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Health Systems Cannot Keep Up With Ebola Cases, WHO Says; Death Toll Passes 2,400

News outlets report on the rising Ebola death toll in West Africa. CNN: West African health centers can’t keep up with Ebola outbreak, WHO says “The number of new Ebola cases is growing faster than the ability of health officials to handle them, the head of the World Health Organization…

U.N. Will Keep Peacekeeping Forces In Liberia To Support Nation During Ebola Outbreak

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. will ‘stay the course’ in Liberia, peacekeeping chief says “The United Nations will continue to stand by Liberia and its neighbors currently battling an ‘unprecedented’ Ebola outbreak, the organization’s peacekeeping chief pledged today in Monrovia, spotlighting his mission to assess how the U.N. can further…

WHO To Announce Global Health Initiative On Needle Safety

TIME: WHO to Start New Global Health Initiative For Needle Safety “At the TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that the organization will announce its third-ever global health initiative and policy in October. The initiative this time is…

Nearly Half Of Girls In South Asia Marry By Age 18

Associated Press: UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asia girls marry by 18 “Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday…” (Olson, 9/11).

Global Food Prices Drop To 4-Year Low, FAO Reports

News outlets report on a drop in global food prices recorded by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Bloomberg News: Food Prices Drop to 4-Year Low on Tumbling Milk to Oils “Food prices fell to the lowest in almost four years in August as costs of milk, cheese, and cooking…

Global Burden Of Disease Data Show Ending AIDS Epidemic Possible

The Lancet: MDG 6 and beyond: from halting and reversing AIDS to ending the epidemic Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS executive director; Mark Dybul, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria executive director; and Deborah Birx, ambassador-at-large and U.S. global AIDS coordinator “…Overall, [the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s (IHME)…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding West African Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Washington Post: The world yawns as Ebola takes hold in West Africa Richard Besser, chief health editor at ABC News “…There’s no cure for Ebola, but supportive treatment as simple as supplementary fluids can save lives and…

CFR Senior Fellow Laurie Garrett Speaks About Ebola Outbreak

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “NewPublicHealth”: The Ebola Response: Q&A with Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations “NewPublicHealth” interviews Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, about the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa (9/9).

U.N. Humanitarian Chief Allocates $4M To Support Ebola Operations In West Africa

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. relief chief allocates $4 million to bolster aid deliveries in West Africa “To help offset disruptions in aid delivery caused by travel restrictions on Ebola-affected countries, the top United Nations relief official today approved an emergency allocation of nearly $4 million for the U.N. Humanitarian…