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U.N. Warns Funding For Ebola Response ‘Lagging’

News outlets report on U.N. warnings that funding to address the Ebola epidemic is “lagging.” The Hill: U.N. warns anti-Ebola funds ‘lagging’ “Only one-quarter of the nearly $1 billion pledged to fight Ebola has been handed out, the United Nations said Friday. The affected countries in Africa have received $256…

Budget, Staff Cuts Weakened Global Responses To Ebola, Media Outlets Report

News outlets report on international responses to the Ebola epidemic, including how budget and staff cuts are hindering efficiencies. Bloomberg Businessweek: Ebola Flew to Dallas as Budgets to Fight Disease Waned “The loss of tens of thousands of public health jobs and smaller research budgets for infectious disease is leaving…

U.S. House Appropriators Request Ebola Plan; DoD Authorizes 1K Additional Troops

News outlets report that U.S. House appropriators have requested an Ebola response plan from the Obama administration, while the Department of Defense announced additional troops have been authorized for the response in West Africa. CQ News: Appropriators Seek More Information on Ebola Response Costs “The House’s top appropriators are requesting…

Majority Of World’s Donors Failed To Meet Aid Pledges In 2013, Report Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: World’s richest nations fail to meet aid pledges: report “The majority of the world’s rich donor nations failed to meet their development aid pledges in 2013 and only one third of the money went to the poorest countries, a report said on Monday. Aid by members of…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ongoing Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces address various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. Wall Street Journal: The Ebola Stand Editorial Board “…Ebola is stoppable and there’s little reason to think that the world’s leading disease experts at the CDC aren’t ready to combat its spread — except these days government…

Blog Posts Highlight Grand Challenges In Global Health

Two posts in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog discuss Grand Challenges. Impatient Optimists: How Do We Measure the Value of Grand Challenges? Steven Buchsbaum, deputy director of discovery and translational sciences in the Global Health Program of the Gates Foundation, discusses how different Grand Challenges projects…

Congress Members Speak Out On U.S. Ebola Response; Sen. Moran Calls For ‘Ebola Czar’

News outlets report on U.S. Congress members’ comments on the Ebola epidemic, including calls for an “Ebola czar.” BuzzFeed: Who’s Actually Leading The U.S. Response To The Ebola Epidemic “America’s Ebola effort lacks a leader, a key senator told BuzzFeed News. With Ebola cases doubling every 24 days in Liberia…

Room For E.U. To Improve Its Global Health Involvement, Experts Say

EurActiv: E.U. punching below its weight on global health issues “The Ebola crisis and immunization campaigns in Africa have demonstrated the E.U.’s added value in addressing global health issues. But there is still potential to improve if E.U. countries were less ‘suspicious’ of each other, health experts say…” (Jacobsen, 10/3).

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…