More Ebola Cases Confirmed In DRC Outbreak; A.U. Plans Fundraising Forum To Aid Response; Devex Examines IHR In Light Of Suspected Tanzania Cases

CIDRAP News: New Ebola cases confirmed in outbreak that hits women hard
“As has been the trend over the last several weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a handful of new Ebola cases today in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) North and South Kivu and Ituri provinces. Three new cases were recorded [Wednesday] on the WHO’s Ebola dashboard, lifting the outbreak total to 3,197, including 2,136 deaths…” (Soucheray, 10/2).

Devex: Ebola in Tanzania? A question on global governance for infectious diseases
“Last week, the U.S. government warned travelers of ‘probable Ebola’ in Tanzania, even as the Tanzanian government and the World Health Organization engage in discussion after the latter’s public accusation of the government’s refusal to share information on suspected Ebola cases in the country. Questions now arise on the state of the International Health Regulations as a global governance structure for infectious disease outbreaks…” (Ravelo/Jerving, 10/3).

New Humanitarian: In Congo, a ‘militarized’ Ebola response has fueled community resistance
“…[S]everal … residents interviewed by The New Humanitarian in July near the epicenter of the outbreak in North Kivu province said their trust in the relief effort had been compromised by the heavy-handed government security forces who regularly escort health workers…” (Freudenthal, 10/2).

Xinhua: A.U. calls for concerted efforts against Ebola outbreak as death toll reaches 2,133
“The African Union (A.U.) on Wednesday urged concerted efforts against the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the death toll climbed to 2,133. … The A.U. also disclosed its plan to convene a fundraising forum of African private sector and donors, dubbed ‘Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust Fund,’ on October 15 to support the ongoing response against the Ebola virus outbreak in the DRC…” (10/3).

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