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Opinions, Editorial Discuss Response To Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Washington Post: Can the World Health Organization lead? Do we want it to? Jeremy Youde, associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota Duluth “On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO)…

U.S.-Funded Program Strengthens Medical Education In Africa

New York Times: Africa, With U.S. Help, Graduates More Doctors “An ambitious United States government project to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is reporting broad progress in addressing the continent’s critical shortages of physicians and health care workers…” (Saint Louis, 8/11).

Health Care Workers Face Threat Of Ebola Infections

News outlets report on efforts to reduce Ebola infections among health care workers. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Must reduce infections among doctors, nurses to get Ebola under control, USAID says “Reducing Ebola infections among doctors, nurses, and morgue workers is a priority in the struggle to control the outbreak of the…

Important To Protect Health Care Workers In Ebola Outbreak

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: One Lesson for Ebola from HIV: Donors Must Help Protect Health Workers CGD Senior Fellow Mead Over discusses the importance of protecting health care workers involved with treating Ebola patients in West Africa (8/15).

2013 Most Dangerous Year For Humanitarian Workers, Study Says

To mark World Humanitarian Day, The Guardian reports on a recently released study on the plight of humanitarian workers and profiles 10 aid workers. The Guardian: Deaths of humanitarian aid workers reach record high “Last year was the most dangerous on record for humanitarian workers, with 155 killed, 171 seriously…

Ebola Health Workers Face Challenging Conditions, Long Hours

Associated Press: Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors “Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren’t the only problem: Health workers struggle to…

‘We Must Support Humanitarians Every Day,’ State Department Official Says

State Department’s “DipNote”: World Humanitarian Day 2014: Risking Their Lives for Others Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne Richard discusses her experience meeting humanitarian aid and health workers during her travels, writing, “…We must support humanitarians every day of the year. On World Humanitarian Day, we…

Ebola Death Toll Rises To More Than 600 In West Africa

News outlets report on the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: West Africa Ebola toll hits 603 “The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia…” (7/15).…