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Size of Ebola Outbreak ‘Vastly Underestimated,’ WHO Says

News outlets report on the most recent Ebola statistics compiled by the WHO, as well as the WHO’s assessment that the outbreak in West Africa is likely “vastly underestimated.” Al Jazeera: WHO: Ebola outbreak vastly underestimated “Though more than 1,000 people have died in the world’s worst ever outbreak, the…

Ukraine Faces Worsening Health Care Conditions Amid Conflict, Experts Warn

Media outlets discuss Ukraine’s worsening health care conditions amid conflict. Inter Press Service: TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict “Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health…” (Stracansky, 8/17). U.N. News Centre:…

More Remains To Be Done To Reach MDGs In Last 500 Days

Huffington Post: How Many Lives Can We Save In 500 Days? Ray Chambers, U.N. Special Envoy for Health Financing “…[W]ith only 500 days remaining, I find myself thinking about what can still be done to improve the chances of reaching [the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)]. Three things rise to the…

Food Aid Needs To Consider Local Economies

The Guardian: Fed on food aid: does emergency nutrition cripple local economies? Matthew Jenkin, editor of Guardian Careers “In July news broke that local micronutrient producers in Haiti were in danger of going out of business because of the actions of NGOs. The non-profit Meds & Food for Kids (MFK)…

‘Science Speaks’ Examines Discussions On WHO Ebola Drug Recommendations

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: As Ebola toll grows, WHO calls for experimental drug use, and ‘lessons of AIDS’ play out Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, examines discussions around the WHO’s recommendation for the…

Canada To Donate Quantity Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine To WHO For Use In Africa

Reuters: Exclusive: Canada to donate its own Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa “Canada will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa, the country’s health minister said on Tuesday…” (Nickel/Begley, 8/12).

Coverage Continues On U.N. Panel’s Endorsement To Use Untested Ebola Drugs

News outlets continue coverage on the U.N.’s endorsement of and ethics around the use of untested Ebola drugs. Associated Press/Washington Post: U.N.: OK to use untested Ebola drugs in outbreak “The World Health Organization declared it’s ethical to use untested drugs and vaccines in the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West…

Proliferation Of High-Profile Conflicts Results In Overload For Aid Agencies, NGOs

The Guardian: Gaza, Ebola, Iraq … are we approaching disaster overload? Sam Jones, reporter “Reflecting on the responses to the number of man-made emergencies detonating or still smoldering around the world earlier this year, from Syria to Ukraine and from Nigeria and South Sudan to Central African Republic (CAR), Kofi…