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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


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

WHO Regional Director For Africa Matshidiso Moeti Speaks To Devex About Reforms, Outbreak…

Devex: WHO AFRO reforms: A conversation with Dr. Matshidiso Moeti “At the height of the Ebola outbreak that was sweeping across West Africa, in February 2015, a new director for the World Health Organization’s regional office for Africa stepped in: Dr. Matshidiso Moeti from Botswana. … Devex spoke with Moeti to take stock of the…More

U.S. Congress, Trump Administration Should Invest In Public Health Emergency Response Fund

The Hill: Congress, learn from Zika and Ebola — Update U.S. emergency fund Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute “The public health community has been closely watching proposals for a badly needed public health emergency response fund. Such a fund would jump-start the response efforts…More

Improving HIV care for teens in Kenya with virtual friendships

Editor’s note: A wide-reaching project in Western Kenya is having a profound effect on the lives of children and adults by tackling a complicated web of health issues. The PATH-led APHIAplus Western, short for AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance Zone 1, is funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesCould the latest Ebola outbreak help avert future epidemics?One man, 441 people, and a community for healthier heartsNew tools and a “zambitious” goal to end malaria ;

4K West Africans In U.S. Under TPS Program Because Of Ebola Epidemic Lose Immigration Status

PRI: Ebola is over. Now the U.S. wants a group of West African immigrants to go home. “Last week, about 4,000 West African immigrants living and working legally in the U.S.

Health Official Says DRC’s Ebola Outbreak Under Control; Experimental Vaccine Use On Hold

Reuters: Ebola epidemic in Congo ‘under control’: health minister “Democratic Republic of Congo has not recorded a new case of Ebola in the last 21 days, the maximum incubation period for the disease, and is now in a phase of heightened surveillance, the health minister said on Friday. … Health authorities have approved the use…More

USAID’s May 2017 Global Health Newsletter Focuses On Human-Centered Design

USAID: GH Newsletter — Focus on Human-Centered Design USAID’s May 2017 Global Health Newsletter focuses on human-centered design, “a way of thinking that places the people you’re trying to serve at the center of the design and implementation process.” Articles discuss various topics, including neonatal health care, HIV prevention for women, and Ebola outbreak response.…More

DR Congo Approves Use Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine; Current Outbreak Subsiding, Officials Say

Nature: Ebola vaccine approved for use in ongoing outbreak “Regulatory and ethics-review boards in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have approved the use of an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an ongoing outbreak of the virus, officials announced on 29 May. If they decide to deploy the vaccine, called rVSV-ZEBOV, health care workers…More

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