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How the aid and development industry helped cause Africa’s Ebola outbreak

Yeah, that’s a provocative headline. No, we’re not talking about some movie thriller like Constant Gardner, in which an evil drug company does some deadly experimentation on hapless Africans. We’re talking about reality with a medical anthropologist, James Pfeiffer, about one of the root causes of the massive outbreak of Ebola now ravaging West Africa. It is

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Decline in global hunger threatened by climate change and conflict

There are 209 million fewer people who face hunger today that did in 1990. Hunger has become an issue of the past for some 100 million people in the last decade alone. This progress is exciting, but recent developments may slow down the rapid decline of hunger, warns the United Nations. In a report released

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Ebola in a Stew of Fear

Gregg Mitman provides important information about how historical perceptions linking Africa and infectious disease have influenced and are resurfacing in the modern Ebola outbreak. Ebola in a Read More

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How the aid and development industry helped cause Africa’s Ebola outbreak

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Yeah, that’s a provocative headline. No, we’re not talking about some movie thriller like Constant Gardner, in which an evil drug company does some deadly experimentation on hapless Africans. We’re talking about reality with a medical anthropologist, James Pfeiffer, about one of the root causes of the massive outbreak of Ebola now ravaging West Africa. It is


Decline in global hunger threatened by climate change and conflict

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There are 209 million fewer people who face hunger today that did in 1990. Hunger has become an issue of the past for some 100 million people in the last decade alone. This progress is exciting, but recent developments may slow down the rapid decline of hunger, warns the United Nations. In a report released


Ebola in a Stew of Fear

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Gregg Mitman provides important information about how historical perceptions linking Africa and infectious disease have influenced and are resurfacing in the modern Ebola outbreak. Ebola in a Read More


A virologist in the hot zone

Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

Science/AAAS | Q & A with Virologist Heinz Feldmann, who co-developed one of the Ebola vaccine candidates and recently visited Monrovia, Liberia, to work in Read More


Sierra Leone: Ebola hospital staff walk out due to lack of pay

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September 16, 2014 Health workers walked out of an Ebola ward in a district hospital


Pleas grow for health workers to join Ebola outbreak response

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There are not enough health workers responding to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. So far, Ebola has infected more than 4,000 people and killed 2,218 across Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. Most signs point to things getting worse before the countries and healthcare workers can get the outbreak under control in the


Humanitarian aid hits record high in 2013, despite major funding shortfall

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Only two-thirds of the money the UN says was needed to respond to global humanitarian crises in 2013 was raised. Despite that, a record high $22 billion was spent to respond to various global challenges last year. The findings are a part of the annual Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA) report launched today by the UK-based


What Is a Public Health “Emergency”?

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A NEJM Perspective by Rebecca Haffajee, Wendy E. Parmet, and Michelle M. Mello explores the meaning of “emergency” in public health and the courses of Read More


Floods kill more than 300 in Pakistan and India

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September 8, 2014 Monsoon rains and flash floods across large areas of northern Pakistan and


PLOS Resources on Ebola

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Virginia Barbour, Medicine & Biology Editorial Director at PLOS, on the urgent need for Open Access research into the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The current Read More


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


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