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WHO Head Says Ebola Efforts Should Focus On Containment, Promises Transparency In Review

Associated Press: WHO chief promises transparency in Ebola review “The head of the World Health Organization refused Wednesday to respond to criticism about the U.N. agency’s performance in containing the Ebola outbreak, saying the focus now should be on helping countries contain it. … Dr. Margaret Chan said the agency…

Blog Post Outlines Lessons From Ebola Response, Implications For Future Outbreaks

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: After Ebola: Five Lessons for Outbreak Response Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, outlines five lessons from the Ebola epidemic response so far, including building WHO leadership and investing in public health preparedness, and the implications…

Ebola-Stricken West Africa Faces Shortage Of HCWs, E.U., Aid Groups Warn

News outlets report on warnings about a shortage of health care workers who can treat Ebola in West Africa from E.U. officials returning from the region and humanitarian workers testifying before a House subcommittee. Associated Press: E.U.: many more health workers needed for Ebola “Thousands more physicians, especially epidemiologists, and…

WHO Initiatives Aim To Stimulate Innovation In Effort To Develop Rapid Ebola Tests

Media sources report on the WHO’s launch of two initiatives that aim to develop more rapid and safe Ebola diagnostic tests, which the agency says are urgently needed in West Africa. Reuters: WHO seeks swifter Ebola test to help stamp out epidemic “The World Health Organization is seeking faster and cheaper tests…