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West Africa Health Systems Work To Stem Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on the ongoing challenges and responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: Regional Ebola response center to be set up in Guinea
“A regional center is being set up in Guinea to coordinate the response to the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds of people in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Friday…” (7/11).

Reuters: As Ebola stalks West Africa, medics fight mistrust, hostility
“Governments and health agencies trying to contain the world’s deadliest ever Ebola epidemic in West Africa fear the contagion could be worse than reported because suspicious locals are chasing away health workers and shunning treatment…” (Samb/Bailes, 7/14).

Inter Press Service: Defying the Ebola Odds in Sierra Leone
“The Public Health Education Officer for Sierra Leone’s Eastern Province, Michael Vandi, who is based in the Kenema hospital which houses the country’s only Supportive Treatment Centre and testing laboratory for Ebola, said that the country is far from winning the fight against the disease, blaming people’s fear and denial of the disease…” (7/12).

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