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Huffington Post Profiles Child Survivor Of Ebola

Huffington Post: Why This ‘Miracle’ Boy Who Beat Ebola Symbolizes Hope For Sierra Leone “While the unprecedented spread of Ebola continues plaguing West Africa, an image of one boy has captured a wave of hope for the people of Sierra Leone. … Vandy, a 7-year-old who contracted the virus more…

Sierra Leone, Liberia Struggle To Respond To Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the challenges surrounding the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone appeals for $18m to plug Ebola funding gap “Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma appealed to the international community on Tuesday for help filling an $18 million (13…

Ethical Questions On Use, Distribution Of Ebola Drugs Remain

New York Times: Opting Against Ebola Drug for Ill African Doctor “The doctor who had been leading Sierra Leone’s battle against the Ebola outbreak was now fighting for his own life, and his international colleagues faced a fateful decision: whether to give him a drug that had never before been…

Better Development Data Needed For Africa

Project Syndicate: Africa’s Necessary Data Revolution Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of Global Health Policy at the Center for Global Development, writes about the lack of accurate data in Sub-Saharan Africa, the underlying political and systemic challenges that cause this lack of data, and suggests a potential strategy to achieve…

Numerous East, Central African Countries Facing ‘Acute Food Insecurity’

IRIN: Food security alarm for east, central Africa “Some 20 million people are facing acute food insecurity in Eastern and Central Africa, with most of them being at ‘crisis’ and ’emergency’ levels, according to aid agencies. This figure compares unfavorably with 15.8 million people in July 2013. The affected countries…

Five Myths On Ebola Debunked

Huffington Post: Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means) Adam C. Levine, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown Medical School “…Of course, we should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news and bloggers alike. We should…

Security, Public Health Objectives Should Remain Separate

The Guardian: Ebola, polio, HIV: it’s dangerous to mix health care and foreign policy Sophie Harman, senior lecturer in international politics at Queen Mary University of London “There are reasons to be fearful of the Ebola crisis gripping parts of West Africa: death, the risk of contagion, overburdened health infrastructure,…

Number Of Ebola Deaths Passes 1,200 In West Africa, WHO Says

The WHO reports the number of Ebola deaths in West Africa has surpassed 1,200. New York Times: Ebola Death Toll in West Africa Tops 1,200 “As West African nations grapple with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had…

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