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Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Ongoing Ebola Outbreak

An editorial and several opinion pieces address the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Lancet: Ebola: a failure of international collective action Editorial Board “…Although WHO is now leading the international response to the crisis, it was initially slow to act at the high level that was needed. … The crisis shows…

Number Of Ebola Deaths Reaches 1,350 In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on new WHO estimates on the number of deaths recorded in the West African Ebola outbreak and ask researchers and aid workers about the potential for underestimating the case numbers. Associated Press: WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350 “The World Health Organization says the…

U.N. Coordinator On Ebola Begins West Africa Trip To Address Outbreak Response

News outlets report on David Nabarro, the U.N. system coordinator on Ebola, who is traveling to West Africa this week to address issues surrounding the outbreak. Agence France-Presse: U.N. Ebola czar visits West Africa after violent clashes “The U.N.’s new pointman on Ebola was due to arrive in West Africa…

Humanitarian Airlift To Northern Iraq Begins, U.N. Agency Says

News outlets report on the U.N.’s humanitarian airlift to northern Iraq that began on Wednesday. Reuters: Aid airlift to northern Iraq has started, U.N. says “A humanitarian airlift to northern Iraq began on Wednesday, kicking off a 10-day operation to provide tents and other aid to half a million displaced…

Despite Anti-Child Marriage Law, India Home To One In Three Child Brides Globally

Inter Press Service: India: Home to One in Three Child Brides “…A recent United Nations report entitled ‘Ending Child Marriage — Progress and Prospects’ found that, despite the existence of a stringent anti-child marriage law, India ranks sixth among countries with the highest prevalence of child marriages across the globe…”…

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…

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