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U.S. Embargo Delays WHO Payments To Cuban Ebola Doctors In Sierra Leone

Associated Press: U.S. embargo stalled payment to Cuban Ebola doctors “Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the U.S. embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organization, an official at the U.N. agency said. … The embargo issue…

UNICEF Expands Ebola Appeal To $500M, Says Only 24% Of Funding Secured

Agence France-Presse: UNICEF ups Ebola fight, needs $500mn for next six months “The U.N. children’s agency said Friday it was scaling up efforts to fight Ebola, including to help thousands of children in West Africa orphaned by the deadly virus…” (12/12). UNICEF: To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based…

UNFPA Humanitarian Response Head Speaks About Gender Bias In Ebola Epidemic

Ebola Deeply: Ebola’s Gender Bias: The Triple Threat Facing Women “Directly or indirectly, women and girls are statistically more likely to be affected by Ebola than men. Ebola Deeply spoke with Ugochi Daniels, who heads UNFPA’s Humanitarian Response, about Ebola’s gender bias. … ‘If you’re a woman in an Ebola-affected…

Up To 10,000 Ebola Orphans Face Stigma In West Africa

New York Times: An Ebola Orphan’s Plea in Africa: ‘Do You Want Me?’ “…Ebola has been wretched for children. More than 3,500 have been infected and at least 1,200 have died, United Nations officials estimate. … The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, says that across the region there may…

Malaria Funding From All Sources Must Be Doubled

New York Times: Fragile Gains Against Malaria Editorial Board “The global battle against malaria, a mosquito-borne infectious disease, continues to yield impressive gains, but it is encountering new obstacles that threaten future progress. It is imperative that funding from all sources be doubled to solidify the achievements and move toward…

More Nations Must Accept Syrian Refugees To Alleviate Crisis

New York Times: Still Failing Syria’s Refugees Editorial Board “The international community is expected to offer shelter and support to more than 100,000 additional Syrian refugees, who have been forced from their homes by their country’s bloody civil war. That is progress — but it is not nearly enough when…

Ebola Response Must Strengthen West Africa’s Health Care Systems, Officials Say

NPR: Officials Hope To Use Ebola To Build Africa’s Health Care Capabilities “…[A]id officials are hoping [Ebola] may help to address long-festering shortcomings in West Africa’s health care systems. … [T]alk in the international community is about moving from crisis management to long-term change — building systems that not only…

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