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USAID Working With West African Governments To Maintain Economic Growth Amid Ebola Epidemic

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Recapturing Growth in Ebola-Stricken West Africa Stephen O’Connell, chief economist for USAID, discusses how the Ebola epidemic is affecting the economies of the three worst-hit nations and the work being done to counteract those effects. “…New Ebola cases continue to be recorded in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone,…

G20 Leaders Urge Governments To Commit More Resources To Ebola Epidemic Reponses In West Africa

News outlets report on the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, where leaders released a statement vowing to mobilize resources to end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Ebola also was addressed in the G20 Leaders’ Communiqué. Agence France-Presse: World leaders vow to ‘extinguish’ Ebola “The world’s most powerful economies vowed on…

Guinea’s Remote Villages Now Cooperating With Outside Health Workers

New York Times: Fear of Ebola Opens Wary Villages to Outsiders in Guinea “…Residents in [this remote Guinean] region have killed local officials proselytizing about Ebola, blocked barely passable roads with trees, and vehemently refused help from outsiders, viewing them as propagators of the virus in moon suits of protective…

Trust, Communication Critical In Fight Against Ebola In West Africa, Researchers Say

Baltimore Sun: Public health experts stress importance of trust in West Africa as they fight Ebola “When public health workers began canvassing West African villages this spring and summer warning of something called Ebola, they were met with fear — but not of the deadly virus. … Residents said the…

Government Partnerships With Private Foundations Become Critical In Ebola Response

Washington Post: In Ebola fight, private foundations provide critical financial aid “…The unpredictable nature of the Ebola virus has made the government’s partnerships with private donors critically important in the crisis response. Working outside the politically charged federal appropriations process and the sometimes sluggish bureaucracy, foundations and private individuals have…

Separate Ebola Outbreak In DRC Declared Over

News outlets report on an announcement that the separate outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has ended. Associated Press: Congo says its separate Ebola outbreak is over “Congolese officials say its separate Ebola outbreak that killed dozens of people this year as an unrelated Ebola epidemic swept…