U.N. Urges Calm, More Support After DRC Ebola Outbreak Declared International Public Health Emergency

STAT: What the Ebola emergency means, what it doesn’t mean, and what’s next
“…The idea was to raise awareness of the issue at higher levels within governments around the world; that is what PHEICs are intended to do. That, it’s hoped, is what will result from declaring the North Kivu-Ituri Ebola outbreak a PHEIC — that governments around the world, with their purses and emergency response expertise, will start paying more attention to this long-running crisis” (Branswell, 7/19).

U.N. News: Don’t panic, support DR Congo in fight against deadly Ebola virus, U.N. health agency urges
“Ebola virus is just one challenge among many facing communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, reiterating an appeal for the international community to show support and solidarity for its people. Speaking in Geneva, spokesperson Dr. Margaret Harris noted that measles has already killed more people this year than the Ebola outbreak, which began last August…” (7/19).

Xinhua News: A.U. to deploy more health care experts to tackle Ebola crisis
“The African Union (A.U.) on Saturday said it will deploy more health care experts to respond to the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). … According to the 55-member pan-African bloc, the decision to increase the number of volunteers is in response to the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO), categorizing the outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)…” (7/20).

Additional coverage of the DRC Ebola outbreak and response is available from Al Jazeera (2), Associated Press, Bloomberg, Bloomberg/Washington Post, The BMJ, CIDRAP News, Health Policy Watch, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, The Telegraph (2), and World Politics Review.

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