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News Outlets Report On Ebola’s Toll On Liberia

News outlets report on issues surrounding the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, including the toll the disease is having on cultural norms, like hugging, the daily routine of an Ebola ward, and the prevalence of orphans in the country. The Atlantic: Ebola’s Territory: A Land Without Human Touch (Beck, 10/7). New…

Second Dallas HCW Diagnosed With Ebola

News outlets report on the diagnosis of Ebola in a second Dallas health care worker who was part of the team treating a Liberian man who died of the disease. Nina Pham, a critical care nurse who also worked on the Dallas team, was diagnosed with Ebola over the weekend.…

Ebola Survivors Engage In Outbreak Responses In West Africa

News outlets report on how some Ebola survivors are joining efforts to contain the virus and treat patients in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone Ebola survivors to hold landmark meet: U.N. “Dozens of Ebola survivors, now immune to the deadly disease, will meet in Sierra Leone this…

Violence Erupts In Sierra Leone Over Ebola; Dozens Of Survivors Released

News outlets report on the impacts of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, where violence erupted this week over the disease. Agence France-Presse: Ebola riot in S. Leone kills two as WHO to launch vaccine trials “Tensions surrounding the Ebola epidemic raging in West Africa sparked a deadly riot in…

Travel Restrictions Delay Efforts Of Medical Staff To Fight Ebola

Wall Street Journal: Travel Restrictions Hamper African Medical Staff in Ebola Fight “Scores of African doctors and nurses — many of them with experience treating Ebola — have experienced delays getting to affected regions because of flight bans and travel restrictions, an African Union official said on Thursday…” (Vogt, 10/24).

Ebola Hospital Workers In Sierra Leone Strike Over Compensation

Al Jazeera: Ebola hospital workers walk out over pay “Local workers have gone on strike in an overcrowded Ebola ward at a major district hospital in Sierra Leone’s disease-stricken east over claims the government is failing to pay them. … The action comes after several other strikes at the same…

More HCWs, Better Quality Care Needed To End Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: Why We Should Judge the World on the Health of Women Jim Campbell, executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance “…Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural, and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and…

Despite New Clinics In W. Africa, Shortage Of Health Workers Threatens Ebola Efforts

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New Ebola clinics useless without more trained staff “A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned…” (Dawson, 9/20).