola’s Impact On Guinea

Foreign Policy: The Toxic Politics of Ebola “…With borders closed, quarantines imposed, and West African economies left in shambles, there is also a growing fear that what began as a public health crisis is quickly morphing into a full-blown catastrophe for Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, countries already struggling with…

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…

U.S. Government Blog Posts Discuss U.S Response To Ebola, Health Systems Strengthening

Blog posts from USAID and the State Department discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic and the importance of strengthening health care systems. USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: At the Heart of Ebola — Health Systems That Need Strengthening Chris Thomas, communications adviser in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, discusses the U.S.…

Guardian Interviews Bill Gates On Ebola

The Guardian: Bill Gates on Ebola and the low risk of the disease in the U.S.: ‘Health is very unjust’ “…The Guardian asked [Bill] Gates a few questions about the [Ebola] epidemic. … What do you think when you see the focus that’s been put on Ebola, knowing the number…

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…

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…

Systems in Liberia Contributing To Ebola’s Spread

Agence France-Presse: Backstory of U.S. Ebola victim exposes Liberia failings “The story of how the first Ebola victim diagnosed in the U.S. caught the disease has exposed the multiple failings in his home country of Liberia, where poverty, an overloaded health care system and an unresponsive government have deepened the…

Blog Posts Discuss Ebola Epidemic

The following blog posts discuss different aspects of the ongoing Ebola epidemic. Center for Global Development’s “Views From The Center”: Finding a Cure for Ebola (Barder, 10/3). Council of Council’s “Global Memos”: Ebola and Cultures of Engagement: Chinese Versus Western Health Diplomacy (Penfold/Fourie, 10/3). Humanosphere: Fix health systems, solve Ebola…