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Researchers Developing Faster, Easier Ebola Diagnostic Tests

New York Times: Researchers Seek Crucial Tool: A Fast, Finger-Prick Ebola Test “Searching for a new way to attack Ebola, companies and academic researchers are now racing to develop faster and easier tests for determining whether someone has the disease. Such tests might require only a few drops of blood…

Humanitarian Agencies Adopt New Strategies For Ebola Efforts

IRIN: Aid agencies adapt to Ebola challenge “From using Bitcoins to fundraise, to adopting new strategies to prevent malaria victims appearing to be Ebola cases, to working with new partners — aid agencies in West Africa are learning to adapt fast…” (11/4).

Gavi In Talks To Pay For Ebola Vaccine

Bloomberg News: Bill Gates-Backed Group Weighs Funding for Ebola Vaccine “…[Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance] is in talks with Glaxo[SmithKline], the World Health Organization, and others about paying for [new Ebola] vaccines, and its board will make a decision when it meets next month, said Seth Berkley, Gavi’s chief executive officer…”…

Text Message Campaign Helped Senegal Stop Ebola Outbreak, WHO Says

Media sources report on the WHO’s announcement that a text messaging campaign helped Senegal stop a local Ebola outbreak. CQ HealthBeat: Text Messaging Aids in Ebola Fight, WHO Says “…Senegal’s recent stamping out of Ebola was achieved not only through its rapid infectious disease control work but also by using…

Gender Focus Essential For Effective U.S. Response To Ebola

Center for Strategic & International Studies: U.S. Ebola Response: Strategies for Women and Girls Janet Fleischman, an independent consultant and senior associate for the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS, discusses the “importance of gender strategies in U.S. health and development programs,” as well as the incorporation of these strategies…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Angles Of Ebola Epidemic

Wall Street Journal: WHO Is Responsible? Editorial Board Noting comments made Monday by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan attributing the Ebola epidemic to “the result of neglect of ‘fundamental public health infrastructures,’” and, “‘Because Ebola has historically been confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually nonexistent,’” the editorial…

U.N.’s Ban Warns Against Quarantines For Ebola HCWs, While 75% Of Americans Support Such Policies

Reuters reports on several aspects of quarantine policies for Ebola workers, from comments by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to American opinion on the practice. Reuters: U.N.’s Ban warns against quarantining Ebola health workers “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday against ‘unnecessarily’ strict restrictions on the movement of health workers…

World Bank Head Urges Asia To Send More HCWs To Africa

News outlets report on World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s call for Asia to send more trained health workers to Ebola-affected West Africa. Agence France-Presse: World Bank chief urges Asian health help in Africa “World Bank President Jim Yong Kim Tuesday urged Asia to send trained health workers to Ebola-stricken…