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Ebola Data Platform Should Be African-Based, Led Effort

Nature: Build the Ebola database in Africa Brian Conton, clinical director of the Physio-Fitness Rehabilitation Centre in Sierra Leone “…This September, the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), a research network based at the University of Oxford, U.K., held a meeting in Guinea to discuss plans for an information platform to…

Red Cross Finds Millions Of Organization’s Ebola Aid Lost To Fraud

The Guardian: Red Cross ‘outraged’ over pilfering of Ebola aid millions by its own staff “The Red Cross has admitted that millions of dollars meant for fighting the deadly outbreak of Ebola in west Africa were siphoned off by its own staff. The organisation’s own investigations uncovered evidence of fraud,…

Deforestation Patterns Could Help Predict Future Ebola Outbreaks, Researchers Show

The Guardian: Research breakthrough raises hope of predicting future Ebola outbreaks “Scientists studying links between the Ebola virus and deforestation have made a breakthrough that could lead to the development of an early warning system for outbreaks. Existing research into how the disease could be spread from animals to humans…

Local Knowledge, Trust Important In Disease Outbreak Responses, Experts Say

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Motorbikes, trust, and pepper soup: Ebola tips to tackle deadly diseases “Unsung local heroes who helped defeat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa may hold the key to thwarting deadly epidemics in the future, experts say. … And yet the contributions made by communities have been largely…

Ebola Survivors Experience Eye Complications, Including Cataracts Among Youth

New York Times: Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts “…Cataracts usually afflict the old, not the young, but doctors have been shocked to find them in Ebola survivors as young as five. And for reasons that no one understands, some of those children have the toughest, thickest cataracts that eye surgeons…

CGD Blog Post Outlines Importance Of Research, Funding To Prepare For Next Ebola Outbreak

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: Preparing for the Next Ebola Outbreak: Incentivizing the Right Type of Capacity Kalipso Chalkidou, director of global health policy and senior fellow at CGD, discusses a recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) “making the case for…

Experimental Ebola Vaccines Provide Year-Long Antibody Responses In Liberia Trial

CIDRAP News: Liberia trial finds Ebola vaccines yield year-long immune response “A trial at the end of Liberia’s Ebola outbreak of two candidate vaccines that were furthest along in development at the time showed both posed no major safety concerns and triggered immune responses that lasted at least a year,…

U.S. Project BioShield To Add 2 Vaccines, 2 Treatments For Ebola To National Stockpile

CIDRAP News: Project BioShield adds Ebola vaccines, drugs to U.S. stockpile “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the first Project BioShield funding for Ebola countermeasures, which would add two vaccines and two treatments to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS): a single-dose vaccine licensed by Merck,…

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