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Shortages Of Money, Staff, Trust In Officials Challenging Efforts To End West African Ebola Epidemic

Agence France-Presse: Sierra Leone extends Ebola curfews indefinitely
“Ebola-hit Sierra Leone said on Wednesday it will extend curfews placed on its worst-affected communities last month until the deadly virus has been eradicated…” (7/8).

CIDRAP News: Two more Liberia Ebola cases as Guinea, Sierra Leone log 27
“Two more Ebola infections have been confirmed in Liberia, putting the number of recent cases at five, as the outbreak region reported its highest weekly total since the middle of May — 30 — which the World Health Organization (WHO) said overshadows new gains in contact tracing and case reporting…” (Schnirring, 7/8).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Lack of people, supplies and money plague Africa’s Ebola fight: experts
“Three Ebola-stricken countries will seek nearly $700 million in aid at a U.N. conference this week to rebuild their devastated health care systems, the World Health Organization said. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, which are all experiencing a resurgence of the deadly hemorrhagic fever, have budgeted a little more than $2 billion among them to restore their health systems…” (Gevirtz, 7/8).

U.N. News Centre: Ebola cases evade detection due to ongoing lack of trust in communities — U.N.
“The origin of the new cluster of Ebola cases is ‘not yet well understood,’ the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today about the outbreak in West Africa where a residual lack of trust in the response means that some cases still evade detection for too long, increasing the risk of further transmission…” (7/8).

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