This is a joint post with Alan Whiteside, CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, BSIA and Professor Emeritus, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Since the first case of Ebola appeared last year, the virus has infected nearly 10,000 people. The epidemic is concentrated in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea — post-conflict countries with incredibly weak health systems. It stands to have severe health, social, and economic consequences and is arguably the most pressing challenge to global health security the world has faced in decades
Aid & Development
Momentum seems to be building on Capitol Hill for some kind of West African travel ban as an anti-Ebola measure. It sounds like a simple solution. But here’s why a travel ban is pointless—or could even make us less safe. Zero direct flights. There are no direct flights between the US and the three affected countries.
Most remarkable, within a month the controversy surrounding the threat of Ebola to Americans had mushroomed into a political emergency for the Obama presidency itself, only a few tense weeks before the November 4 elections. Calls escalated for the appointment of an Ebola czar and a travel ban on persons originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the root sources of the Ebola emergency. A special measure of criticism was reserved for the Obama administration’s lead face in the U.S. response, Dr.
Media sources report on a meeting of the WHO International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Ebola still of ‘great concern’ in West Africa epicenter: WHO “…The World Heath Organization said after an emergency meeting on the deadly hemorrhagic fever that the situation in the worst-hit countries of…More
News outlets report on new pledges from the E.U. for Ebola efforts in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: E.U. boosts Ebola aid for West Africa to 1.0 billion euros “European Union leaders agreed Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa to one billion euros ($1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van…More
Wall Street Journal: Travel Restrictions Hamper African Medical Staff in Ebola Fight “Scores of African doctors and nurses — many of them with experience treating Ebola — have experienced delays getting to affected regions because of flight bans and travel restrictions, an African Union official said on Thursday…” (Vogt, 10/24).
Reuters: Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors’ doubts “For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what’s best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they’re wrong. … Aid agencies are tentatively … giving away cash and letting refugees decide for themselves what they need. While the results may be…More
U.N. News Centre: Far greater effort needed to eradicate extreme poverty in world’s poorest nations — U.N. report “While the world’s 48 most vulnerable nations continue to make in-roads into poverty reduction, a far greater effort is needed if these countries are to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020, according to a new report launched at…More
U.N. News Centre: As winter closes in, U.N. launches humanitarian appeal for Iraqis in need “An estimated 2.8 million Iraqis lack food assistance while another 800,000 are in urgent need of emergency shelter, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned [Thursday] as it launched an appeal for greater financial support…More
The Berlin Wall as a laboratory – The Boston Globe summarizes several studies looking at how the different political systems shaped attitudes and behavior. How to graph coefficients in Stata. I’ve just come across this command this week.
News outlets report on the latest number of Ebola cases (9,936) and deaths (4,877) reported by the WHO. Agence France-Presse: Number of Ebola cases nears 10,000 “The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said, as the scramble to find a cure gathered pace. The…More
News outlets report on President Obama’s statement on Wednesday expressing cautious optimism regarding the Ebola situation in the United States. Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama: Ebola gave ‘trial run’ for worse epidemic “President Barack Obama says he’s cautiously more optimistic about the Ebola situation in the U.S., and that the virus has given the government the…More
News outlets examine the role of the new U.S. Ebola coordinator. Devex: Obama’s new Ebola czar — and what it means for U.S. aid work on the ground “…With a background in law and politics, [Ron] Klain will manage the U.S.
Associated Press: Australia weighs U.S. request for Ebola Africa team “Australia’s prime minister said Thursday he was considering a personal request from President Barack Obama to send a medical team to Africa to fight Ebola, but that priority remains responding to an outbreak in the Asia-Pacific region…” (McGuirk, 10/23).
Agence France-Presse: Africa Union chief to visit Ebola-hit nations “African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will travel to three West African nations worst hit by the Ebola crisis, one of the most senior officials to do so since the outbreak, her spokesman said Wednesday. A.U. Commission chair Dlamini-Zuma will visit Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia ‘to…More