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NEJM Perspective Pieces Discuss Responses To West African Ebola Outbreak

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on Wednesday published several perspective pieces discussing the ongoing Ebola outbreak. NEJM: The International Ebola Emergency Sylvie Briand, director of the pandemic and epidemic diseases department (PED) at the WHO, and WHO colleagues “…These observations [about the Ebola outbreak] point to immediate priorities…

Ending Hunger Is ‘Feasible Objective’ In This Lifetime

Thomson Reuters Foundation: How to dramatically reduce hunger — even in very poor countries José Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “…The international community has an important role to play in enabling and supporting national efforts — in the identification and evaluation of…

U.N., U.S., African Development Bank Assist Nations Hit By Ebola

News outlets report on international efforts to assist West African nations affected by Ebola. Agence France-Presse: U.N. Ebola czar heads to West Africa “The U.N.’s new pointman on Ebola said Tuesday he will travel to West Africa this week to shore up health services in the four countries hit by…

MSF Officials Say International Community Must Do More To Address Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on statements from Médecins Sans Frontières officials encouraging a more robust international response to the West African Ebola outbreak. The Guardian: World leaders ‘failing to help’ over Ebola outbreak in Africa “The international community has made ‘almost zero’ response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with…

WHO Says Encouraging Signs Of Ebola Control In Nigeria, Guinea But Warns About Liberia

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. health agency reports encouraging signs in Nigeria, Guinea “While the trends of the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria and Guinea, where the virus made its first appearance in West Africa last December, have shown encouraging signs, the United Nations health agency today expressed concern about…

2013 Was Worst Year For Aid Workers, World Humanitarian Day Report Shows

News outlets report on World Humanitarian Day and discuss a report (.pdf) showing more aid workers died in 2013 than any other year. Devex: 2013 worst year ever for aid workers “2013 was the most dangerous year for aid workers since the international development community started gathering in 1997 official…

Investing In Women Key To MDG Success

Devex: How investing in women drives MDG success Leith Greenslade, vice chair of the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and co-chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance “The great lesson of the Millennium Development Goals is that women hold the…

Number Of Ebola Deaths Passes 1,200 In West Africa, WHO Says

The WHO reports the number of Ebola deaths in West Africa has surpassed 1,200. New York Times: Ebola Death Toll in West Africa Tops 1,200 “As West African nations grapple with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had…

WHO, Travel Groups Recommend Ebola-Hit Nations Screen Outbound Travelers

News outlets report on the WHO’s recommendations made Monday that Ebola-hit countries screen outbound travelers at border crossings. Associated Press: U.N. urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports “Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports, and major ground crossings, the U.N. health…

U.N. Launches 500 Days Of Action To Meet MDGs; Development Leaders Reflect On MDGs

News outlets report on the 2015 deadline to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which was 500 days away on Monday. The Guardian: How the MDGs have changed the world: eight leaders reflect “[A]s the 2015 deadline looms, we asked global development’s influencers and campaigners to reflect on how the…