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Blog Post Reviews Several Recent Journal Articles On Ebola, Lessons Learned

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Ebola lessons reiterate need to recognize global health realities Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, highlights several recent journal articles discussing various aspects of the Ebola epidemic and the lessons…

WHO Launches Global Registry Of Medical Response Teams For Humanitarian Crises

Agence France-Presse: WHO sets up emergency rapid response network “The World Health Organization launched a new network of rapid response medical teams Wednesday to react to humanitarian crises across the globe…” (4/8). U.N. News Centre: U.N. agency kicks off registry of vetted medical emergency teams, drawing lessons from past crises…

Ebola-Hit Liberia Focuses On Repairing Child Health Care System

Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Liberia rebuilds devastated child health care system “…The 46-bed unit [at Liberia’s first ever children’s hospital], just opened in Monrovia by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is part of the country’s response to the challenge of repairing its wrecked health service as it emerges from the nightmare of…

Researchers Studying Risk Of Sexual Transmission Of Ebola

New York Times: Ebola Researchers Take New Look at Risk of Sexual Transmission “Concerned about the potential for sexual transmission of Ebola, international health officials are investigating new reports of suspected cases and beginning studies to determine how often and how long the virus remains active in semen. And, for…

USAID To Provide $126M To Help Rebuild Ebola-Stricken West African Health Systems

USAID: USAID Announces $126 Million to Rebuild Life-Saving Health Services in Ebola-Affected Countries “U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein announced plans to spend $126 million to help rebuild West African health systems impacted by the Ebola outbreak at the Global Citizen Concert on the National Mall.…

Ebola Crisis Serves As ‘Wake-Up Call’ For WHO’s Need Of Structural Reform

Chicago Tribune: Big changes needed at WHO before the next Ebola crisis Editorial Board “…In response to deep criticism of its handling of the Ebola outbreak, WHO issued a statement last week that was surprising for its candor if not for its recommendations, which echoed yearslong calls for reform. ‘The…

South Korea Reports 32 MERS Deaths, 182 Total Cases; Patient In Thailand Recovers

Agence France-Presse: South Korea reports 32nd MERS death “South Korea on Sunday reported its 32nd death from MERS as the virus’s mortality rate continued to rise even as the pace of the outbreak appeared to slow. … The total number of infections remained unchanged at 182 and fifteen patients were…