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University Doctors: We Need More Support Fighting Ebola in Africa

Hospitalists from UC San Francisco heading to Liberia advocate for universities and academic medical centers to step up to the fight against ebola – not just through Read More

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Guardian Launches Interactive Ebola Funding Tracker

The Guardian: Ebola funding tracker — interactive “Actual payments fall significantly short of amounts pledged … to fight Ebola. Our interactive tracks daily the total contributions pledged by countries and organizations, and records what has actually been paid out towards the U.N. target of $988m…” (Galatsidas, 10/28).

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Ebola Response Must Address Health Systems Stregthening

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Letter from Liberia: Ebola Is Not a Failure of Aid or Governance Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, presents a letter from Gyude Moore, a former Scott Fellow at CGD and current deputy chief of staff to Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson…More

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University Doctors: We Need More Support Fighting Ebola in Africa

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Hospitalists from UC San Francisco heading to Liberia advocate for universities and academic medical centers to step up to the fight against ebola – not just through Read More


U.S., Aid Organizations Ramp Up Ebola Efforts In Liberia; Reactions Mixed To Seemingly Fewer…

News outlets report on U.S. and international efforts to contain Ebola in Liberia, where an apparent drop in cases is bringing mixed reactions. Agence France-Presse: Aid workers see hope as Ebola body count drops in Liberia “The Red Cross offered hope Tuesday of a turning point in the battle against the deadly West African Ebola…More


U.K. Umbrella Aid Group Launches Unprecedented Funding Appeal For Ebola

News outlets report that Britain’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched an appeal to raise funds to fight Ebola, making this the first time the group has sought to raise money in response to a disease outbreak. The Guardian: Ebola crisis: DEC launches unprecedented appeal for public help “The Disasters Emergency Committee is to launch an…More


West Africa Missed Out On Health Investment Because Of Low HIV Rates, Survey Shows

The Guardian: Low HIV and AIDS rates saw West Africa ‘miss out on health investment’ “West Africa, now in the throes of a calamitous Ebola epidemic, missed out on significant health investment over the past decade or more because it had low rates of HIV, a detailed survey of the changing health of Africa and…More


U.S., Germany To Provide Humanitarian Assistance For Syrian Refugees

News outlets report on U.S. and German humanitarian aid pledges for Syrian refugees in Middle East host nations. The Hill: U.S. pledges $10M more to aid Syrian refugees “The United States will provide an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, the State Department announced Tuesday. The new funding, provided through the United…More


Opinion Pieces Examine Various Angles Of Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces examine various angles of the Ebola epidemic, including international efforts to contain the outbreak, the response in the U.S. and Europe, the science of Ebola, and Ebola’s potential impact on development goals. USA TODAY: USAID chief: We will stop Ebola in West Africa Rajiv Shah, USAID administrator “In the heart of…More


Guardian Launches Interactive Ebola Funding Tracker

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The Guardian: Ebola funding tracker — interactive “Actual payments fall significantly short of amounts pledged … to fight Ebola. Our interactive tracks daily the total contributions pledged by countries and organizations, and records what has actually been paid out towards the U.N. target of $988m…” (Galatsidas, 10/28).


Ebola Response Must Address Health Systems Stregthening

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Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Letter from Liberia: Ebola Is Not a Failure of Aid or Governance Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, presents a letter from Gyude Moore, a former Scott Fellow at CGD and current deputy chief of staff to Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson…More


International Community Steps Up Efforts Against Ebola

Associated Press: International community ramps up Africa Ebola aid “…Accra, the capital of Ghana, has become the main staging area and headquarters for the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER. The establishment in September of what the U.N. describes as its first-ever emergency health mission comes as international efforts against Ebola, which has…More


Asia Prepares For Ebola After Disease Spread To U.S., Spain

New York Times: As Ebola Spreads, Asia Senses Vulnerability “With hundreds of advanced infection-control hospital rooms left over from the fight against SARS, and with some medical professionals suggesting that the Ebola virus was inherently fragile and unlikely to spread in places with modern medical facilities, many doctors in Asia paid little attention to the…More


WHO Coordinating Monitoring Of 82 People Possibly Exposed To Ebola In Mali

Reuters: WHO says 82 being monitored for Ebola in Mali “Health workers are monitoring 82 people who had contact with a toddler who died of Ebola in Mali last week, but no new cases of the disease have yet been reported, World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said on Tuesday…” (Nebehay/Miles, 10/28).


Niger Sees Spike In Number Of Cholera Deaths

Agence France-Presse/Al Jazeera: Cholera outbreak kills dozens in Niger “Niger has seen more than 1,300 cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, with 51 people dying of the disease, the United Nations has said. … The spike in the number of cholera deaths was due in part of heavy flooding which has inundated…More


Brazil Experiencing Severe Drought, Water Shortages

Washington Post: In Brazil, 20 million people may not have enough water “Southeastern Brazil is experiencing one of its worst droughts in decades. The country’s water supply has almost run dry. Satellite images released by NASA’s Earth Observatory show Brazil’s reservoirs reduced to as little as three percent of their capacity, prompting water restrictions throughout…More


Letter from Liberia: Ebola Is Not a Failure of Aid or Governance

Like others, we’ve written lots about Ebola over the past weeks: the insufficient funding and effort to the response in West Africa, the importance of well-qualified leadership at WHO, the role of health systems in disease response, the futility of travel bans, among others.  It’s rare that global health issues are so continuously in the public debate. Yet Ebola has also led to heroic overstatement as well


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