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Ebola Response Must Be Linked To Health Systems Strengthening, Paul Farmer Says

Washington Post: Paul Farmer on Ebola: “This isn’t a natural disaster, this is the terrorism of poverty” “…[Paul Farmer, Harvard professor and co-founder of Partners in Health,] argues that the only way to solve these epidemics is to focus on the four S’s — stuff, staff, space, and systems. ‘All…

Women’s Reproductive Rights At Risk Of Being De-Emphasized As U.N. Drafts SDGs

The Nation: Will the U.N.’s New Development Goals Downplay the Need for Gender Equality? “As the 193 member countries of the United Nations struggle to agree on development priorities to be adopted next year, the rights of women and sexual minorities have again become a contentious issue. … [A]s the…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Epidemic

The following editorial and opinion pieces address different aspects of the Ebola epidemic. New York Times: Stopping Ebola in America Editorial Board “…[I]t makes sense to add another layer of protection at airports in this country. Travelers from West Africa could be asked to fill out an additional questionnaire, on…

U.S. Government Blog Posts Discuss U.S Response To Ebola, Health Systems Strengthening

Blog posts from USAID and the State Department discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic and the importance of strengthening health care systems. USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: At the Heart of Ebola — Health Systems That Need Strengthening Chris Thomas, communications adviser in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, discusses the U.S.…

Budget, Staff Cuts Weakened Global Responses To Ebola, Media Outlets Report

News outlets report on international responses to the Ebola epidemic, including how budget and staff cuts are hindering efficiencies. Bloomberg Businessweek: Ebola Flew to Dallas as Budgets to Fight Disease Waned “The loss of tens of thousands of public health jobs and smaller research budgets for infectious disease is leaving…

U.S. House Appropriators Request Ebola Plan; DoD Authorizes 1K Additional Troops

News outlets report that U.S. House appropriators have requested an Ebola response plan from the Obama administration, while the Department of Defense announced additional troops have been authorized for the response in West Africa. CQ News: Appropriators Seek More Information on Ebola Response Costs “The House’s top appropriators are requesting…

U.S. Health Officials Move To Calm Fears Over Ebola As Epidemic Becomes Political Issue

News outlets report on U.S. health officials’ efforts to reduce fears of a widespread Ebola outbreak after a Texas hospital isolated the first Ebola patient in the country and how the Ebola epidemic is becoming a U.S. domestic political issue ahead of the November mid-term elections. Associated Press: Health officials:…

Health Officials’ Handling Of First U.S. Ebola Case Raises Questions

News outlets report on issues surrounding the first U.S. Ebola case, including how the case is being handled by health officials. New York Times: Dallas Hospital Alters Account, Raising Questions on Ebola Case “Health officials’ handling of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States continued to raise questions…

News Outlets Report On Medical Research Surrounding Ebola, Other NTDs

News outlets report on medical research related to potential Ebola treatments and vaccines, as well as research related to other neglected tropical diseases. The Guardian: Ebola is in America — and, finally, within range of Big Pharma “As the Ebola epidemic continues to rage in West Africa, with more than…

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