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Inequality Hindering Responses To Ebola In West Africa

Media sources report on how inequality is hindering West Africa’s response to Ebola and making it easier for the virus to spread. Agence France-Presse: Africa’s uneven health care becomes easy prey for Ebola “Threatened by the possible spread of an Ebola epidemic which respects no borders, Africa is divided between…

Australia Offers $16M For Ebola; MSF Asks Australia For Medics

News outlets report on Australia’s increased commitment of $16 million to assist with Ebola response efforts and Médecins Sans Frontières’s (MSF) criticism of Australia’s decision to donate funds but not personnel to the fight. Agence France-Presse: MSF rejects Australian cash, asking for medics instead “Global aid agency Doctors Without Borders…

U.N. Loses First Staff Member In Liberia; Ebola Probable Cause Of Death

News outlets report on the death of a U.N. worker who likely died of Ebola. Associated Press: U.N. says 1st staffer dies of ‘probable’ Ebola “The United Nations said Wednesday a staff member in Liberia has died from ‘probable Ebola,’ while the World Health Organization said it was optimistic that…

News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

News outlets publish articles on various aspects of the Ebola epidemic and response. International Business Times: Ebola Outbreak: Five People Infected Every Hour In Sierra Leone, Says NGO (Shankar, 10/2). Nature: Ebola outbreak shuts down malaria-control efforts (Hayden, 10/1). Newsweek: Officials Warn Ebola Outbreak Is Morphing Into a Humanitarian Crisis…

In Separate Outbreak, DRC Raises Ebola Death Toll To 42 Since August

Agence France-Presse: DR Congo Ebola outbreak has killed 42 since August “The Democratic Republic of Congo raised its death toll from the Ebola virus to 42 on Wednesday as it struggled to contain the second outbreak of the disease in Africa this year. The latest figures include eight health workers,…

U.N.’s Ban Calls For ‘Unprecedented Cooperation’ To Address Mutliple Global Crises

U.N. News Centre: In Geneva, U.N. chief stresses central role of human rights in global humanitarian efforts “Amid mounting crises, a warming planet, and the spread of contagious diseases, the world is being consumed by ‘many troubles,’ United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [Wednesday] as he pressed the international community…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various issues related to the Ebola epidemic. Vox: Why we fail at stopping outbreaks like Ebola Julia Belluz, health reporter, and Steven Hoffman, assistant professor at McMaster University and visiting assistant professor at Harvard University “…We’ve had outbreaks before, and they show us we’re not…