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: The tiny Ebola clinic that offers a ray of hope for rural Liberia “…The Bong Ebola Treatment Unit is a modest collection of blue tents, connected by gravel paths, near the site of a former leper colony. But when the camp opened Monday, it provided the first 10 beds for Ebola victims in…More
Good news stories in global health rarely dominate the headlines; it can be easy to lose sight of the progress being made by global health investments and efforts around the world. So I was pleased that Science Magazine chose to report on some of the case studies from CGD’s forthcoming book Millions Saved (third edition) in their recent special issue on global health. These cases document large-scale efforts in low- and middle-income countries that have successfully improved health and saved lives (and they have evidence to back them up).
TIME: WHO to Start New Global Health Initiative For Needle Safety “At the TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C., Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that the organization will announce its third-ever global health initiative and policy in October. The initiative this time is around needle safety…” (Sifferlin, 9/11).
Washington Post: Oxford study predicts 15 more countries are at risk of Ebola exposure “Until this year’s epidemic, Ebola did not exist in West Africa. Now with nearly 2,300 people dead from the virus, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, scientists still don’t fully understand how Ebola arrived from Central Africa, where outbreaks of…More
The following editorial and opinion pieces discuss issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak response in West Africa. Washington Post: The global complacency on Ebola must end Editorial Board “The Ebola epidemic now sweeping West Africa is a public health catastrophe, yet the world’s response has been to treat it like a faraway monsoon or volcano, perhaps…More
Washington Post: How Ebola is stealing attention from illnesses that kill more people “The Ebola virus has killed more than 2,100 people in four West African nations, and it has left the international community scrambling to contain it. But as deadly diseases go, Ebola isn’t nearly as contagious as tuberculosis, which can be spread through…More
Humanosphere: How the Ebola outbreak compares to other killers Katie Leach-Kemon, policy translation specialist from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses the Ebola outbreak’s impact on health care systems, writing, “…[A]s this outbreak continues to garner so much global attention, it is important to consider the even bigger impact it…More
Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: The Power of Belief: What Polio and Ebola have in common In a guest post, Heidi Larson of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington discusses how “[m]isinformation, strong traditional beliefs, and distrust of…More
Washington Post: Sex education is a global dividing line between liberals and conservatives Jonathan Zimmerman, professor at New York University “…[The International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994] endorsed equal access to education for girls. It also demanded ‘reproductive rights’ — including rights to contraception and information about sex — for…More
National Resources Defense Council’s “Switchboard”: USAID Needs to Bring Together Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience in Development Assistance Elizabeth Shope, an advocate with the NRDC, discusses an issue brief she authored, titled “Connecting Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene with Fresh Water Conservation and Climate Resilience: The Need to Facilitate…More
Washington Post: Groups rush to avoid food crisis in Ebola-stricken areas “With food stocks running low in Ebola-stricken Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, international organizations are preparing for a looming food crisis amid concerns that imports are being affected and farmers in areas quarantined will not be able to harvest and deliver their crops…” (Hogan,…More
Washington Post: The animal source of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eludes scientists “Along with struggling to stem the spread of Ebola in West Africa, scientists are racing to figure out where the disease came from. … If researchers can figure out which animal carries the virus and how it made the leap to…More