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Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa is unprecedented in many ways, including the high proportion of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been infected. To date, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died.

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Ebola has caused Liberia’s cauldron of dissatisfaction to boil over

Robtel Neajai Pailey | Guardian Development | “Relations between the Liberian state and its citizens were already in crisis before the Ebola outbreak made things Read More

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South Sudan heads towards famine

The Guardian | “Urgent need for peace ignored as another deadline for a deal passes and splinter groups of rebels threaten to spread conflict” South Read More

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Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola

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The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa is unprecedented in many ways, including the high proportion of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers who have been infected. To date, more than 240 health care workers have developed the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, and more than 120 have died.


Ebola has caused Liberia’s cauldron of dissatisfaction to boil over

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Robtel Neajai Pailey | Guardian Development | “Relations between the Liberian state and its citizens were already in crisis before the Ebola outbreak made things Read More


South Sudan heads towards famine

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The Guardian | “Urgent need for peace ignored as another deadline for a deal passes and splinter groups of rebels threaten to spread conflict” South Read More


Gaza, Ebola, Iraq … are we approaching disaster overload? | The Guardian

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The number of complex humanitarian emergencies seems to be increasing day by day.  How is the world responding as these important crises vie and compete for media attention? Read More


Regaining trust: an essential prerequisite for controlling the Ebola outbreak

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Francis Omaswa | The Lancet Global Health Blog | “The Ebola outbreak afflicting a number of west African countries has become a real African and global Read More


Starving for awareness

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The UN is feeding refugees a starvation diet: 850 calories a day. Francisco Toro responded by launching a new advocacy campaign that’s sure to tone your empathy muscles – at your own risk.


Sahel hunger crisis

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Mark Anderson | The Guardian | July 31 – “Refugees and patchy rains trigger new Sahel hunger crisis.  UN asks for $100m as conflicts drive Read More


The west’s peanut butter bias chokes Haiti’s attempts to feed itself | Rashmee Roshan Lall

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Rashmee Rosahn Lall, Guardian Development Network | “Local provider of food to tackle malnourishment faces closure because aid agencies buy subsidised products from abroad.” The west’s Read More


Medical Missions – A Critical Perspective

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Nicole S. Berry is a medical anthropologist based at Simon Fraser University. She is an expert in the anthropology of reproductive health and indigenous health Read More


West Africa’s Ebola epidemic: preventable?

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Lisa Denney, Poverty Matters | “The gaps in Sierra Leone’s health system reflect need for support so that such diseases do not wreak havoc in Read More


Floods kill more than 80 in Afghanistan

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June 9, 2014 More than 80 bodies have been found two days after a devastating flash flood in Afghanistan’s mountainous and remote north, a provincial official said Sunday. From the AP: Lt. Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of Baghlan province, said the death toll from Friday’s flash flooding had climbed to 81 from 54. Some 850 houses across several villages were completely destroyed and more than 1,000 were damaged by the heavy rain and flooding, leaving thousands of people in need of shelter, food, water and medicine, Rahman said. Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said Army helicopters were assisting in relief efforts in the remote district, which is just 140 kilometers (85 miles) north of the provincial capital Puli Khumri, but is an eight to nine hour journey by land because of the rugged terrain.


Ensure safety on Uganda water bodies

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Two months back the country was shocked and saddened by the news of a drowning incident when a boat meant to carry 50 people capsized Read More


Disaster Relief Begins After Balkans Flooding

Media outlets report on the response to recent flooding in the Balkans. Associated Press: Recovery from Balkans floods will take billions “Floodwaters receded Wednesday in Bosnia and Serbia, just enough to reveal the next shock: recovery from the historic flood will cost billions of euros that neither of the countries has. … Both countries say…More


Africa Launches Risk Pool Insurance Scheme To Address Climatic Disasters

Reuters: Africa assumes onus on disaster relief with catastrophe insurance pool “…On May 1, Africa launched its first sovereign risk pool insurance scheme, marking a major policy shift in the way climatic events such as droughts, and from next year floods, will be tackled by the world’s poorest continent. The risk pool has the potential…More


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