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Health Officials Reassessing Needs In Liberia After Recent Declines Of New Ebola Cases

Washington Post: As Ebola declines in Liberia, health officials reassess response plans “The rate of new Ebola infections here has declined so sharply in recent weeks that even some of the busiest treatment facilities are now only half-full and officials are reassessing the scale of the response needed to quell…

WFP Charters Ship To Bring Food Supply To Ebola-Hit Liberia, Sierra Leone

Bloomberg News: U.N. Charters Food Ship for Africa as Ebola Disrupts Supply “The United Nations’ food-aid agency chartered a ship to transport supplies to West African countries hit by Ebola as trade disruptions linked to the outbreak stoke food prices in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The two-month vessel charter has…

Australia To Send Volunteer HCWs To Sierra Leone

Sydney Morning Herald: Ebola: Abbott government relents, will send Australian volunteers to treat victims “The Abbott government is set to announce that it will assist several hundred Australian expert volunteers travel to one of the Ebola hotspots of Africa to help control the epidemic. The government has struck an agreement…

Canada Commits New Funding For Ebola Vaccine, Treatment R&D

Reuters: Canada commits funding for Ebola vaccine research, stockpile “Canada announced new funding on Monday for clinical trials into an Ebola vaccine, and to create a stockpile of the vaccine and experimental treatments for use in the event the deadly disease reaches the country…” (Mordant, 11/3).

Nigerian Academy Of Science Head Criticizes African Response To Ebola

ScienceInsider: Nigerian virologist delivers scathing analysis of Africa’s response to Ebola “After Oyewale Tomori finished his talk on Ebola here at the International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, there was stunned silence. Tomori, the president of the Nigerian Academy of Science, used his plenary to deliver a scathing critique…

Nigeria’s Polio Infrastructure Repurposed To Address Ebola Outbreak

NPR: It Turns Out That Fighting Polio Is Good Training To Fight Ebola “Nigeria has been a stubborn hot spot of polio — and that turned out to be a good thing when it came time to fight Ebola. In late July, a patient with the deadly Ebola virus arrived…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Epidemic, Response

New York Times: Fighting an Epidemic With Hands Tied Lawrence Altman, physician and former New York Times senior medical correspondent “…Beyond the obvious dangers to health care workers — more than 270, mostly African, have died so far this year — a host of obstacles stand in the way of…

Malaria Elimination Possible With Ambition, Innovation

The Guardian: Eliminating malaria: how close can we get? James Whiting, executive director of Malaria No More U.K., and Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More U.S. “…Thanks to more than a decade of dramatic progress in reducing cases of and deaths from malaria, such an ambitious goal — to…