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Lessons from the front lines

In the midst of the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a 21-year-old Guinean student came to a Dakar health clinic with symptoms of fever and diarrhea. The doctor considered Ebola, which had killed more than 1,000 people in neighboring Guinea. But the patient wasn’t bleeding. He denied having been in contact with Ebola patients […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesIn Davos, Rx for epidemics: tech partnershipsInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOur 8 favorite photos of 2016 ;

CDC details two years of Ebola response

Categories: U.S. Policy and Funding, UncategorizedMarking two years since launching the longest emergency response in its history, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an account today of its work since 2014 to control Ebola in West Africa, as well as at home. In a more than 100-page supplement to its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the agency […](Read more…)

WHO | Community health worker programmes after the 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak

WHO Bulletin article published in July 2016 Source: WHO | Community health worker programmes after the 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak


Blog Post Highlights Study On Household Ebola Transmissions In Sierra Leone

IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: Ebola study in Sierra Leone community finds a third of households with an infected member saw transmissions to others Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases examining household spread of Ebola during the West African outbreak of 2014-2016. In Sierra…More

WHO Africa Regional Director Moeti Discusses Agency’s Funding Challenges, Lessons Learned…

Al Jazeera: WHO: Africa’s health care suffering from lack of funding “A lack of funding is hampering the fight to improve health care in Africa, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) regional director for the continent has warned, calling for additional resources to improve access to life-saving treatments. … Al Jazeera spoke to Dr. Matshidiso Moeti,…More

West African Nations Affected By Ebola Addressing Outbreak-Related Corruption, Fraud Charges

USA TODAY: There’s a new Ebola epidemic facing African nations: This one involves corruption “Barely two years after West African nations defeated a deadly Ebola scourge, they are confronting a new epidemic: corruption. … In an internal audit, the Switzerland-based Red Cross said it discovered inflated purchase orders, payments to non-existent workers, and padded expense…More

Ebola Survivors In Sierra Leone, Liberia Demand Government, Red Cross Be Held Responsible For…

Reuters: Ebola victims sue Sierra Leone government over mismanaged funds “Two Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone filed a lawsuit in a regional court on Friday, accusing the government of mismanaging funds during an epidemic that killed more than 3,000 people in the West African nation…” (Fofana/Bavier, 12/15). VOA News: Sierra Leone Health Workers Sue Government…More

Ebola Survivors Continue To Produce Antibodies 40 Years After Initial Infection, Research Shows

Nature: Ebola survivors still immune to virus after 40 years “Survivors of the world’s first known Ebola outbreak have immunity to the virus 40 years after they were infected, scientists have found…” (Hayden, 12/14). Science: Forty years later, Ebola survivors are still making antibodies to the lethal virus “…The find bolsters the widely held assumption…More

‘Science Speaks’ Highlights CDC’s Global Health Security Supplement, Discusses Impact Of…

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Ebola stories highlight global health security needs, efforts, progress in emerging infections detection, prevention, response Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses the CDC’s recently released Global Health Security Supplement, published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, which documents the progress in and challenges to enhancing global…More

Pneumonia Can Be Effectively Treated, Prevented With Investments In Health Care Systems, Global…

Devex: Opinion: 3 ways to end preventable child deaths from pneumonia Marian Blondeel, senior communications specialist at the Malaria Consortium “Pneumonia is the deadliest infectious disease among children under the age of five worldwide — more than HIV, tuberculosis, Zika, Ebola, and malaria combined. … Shockingly, these deaths can be largely prevented as the disease…More

Ebola Data Platform Should Be African-Based, Led Effort

Nature: Build the Ebola database in Africa Brian Conton, clinical director of the Physio-Fitness Rehabilitation Centre in Sierra Leone “…This September, the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), a research network based at the University of Oxford, U.K., held a meeting in Guinea to discuss plans for an information platform to share data obtained during the…More

Devex Interviews J&J Chief Medical Officer About Private Sector’s Role In Global Health…

Devex: Q&A: The private sector’s seat at the global health security table “In the wake of Ebola, many governments were spurred to think about their response and possible prevention tactics against similar epidemics moving forward. They weren’t alone. Seeing the clear economic impact such outbreaks could have on business and economies, the private sector stepped…More

Red Cross Finds Millions Of Organization’s Ebola Aid Lost To Fraud

The Guardian: Red Cross ‘outraged’ over pilfering of Ebola aid millions by its own staff “The Red Cross has admitted that millions of dollars meant for fighting the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa were siphoned off by its own staff. The organisation’s own investigations uncovered evidence of fraud, with more than $2.1m (£1.6m)…More

Deforestation Patterns Could Help Predict Future Ebola Outbreaks, Researchers Show

The Guardian: Research breakthrough raises hope of predicting future Ebola outbreaks “Scientists studying links between the Ebola virus and deforestation have made a breakthrough that could lead to the development of an early warning system for outbreaks. Existing research into how the disease could be spread from animals to humans found Ebola hotspots matched deforestation…More

Is the Future of Global Healthcare Made in China?

On the 15th of August 2017 the newly appointed director of WHO Tedros Adhanom made his first official visit to China. After three days Tedros left with a pledge of 20 million dollars more and a clarified plan to use China’s One belt One Road initiative as the backbone of global healthcare reforms targeting women, children, teens and emergencies. This is just the latest in China’s growing trend of commitment to global health, clearly a different tone than that being set by US President Donald Trump whose most recent budget proposal saw him attempting to slash international healthcare funding by 1/3. Although China has been engaging in health aid from the Mao era on, China’s “global health” journey really began eleven years ago for China, after the SARS epidemic, with an overhaul of their own healthcare system called the Rural Co-operative Medical Care System. This initiative extended healthcare options to China’s 800 million rural resident and expanded China’s current healthcare coverage to 94.7% of its population

Local Knowledge, Trust Important In Disease Outbreak Responses, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Motorbikes, trust, and pepper soup: Ebola tips to tackle deadly diseases “Unsung local heroes who helped defeat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may hold the key to thwarting deadly epidemics in the future, experts say. … And yet the contributions made by communities have been largely overlooked, Sierra Leone-based British anthropologist…More

Uganda Reports 1 Confirmed, 1 Probable Case Of Marburg Virus; WHO Working With Local Officials

Associated Press: Marburg hemorrhagic fever kills 1 person in Uganda “One Ugandan has died of Marburg, a highly infectious disease that, like Ebola, manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever, Uganda’s health minister said Thursday. Tests on a 50-year-old woman who died Oct. 17 came back positive for Marburg, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told reporters…More

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