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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


In Speech To African Leaders, U.S. President Trump Compliments Nigeria’s Handling Of Ebola…

The Cable: Trump praises Nigeria’s tackling of Ebola, says Africa has tremendous potential “U.S. President Donald Trump has lauded Nigeria for its handling of the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. Trump on Wednesday also said there’s ‘tremendous business potential’ in Africa, revealing that his wealthy friends were investing in the continent. He said…More

Sierra Leone Must Build Resilience To Future Natural Disasters, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: From Ebola to mudslides, Sierra Leone learns painful disaster lessons “Experience gained taming West Africa’s Ebola outbreak is helping Sierra Leone deal with its recent mudslide disaster, but urgent action is needed to prevent future catastrophes, experts say…” (Lazareva, 9/5).

Ebola Data Digital Platform Aims To Inform Health Care Providers, Prevent Outbreaks

Nature: Massive Ebola data site planned to combat outbreaks “More than 11,000 people died when Ebola tore through West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and yet clinicians still lack data that would enable them to reliably identify the disease when a person first walks into a clinic. To fill that gap and others before the…More

CGD Event Addresses Importance Of Integrating Clinical Research Into Ebola Response

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Research in the Time of Ebola: How We Can Do Better Mead Over, senior fellow, and Roxanne Oroxom, research associate, both at CGD, discuss takeaways from an event that featured a presentation of findings from a report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) on…More

Strengthening Global Health Security, Engaging Variety Of Stakeholders Necessary To Prepare For…

STAT: Ebola scare shows that the world is still not ready for a major disease outbreak Gabrielle Fitzgerald, founder and CEO of Panorama “When cases of Ebola were detected in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in May, local officials moved swiftly and global resources were rushed to help them. By the time the World…More

World Politics Review Speaks With NIAID Director Fauci About Ebola Outbreak Response

World Politics Review: Is the World Ready to Respond to Another Large-Scale Ebola Outbreak? WPR interviews Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, about the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and efforts to prepare for a future outbreak, including Ebola vaccine research (7/25).

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

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