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Our ode to commodes on World Toilet Day

No matter where you go Toilets around the world have a few things in common: they’re rarely uniform and they’re often customized. And those, gentle reader, are but two reasons why they make great subjects for photos. This marks the second year a toilet-shaped, loo-themed calendar has been published … Continue reading » ; ; ; ;Related StoriesA novel contraceptive makes life easier in Uganda and beyondFriday Think: you can bank on this breast milk appWhat is “frugal science?” A visit to the home of the $1 folding paper microscope ;

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.

Doctor Dies Of Ebola In U.S.; Importance of Early Treatment

Washington Post: Death of second Ebola patient in U.S. shows need for early, accurate tests, experts say “…[Ebola doctor Martin] Salia’s death highlights what experts say is a critical need in the ongoing fight against the worst Ebola outbreak in history: the ability to quickly and accurately diagnose the disease in order to halt its…More

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Malaria Eradication Requires Targeting Mosquitoes

Washington Times: Money alone, public or private, won’t eradicate malaria Editorial Board “…Earlier this month, [Bill Gates] wrote a check for $500 million to eradicate malaria. … His goal is to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease that kills an estimated 627,000 annually, mostly in Africa, by distributing mosquito nets and developing a ‘next-generation vaccine.’ It’s a…More

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Haiti Needs Additional WASH Funding, Stronger Institutions To Eliminate Cholera

Huffington Post: Clean Water and Strong Institutions for Haiti Pedro Medrano Rojas, U.N. assistant secretary general and senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti “The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community’s historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. … The U.N. has made eliminating cholera in Haiti a key priority and…More


World Bank President Proposes Global Funding Mechanism For Future Pandemics

BBC News: Ebola crisis: World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics “The world is ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the president of the World Bank has warned. Jim Yong Kim, speaking in Washington, said it was vital that governments, corporations, aid agencies, and insurance companies worked together to…More


Far from West Africa, Ebola Still Hits Close to Home

The West African diaspora might be thousands of miles from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, but their connections, understanding and knowledge have proven invaluable. From Washington, D.C, and London, Jon Gosier and Khadi Mansaray report.


Gates Annual Letter Should Prompt Discussion About West’s Role In Poverty Eradication

Washington Post: Grading the 2015 Bill and Melinda Gates letter on poverty alleviation Chris Blattman, associate professor of political science and international and public affairs at Columbia University “…[T]o preview, my overall grade [of the Bill and Melinda Gates annual letter] is a B. … By 2030, probably half the world’s poor will live in…More


Haiti’s Health, Development Landscape Should Be Viewed With ‘Fuller Lens’

Humanosphere: Visualizing Haiti’s new and improving health landscape In a guest post, Lauren Hashiguchi, a policy translation specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses post-earthquake recovery in Haiti, including progress in the health sector. She includes graphics and writes, “Half a decade after the earthquake, it is time to…More


Water crises seen as a top threat in next decade

Shortage of clean fresh water deemed greatest global risk in terms of impact in World Economic Forum report.


Ebola Treatment, Isolation Centers Continue To Be Built In Liberia As Epidemic Winds Down

Washington Post: U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades “… Although future flare-ups of the disease are possible, the near-empty Ebola centers tell the story of an aggressive American military and civilian response that occurred too late to help the bulk of the more than 8,300 Liberians who became infected.…More


West Africa Needs ‘Capacity To Safely Deliver Excellent Supportive Care’ To End Ebola,…

Washington Post: The secret to curing West Africa from Ebola is no secret at all Paul Farmer, the Kolokotrones University professor at Harvard University and co-founder of Partners In Health “…Getting to zero new [Ebola] infections is the overarching goal of what is now the world’s largest public-health undertaking. But it’s still far from an…More


Preparing for the Post-Ebola Fight

Ebola Deeply founding member Jon Gosier has been blogging from the Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C., which is hosting “The Ebola Outbreak: Challenges and Next Steps for the Future” Global Health Forum this week. In the first of several blog posts, he reports on preparations for the post-Ebola fight.


‘Medicalization’ Of FGM Causing Religious Leaders, Activists To Increase Efforts Against…

Religion News Service/Washington Post: African church leaders worry about the ‘medicalization’ of female genital mutilation “International rights groups, churches, and activists are escalating campaigns against female genital mutilation now that a new practice has emerged in which girls are checking into hospitals to have the procedure. In what is being referred to as the medicalization…More


U.S. Should Contribute ‘Generous’ Amount To Gavi

Washington Post: The United States should generously support Gavi’s immunization efforts Editorial Board “An important conference is to be held in Berlin on Jan. 27 to secure financial replenishment for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, a multilateral nonprofit that for 15 years has been bringing vaccines to children in the world’s 73 poorest nations. Many attendees…More


‘Unpleasant Accounting,’ Public Finance Trade-Offs Hold Some Responsibility For Poor Health…

Washington Post: Who has responsibility for Ebola? The IMF, the West, or unpleasant accounting? Chris Blattman, associate professor of political science and international and public affairs at Columbia University “…The idea that financial austerity kills is not unique to West Africa. Most of the world is suffering from austerity, and a lot of people hold…More


Behavior Change, Innovation, Political Will Critical To Reaching WASH Goals

Huffington Post: For 2015, Three Must-Haves for Sanitation Sanjay Wijesekera, chief of water, sanitation and hygiene, and associate director of programs at UNICEF “…For the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, 2015 is an ‘almost, but not quite’ date. The world did reach the water MDG — in 2010, in fact — but that still leaves…More


News Outlets Examine Lessons Learned, Knowledge Yet To Be Gained From Ebola Epidemic

Canadian Press: Largest Ebola outbreak ever reveals truths about the mysterious, deadly disease (Branswell, 1/1). New York Times: How Ebola Roared Back (Sack et al., 12/29). Washington Post: Ebola’s lessons, painfully learned at great cost in dollars and human lives (Sun et al., 12/28). Washington Post: Could a pregnant woman change the way we think…More


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