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U.N. Seeks Faster, More Flexible Ebola Response Amid Constrained Health Systems, Delays

News outlets report on the U.N.’s efforts to mount a more flexible response to Ebola in West Africa as it faces the challenges of slow diagnostic procedures and constrained health systems.

New York Times: U.N. Seeks a More Nimble Response to Ebola in Africa
“A shortage of international health workers and delays in building Ebola treatment clinics in West Africa are forcing the United Nations to change course in fighting the virus, and to call for smaller and more mobile treatment units that make greater use of local staff — and in turn require more money…” (Sengupta, 11/11).

U.N. News Centre: Stopping Ebola as fast as possible is ‘number one priority’ — U.N. envoy
“The number one priority is to stop Ebola as fast as possible and ‘get ahead of the virus,’ the chief of the United Nations emergency response mission said as the U.N. health agency [Tuesday] reported that efforts to contain the outbreak in West Africa are being hampered by cumbersome diagnostic tests…” (11/11).

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