News outlets report on social unrest in Liberia and Guinea, as quarantines are implemented and rumors spread about the Ebola virus outbreak. New York Times: As Ebola Grips Liberia’s Capital, a Quarantine Sows Social Chaos “…Isolating communities has succeeded in some rural areas in past [Ebola] outbreaks in Central Africa. But the quarantine of an…More
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News outlets report on a study published in Science that describes the genetic mutations taking place in the Ebola virus as it spreads among humans in the West African outbreak. Associated Press: Scientists dig into Ebola’s deadly genes for clues “…Stephen Gire and other health researchers on the ground in Africa had some hope that…More
CIDRAP News: WHO: Dead game animal sparked DRC Ebola outbreak “The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Ebola outbreak started with a pregnant woman who butchered a game animal, leading to a total of 24 suspected cases and 13 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced [Wednesday]…” (Roos, 8/27).
News outlets report on an Ebola vaccine human clinical trial scheduled to begin next week. ABC News: U.S. to Test Ebola Vaccine in Humans Amid Growing Outbreak in West Africa “U.S. scientists will begin testing an Ebola vaccine in humans next week, health officials announced today. But it could take 11 months to learn whether…More
News outlets report on travel warnings made by the U.K. in response to the West African Ebola outbreak. BBC News: Travel ban to Ebola affected countries, U.K. officials say “The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office says all travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia should be avoided — unless essential, due to the Ebola outbreak.…More
Reuters reports on several issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Reuters: IMF says Ebola having ‘acute’ impact on West African economies “The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola disease is likely to lead to ‘sharply’ lower growth in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone and raise financing needs in all three West African countries,…More
The Guardian discusses the issue of sanitation and its relevance to development and health outcomes globally. The Guardian: Lack of toilets blights the lives of 2.5bn people, U.N. chief warns “The world’s lack of progress in building toilets and ending open defecation is having a ‘staggering’ effect on the health, safety, education, prosperity, and dignity…More
Al Jazeera America: Unclogging Uganda’s rural sanitation crisis “…Poor sanitation and hygiene are contributing factors to three-quarters of the diseases found [in Uganda], according to Julian Kyomuhangi, assistant commissioner for environmental health at Uganda’s Ministry of Health. … Foreign aid officials working on sanitation in Uganda say the most effective model they’ve found is one…More
News outlets report on the U.N.’s announcement that more than three million refugees have fled Syria due to the country’s civil war. Agence France-Presse/The Guardian: Three million refugees have fled Syria, says U.N. “More than three million Syrians have fled the civil war ravaging their country to become refugees — a million of them in…More
Reuters: U.N. working to determine full scope of food crisis in South Sudan “Security concerns are preventing the United Nations gathering data from some areas of South Sudan to determine the full scope of a food crisis that could lead to full-blown famine by the end of the year, a World Food Programme (WFP) official…More
Reuters: Somalia donors must act now to avoid famine ‘catastrophe’: U.N. “War-ravaged Somalia is hurtling towards a second famine in three years that could be prevented if donors increased funding, Philippe Lazzarini, United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Somalia, said on Sunday…” (Jorgic, 8/29).
Inter Press Service: India: A Race to the Bottom with Antibiotic Overuse “In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned: ‘Combat Drug Resistance — No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow.’ The slogan was coined in honor of World Health Day, urging governments to ensure responsible use of antibiotics in order to prevent drug-resistant viruses and…More
Deutsche Welle: Climate change’s health toll: ‘We can save millions of lives, even now’ “While the effects of climate change on the environment are gaining wide attention, there’s a lack of awareness about the impact on human health. The WHO’s Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum tells DW how both can be addressed…” (Rasper, 8/28).