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World Bank Pledges Additional $100M For Ebola HCWs In West Africa

Media sources report on a new World Bank pledge of an additional $100 million to help speed new health workers to West African nations affected by Ebola. Agence France-Presse: World Bank gives $100 mn for Ebola health workers in W. Africa “The World Bank said Thursday it was immediately providing $100 million to support the…More

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Nations In Americas Agree To Coordinate Ebola Responses

Associated Press: Nations in Americas join in battle against Ebola “Representatives of countries from around the Americas, including the United States, have agreed to work together in their response to Ebola, adopting similar procedures in such things as the establishment of epidemiological monitoring centers and coordinating the transport of biological samples…” (Rodriguez, 10/30).

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HHS, Homeland Security Heads To Testify On Ebola At Senate Appropriations Hearing

The Hill: HHS, DHS chiefs to testify on Ebola funding “Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are among the witnesses expected to testify on the government’s response to Ebola at an upcoming Senate Appropriations Committee hearing…” (Shabad, 10/30).

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U.S. States’ Policies For Isolating Ebola Workers Vary; MSF Says Some Policies ‘Chilling’…

News outlets report on U.S. states’ various isolation policies for Ebola workers returned from West Africa, and MSF’s comments on how some policies are impacting its workforce. New York Times: From Governors, a Mix of Hard-Line Acts and Conciliation Over Ebola “…As more doctors and nurses return from Ebola-stricken countries in West Africa, public anxiety has…More

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U.S. Officials, European Consortium At Odds Over Ebola Drug Trials Lacking Control Arms

Wall Street Journal: Europeans’ Plan to do Uncontrolled Ebola Trial Draws Fire “A consortium including European universities and medical groups plans to give experimental drugs to West African Ebola patients without assigning some to a placebo group, touching off an intense trans-Atlantic quarrel over what is ethical and effective in treating the virus. … That…More

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TIME Discusses WHO’s Response To Ebola Outbreak, Interviews Director-General Chan

TIME Magazine discusses the WHO’s response to the West African Ebola outbreak and features an interview with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. TIME: The World Health Organization Comes Under Fire for Failure to Stop Ebola “The agency has been missing in action at a critical time…” (Walt, 10/30). TIME: WHO Chief Says Ebola Response ‘Did Not…More

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Ebola Epidemic Forcing WFP To Operate Beyond Core Mission, Official Says

The Guardian: Scale of Ebola epidemic in Guinea forces WFP into uncharted territory “…Elisabeth Faure, WFP’s Guinea director, said the scale of the [Ebola] epidemic was forcing the organization to operate far beyond its core emergency mission of getting $25m (£15.5m) of food to at least 353,000 people. As well as distributing the food, she…More

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Ebola To Worsen Economies Of West African Nations, Experts Fear

News outlets report on the economic damage expected to occur in West Africa as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Reuters: IMF sees large financing needs next year for Ebola-hit countries “The International Monetary Fund foresees large financing needs next year in the three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola…More

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Ebola Epidemic Testing Liberia President Johnson Sirleaf’s Legacy, New York Times Reports

New York Times: Liberia’s Ebola Crisis Puts President in Harsh Light “…For the last eight years, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 76, has walked a precarious political tightrope. As Liberia’s first elected leader after a devastating civil war, she has juggled enemies and allies while pushing this country on its first sustained course of economic growth…More

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Liberia’s Minister Of Gender, Development Discusses Impact Of Ebola On Women

Ebola Deeply: Ebola and Women: Julia Duncan-Cassell, Liberia’s Minister of Gender “In Liberia, women — the primary caregivers at home and in health centers — have been hit particularly hard by the Ebola outbreak. Liberia’s Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan-Cassell, spoke to Ebola Deeply about how women are suffering the consequences, while serving…More

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Ebola Conditions Improve In Liberia, Set To Worsen In Sierra Leone, Experts Say

News outlets report on the situations in Liberia, where progress is being made against Ebola, and Sierra Leone, where officials are looking at emergency transport solutions and warning the conditions will worsen. Associated Press: Ebola: Danger in Sierra Leone, progress in Liberia “Liberia is making some progress in containing the Ebola outbreak while the crisis…More

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U.N.’s Ban Launches Global Campaign To End FGM

News outlets report on the launch of a U.N. campaign to end female genital mutilation. Agence France-Presse: U.N. chief launches campaign to end female genital mutilation “U.N.

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Cardiovascular Disease Top Health Challenge In Africa, But Funding Reflects Different Narrative

The Atlantic: Africa’s Top Health Challenge: Cardiovascular Disease “…[W]hile donors have poured resources into fighting infectious diseases, non-communicable, chronic diseases have quietly but rapidly ascended the morbidity and mortality ladders, especially high blood pressure, or hypertension. Today, cardiovascular disease is the number-one cause of death in sub-Saharan Africa in adults over the age of 30.…More

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DfID Must Address Corruption That Impacts Poor, Especially Women, Girls, U.K. Aid Watchdog…

The Guardian: DfID not doing enough to protect poor from corruption, says aid watchdog “The U.K.’s Department for International Development (DfID) is failing to address the petty but widespread corruption that blights the daily lives of the world’s poorest people and has a particularly corrosive impact on women and girls, Britain’s aid watchdog has warned.…More

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