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MSF Officials Say International Community Must Do More To Address Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on statements from Médecins Sans Frontières officials encouraging a more robust international response to the West African Ebola outbreak.

The Guardian: World leaders ‘failing to help’ over Ebola outbreak in Africa
“The international community has made ‘almost zero’ response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with western leaders more interested in protecting their own countries than helping contain the crisis that has now claimed more than 1,200 lives, a senior international aid worker said on Tuesday. Brice de la Vigne, the operations director of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said politicians in industrialized countries urgently needed to take action, or risk the outbreak spreading much further…” (O’Carroll, 8/19).

New York Times: Relief Official Urges Groups to Step Up Ebola Efforts
“The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is ‘a complete disaster,’ and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope, the president of the relief group Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday. … [Joanne Liu] said agencies like the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other aid groups should become more involved in prevention and surveillance, including tracing the contacts of people who are sick…” (McNeil/Fink, 8/19).

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