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

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


Ebola outbreak spreads to Senegal

September 2, 2014 Senegalese authorities on Monday were monitoring everyone who was in contact with

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Child mortality worldwide is down, but it’s not always clear why

Somali mother cradles her malnourished, ill child UN Child mortality is widely recognized as an indicator of a community’s overall health, with reductions in child deaths often cited as evidence of the impact of a particular intervention. Two high-profile events in Washington, DC, and Johannesburg, South Africa recently celebrated the progress made worldwide in reducing maternal … Continue reading →


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

President Obama ‘Cautiously More Optimistic’ About Stopping Ebola In U.S.

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

Ebola Challenges West Africa’s Tenuous Stability

New York Times: Ebola Outbreak Erodes Recent Advances in West Africa “…Ebola is fast washing away the small gains made over the last decade in war-scarred parts of West Africa, as schools shut down, immunization campaigns are suspended, and a food crisis looms as farmers abandon their fields…” (Sengupta, 10/21).

House Minority Leader Pelosi Calls For ‘Immediate’ Appropriations Hearing To Discuss Ebola…

The Hill: Pelosi demands hearing on Ebola funding “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for appropriators to ‘return to Washington immediately’ to approve additional funding for the Ebola response. Pelosi said the House Appropriations Committee must quickly ‘convene hearings to discuss and debate the issue of funding levels’ for the Centers for Disease…More

Handwashing Is Important Tool In Fight Against Ebola, UNICEF Says

Media sources report on Global Handwashing Day, recognized annually on October 15, and UNICEF’s spotlight on how the practice is an important tool in the fight against Ebola. U.N. News Centre: On World Day, U.N. spotlights handwashing as vital tool in fight against Ebola “As the world celebrates the seventh annual Global Handwashing Day, the…More

U.S. House Subcommittee To Hold Hearing On Ebola

News outlets discuss an upcoming U.S. congressional hearing on federal efforts to respond to Ebola. CQ HealthBeat: Panel Set to Ask Questions and Offer Suggestions on Ebola “A House subcommittee on Thursday has scheduled a rare recess period hearing in Washington, D.C., to query CDC Director Thomas Frieden and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious…More

Ebola Epidemic Affecting Liberia’s Economy, Reversing Recent Gains

Washington Post: The Ebola outbreak is not just a human tragedy. It’s also an economic one. “…With critical public works projects in limbo and businesses struggling, the [Ebola] virus is threatening Liberia’s chance to escape generations of poverty and join Africa’s rising prosperity…” (Mui, 10/14).

WHO Approves Measure Urging Nations To Raise Tobacco Taxes

Washington Times: U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session “The U.N.’s World Health Organization on Tuesday approved a measure [urging] countries around the world to sharply raise excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, a key step to what critics warn will be a push for a global tax on tobacco…” (Johnson/Swoyer,…More

The Global Citizen Single Origin Coffee Club

A new partnership between Zoka Coffee and the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship delivers the best single-origin direct trade coffees from around the world to your home, while helping equip young volunteers with leadership skills equal to the challenges of our times. A few months ago, I joined Jeff Babcock, the owner of Zoka Coffee, on a sourcing trip to El Salvador, Honduras, and Costa Rica. We visited over two dozen farms, cups hundreds of coffees, and visited with farmers, laborers, and communities that depend on coffee for their livelihoods. I got to see up close the difference that family direct trade makes in the lives of those involved in coffee production.

Ebola’s Spread Outpacing Containment Efforts

Washington Post: The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic “When the experts describe the Ebola disaster, they do so with numbers. The statistics include not just the obvious ones, such as caseloads, deaths and the rate of infection, but also the ones that describe the speed of the global response. Right now, the math still…More

World Bank Pledges $50M To Fight Cholera, Improve WASH In Haiti

News outlets report on the World Bank’s pledge of $50 million to help fight cholera in Haiti by improving sanitation and access to clean water in the country’s endemic areas. Miami Herald: World Bank pledges $50 million to help fight cholera in Haiti’s ‘hot spots’ “The World Bank is pledging $50 million to help Haiti…More

Understanding the World Bank’s Estimate of the Economic Damage of Ebola to West Africa

This blog is co-authored by David Evans, Senior Economist at the World Bank (web page; Twitter). The World Bank on Wednesday released a report titled “The Economic Impact of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic: Short and Medium Term Estimates for West Africa,” which we and other co-authors blogged about yesterday on the World Bank’s site. The report’s results have been summarized with various degrees of detail in the Financial Times, Le Monde, El Pais ,and the Washington Post

Haiti Water, Sanitation Challenges To Be Discussed At Donor Meeting In Washington

Miami Herald: Haiti’s sanitation needs to be focus of meeting in capitol “Four years after cholera arrived in Haiti, the country still is trying to curb the epidemic, even as it sees significant drops in the numbers of people succumbing to the deadly waterborne disease. Still, more than 30 people a day continue to get…More

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