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WHO Declares Senegal, Nigeria Ebola-Free

News outlets report on the WHO announcements that both Senegal and Nigeria have been declared Ebola-free. The Atlantic: Senegal Is Declared Free of Ebola “On Friday, as the White House made the essentially symbolic gesture of appointing a ‘czar’ to contain the American outbreak, some 4,000 miles to the east,…

Leaked Draft WHO Document Faults ‘Nearly Everyone’ For Slow Ebola Response; Agency Will Not Comment Until Final Document Complete

News outlets report on a leaked internal draft WHO document that faults the agency’s and others’ response to the Ebola epidemic. Associated Press: Mission Unaccomplished: Containing Ebola in Africa “Looking back, the mistakes are easy to see: Waiting too long, spending too little, relying on the wrong people, thinking small…

UNMEER To Ensure Coordinated Support For National Ebola Response Plans

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. to consult West African governments on coordinating global crisis response “…According to a press release from the Ghana-based U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), [Saturday's] meeting produced an operational framework to ensure the wider U.N. system adopts a unified and coordinated approach to the…

Underreporting Of Cases Likely In West African Ebola Epidemic

News outlets examine the challenges of collecting accurate data on how many people have become infected with or died from Ebola in West Africa. The Guardian: Ebola: Liberia deaths ‘far higher than reported’ as officials downplay epidemic “The true death toll from the Ebola epidemic is being masked by chaotic…

U.N. Marks International Day For Eradication Of Poverty

U.N. News Centre: On international Day, Ban declares eradication of poverty a ‘most fundamental obligation’ “Amid pronounced increases in global inequality, the United Nations marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty [on Friday] with calls to accelerate efforts in eliminating poverty in all its forms…” (10/17).

U.N. Partnership With Media Outlets Aims To Increase Hunger, Nutrition Awareness

U.N. News Centre: Global media giants, U.N. agency team up in ongoing fight against hunger “Two new partnerships between the United Nations food agency and independent media outlets will help promote greater awareness about food and nutrition-related issues while providing greater ammunition in the global fight against hunger, the Organization…

Somalis Risk Hunger Without Food And Security Improvements, U.N. Official Says

VOA News: U.N.: Somalis Need Food, Not Just Security Improvements “The United Nations envoy in Somalia is warning that political and security improvements are not enough to stop hunger and stave off a worsening humanitarian crisis. At least one million Somalis are at risk of starvation, according to U.N. officials…”…

Ivory Coast, Mali Preparing For Ebola

Reuters: WHO to test Ebola preparedness in Ivory Coast and Mali “The World Health Organization will send experts to test the Ebola-preparedness measures in Ivory Coast and Mali, the two countries at greatest risk of being the next to be affected by the epidemic, WHO’s health security response chief Isabelle…