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U.N., U.S. Move Forward With Ebola Efforts, Recruiting Qualified Staff Remains Challenge

News outlets report on U.N. and U.S. efforts to contain Ebola in West Africa, and the challenges aid agencies face in treating patients.

Agence France-Presse: Stopping global Ebola spread ‘world’s highest priority’: U.N.
“The U.N. launched a mission Thursday to prevent the global spread of Ebola, describing the epidemic as the world’s ‘highest priority’ as the U.S. scrambled to limit its own outbreak to one patient…” (Dosso, 10/2).

New York Times: U.S. Aid Effort in Liberia Barely Off the Ground as Ebola Rages
“…Two weeks after President Obama announced that time was running out in the fight to stem the epidemic, the American treatment centers planned here in the center of West Africa’s Ebola crisis are still a long way off…” (Cooper, 10/2).

U.N. News Centre: Amid ongoing outbreak, head of U.N. Ebola response mission begins work with visit to Liberia
“Despite ‘good results’ in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, much still remains to be done in order to extinguish the threat posed by the virulent disease, the head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) confirmed [Thursday]…” (10/2).

Wall Street Journal: Lack of Qualified Staff Hurts Ebola Fight in Africa
“The U.S. government and its allies combating Ebola in West Africa have been frantically recruiting health workers to care for thousands suffering from the killer virus, but while more people are volunteering, finding enough qualified personnel has proven difficult…” (McKay/Hinshaw, 10/2).

Washington Post: Aid organizations are ‘desperate’ for help with Ebola as death toll surges past 3,300
“…Aid is now on its way from several countries, including the United States, which has dispatched a military unit to Liberia to build hospitals and coordinate the logistics of delivering aid to workers on the ground. The British government has also pledged a 700-bed hospital in Sierra Leone. But the impact of these efforts may not be felt for weeks or months. Meanwhile, the current rate of transmission and deaths continues to grow rapidly…” (Philip, 10/2).

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