U.S., E.U., U.N., World Bank Officials Call For Additional HCWs For Ebola Response In West Africa

News outlets report on calls from several officials for more nations to dispatch additional health workers to West Africa to respond to Ebola.

Associated Press: 5,000 Ebola health care workers needed in W. Africa
“More than 5,000 additional health care workers are needed to fight Ebola in the three most affected countries in West Africa, the president of the World Bank said Tuesday…” (Meseret, 10/28).

Associated Press: E.U. wants massive increase in staff to fight Ebola
“The European Union’s newly appointed Ebola coordinator on Monday said fresh E.U. funds should be used to finance a vast increase in health staff and hospital beds to treat patients in West Africa…” (Casert, 10/27).

IRIN: Ebola: Experienced doctors still rare
“The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. … During a visit to the three most affected countries that began in Guinea this weekend, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, criticized those countries who promised to send doctors and other aid, but have not yet delivered…” (10/27).

Reuters: Don’t let quarantine hysteria deter Ebola health workers: U.N.
“Governments must not deter health workers from coming to West Africa to fight Ebola and quarantine decisions should not be based on hysteria, the head of the U.N. mission battling the virus said on Monday…” (Bigg, 10/27).

U.N. News Centre: Ebola: U.N. envoy concludes visits to affected countries, presents ‘robust’ recovery plan
“…Over the past week, UNMEER chief, Anthony Banbury, met with the Presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and, on Friday, Liberia, in a series of consultations focusing on how an operational framework for international efforts could be ‘adapted and implemented to best support the ongoing national responses,’ the mission said in a press release…” (10/27).