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