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Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Outbreak

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the ongoing Ebola outbreak. New York Times: Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola Editorial Board “Cuba is an impoverished island that remains largely cut off from the world … Yet, having pledged to deploy hundreds of medical professionals to the front…

Brazilian Authorities Make Arrests Related To Illegal Abortion Clinics

New York Times: Brazil Cracks Down on Illegal Abortion Clinics “The police in Rio de Janeiro said on Tuesday that they had arrested more than 50 people suspected of working in clandestine abortion clinics. Abortion is illegal in Brazil in most circumstances, allowed only when the woman’s life is in…

Blog Post Discusses Ecuador’s Elimination Of Onchocerciasis

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Ecuador Eliminates Onchocerciasis Julie Jacobson, senior program officer for infectious diseases in the foundation’s global health program, discusses the elimination of onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, in Ecuador, as well as efforts to address other neglected tropical diseases (10/14).

Cuba Sends Scores Of HCWs To West Africa, Outpacing Some Larger Nations

Wall Street Journal: Cuban Doctors at the Forefront of Ebola Battle in Africa “With risks growing that Ebola could flare on foreign shores, the U.S. is calling for nations to dispatch doctors and nurses to West Africa, where thousands of lives are on the line. Few have heeded the call,…

World Bank Pledges $50M To Fight Cholera, Improve WASH In Haiti

News outlets report on the World Bank’s pledge of $50 million to help fight cholera in Haiti by improving sanitation and access to clean water in the country’s endemic areas. Miami Herald: World Bank pledges $50 million to help fight cholera in Haiti’s ‘hot spots’ “The World Bank is pledging…

Ecuador Eliminates River Blindness

Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect”: Ecuador Becomes Second Country in the World to Eliminate River Blindness Angad Dhindsa of the Global Network highlights Ecuador’s elimination of onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness (10/8).

Haiti Water, Sanitation Challenges To Be Discussed At Donor Meeting In Washington

Miami Herald: Haiti’s sanitation needs to be focus of meeting in capitol “Four years after cholera arrived in Haiti, the country still is trying to curb the epidemic, even as it sees significant drops in the numbers of people succumbing to the deadly waterborne disease. Still, more than 30 people…