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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


On NPR’s TED Radio Hour, Gavi CEO Seth Berkley Discusses Ebola Vaccine Development, Outbreak…

NPR: Seth Berkley: How Can We Prevent The Next Epidemic? “Since 1976, there have been two dozen Ebola outbreaks — yet there is still no vaccine. Epidemiologist Seth Berkley says vaccine development is the key to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks…” (7/21).

Post-Ebola Sierra Leone Faces Challenges As Government Works To Restore, Improve Family…

The Guardian: End of Ebola sparks crisis for Sierra Leone’s teen mums “…Just over a year since the country was declared free of Ebola, the government has pledged to prioritize fixing the dire state of maternal and sexual health services. One of its aims is to increase the proportion of women using contraceptives, from 23…More

Strengthening Health Systems Requires ‘Strengthening Everyday Resilience’

Devex: Opinion: To fight the next Ebola, the G20 need to empower people to respond to everyday challenges Lucy Gilson, professor at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine “…Any attempt to strengthen health systems must take seriously well-recognized stressors such as increasing workloads, changing health needs, resource…More

World Bank’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility Represents Innovative Approach To Rapid…

Washington Post: A worthy legacy of the Ebola catastrophe Editorial Board “One of the most disturbing lessons to emerge from the Ebola virus disease epidemic in West Africa in 2014-2015 was how unprepared the world was for it. … The [World Bank] has announced the issuance of $500 million in specialized bonds and derivatives that…More

U.S. Disease Outbreak Experts Discuss Pandemic Preparedness At Aspen Ideas Festival

The Atlantic: How the World Can Prepare for the Next Pandemic “Global outbreaks like the 2014 episode of Ebola are a certainty in a connected world, which means public health authorities have to think across borders too. … [The article summarizes] a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute…More

DR Congo, WHO Declare End Of Ebola Outbreak After 42 Days, 4 Deaths

The Atlantic: How the Democratic Republic of the Congo Beat Ebola in 42 Days “…With the last confirmed patient having tested negative for the virus for the second time in a row, the WHO declared an end to the outbreak on Sunday. Just four people had died, and just four more had become infected. This…More

CDC-Supported Programs To Train Epidemiologists In Sierra Leone Help Curb Potential Widespread…

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Keeping Kids Healthy in Sierra Leone Regan Rickert-Hartman and Tushar Singh, epidemiologists with CDC, discuss “improving surveillance systems and training the public health workforce in Sierra Leone,” particularly following the Ebola epidemic. They write, “Sierra Leone now has 58 disease detectives trained through the Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) with…More

USAID Working With Guinea’s Health System To Restore Public’s Trust In Medical Facilities…

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Ebola Aftermath: Restoring Trust in Hospitals in Guinea Mariama Keita, a communication and partnership adviser in the Office of Sustainable Development of USAID’s Africa Bureau, writes, “In the aftermath of the 2014-2016 epidemic and in the face of its reemergence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, USAID is working with partners, communities, and…More

HHS Secretary Price Says Allowing Ebola-Infected Health Workers Back Into Country ‘A Moral…

The Atlantic: HHS Secretary Defies Trump on Ebola Travel Ban “At the height of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, days before the World Health Organization declared it an international public health emergency, Donald Trump tweeted: ‘The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back. People that go to far away places to help out are great-but…More

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci Speaks With Devex About Working With Different U.S. Presidential…

The Atlantic: The Truth Teller “…[Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,] seemed surprised at the suggestion that he might do something other than what he’s been doing since he began leading the institute in 1984 — trying to protect people from diseases like Ebola, Zika, and HIV. This is…More

Safe Burial Teams Likely Prevented Significant Number Of Additional Ebola Cases In West African…

Agence France-Presse: Ebola burial teams dramatically reduced West Africa outbreak: study “Red Cross volunteers prevented a significant number of Ebola cases during the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa by using safe burial techniques, according to a study released Thursday…” (Larson, 6/22). BBC News: Ebola virus burial teams may have ‘saved thousands of lives’ “…The study,…More

CSIS Podcast Features Episodes Discussing Links Between Climate Change, Infectious Diseases;…

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Take as Directed”: Global Health Security and Climate Change Steve Morrison, senior vice president at CSIS and director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, speaks with Ron Klain, general counsel of Revolution LLC and White House Ebola response coordinator from fall 2014 to spring 2015. “We asked him…More

Study Examines Likely Hosts Of Next Zoonotic Disease Outbreak

International Business Times: Scientists locate where the most deadly ‘missing viruses’ are hiding “…Many of the most deadly human diseases jump to people from other species. HIV and Ebola originated in other primates and SARS is thought to have come from bats. Now scientists think they know which viruses are most likely to leap from…More

China’s Efforts To Develop Anti-Ebola Drugs Illustrate Opportunities, Challenges In R&D,…

Council on Foreign Relations’ “Asia Unbound”: A Tale of Two Anti-Ebola Drugs Yanzhong Huang, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses China’s experience developing experimental anti-Ebola drugs, writing, “[T]he story of China’s efforts to develop anti-Ebola drugs is illustrative of the opportunities and challenges we face in ensuring global health…More

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