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West African Nations, NGOs Prepare For New Ebola Cases

News outlets examine efforts to contain Ebola by West African nations, the U.N., and other aid groups, as Liberia and Sierra Leone brace for new cases.

Agence France-Presse: Liberia warns Ebola may force region back into conflict
“Liberia has warned it may slip back to civil war along with neighboring Sierra Leone if the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa is allowed to continue to spread…” (Dosso, 9/23).

Associated Press: Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases
“Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic…” (Roy-Macaulay/Paye-Layleh, 9/22).

Devex: ‘Aid now, reflection later’
“…At JFK International Airport in New York, Devex Impact reporter Adva Saldinger witnessed on site how an airplane was loaded with 100 tons of supplies for Liberia and Sierra Leone, and heard from two diplomats what these two countries need at this time to not only respond to the virus, but also later on rebuild their public health systems to prevent a future epidemic…” (9/22).

Foreign Policy: Is Ebola the Beginning of the End of the World?
“Dr. Mohammed Sankoh, the medical director of Redemption Hospital, stole a few moments before meeting with his staff to sketch out a sermon in cursive in a blue spiral notebook. … In addition to working at Redemption, Sankoh is a part-time preacher at Philadelphia Church here in Monrovia. But his two roles intertwine these days, as he seeks understanding in a crisis of unprecedented, horrible proportions: the Ebola outbreak…” (MacDougall, 9/22).

IRIN: West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread
“As the Ebola caseload rises to over 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected by the deadly virus are gearing up for its potential spread across new borders by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers, identifying isolation centers, and disseminating prevention campaign messages, among other activities…” (9/22).

New York Times: Fresh Graves Point to Undercount of Ebola Toll
“…The Ebola epidemic is spreading rapidly in Sierra Leone’s densely packed capital — and it may already be far worse than the authorities acknowledge…” (Nossiter, 9/22).

U.N. News Centre: Advance team of U.N. mission for Ebola response arrives in West Africa
“Laying the groundwork for the effective and coherent action necessary to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has sickened more than 5,800 people and killed some 2,800, an advance team of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response arrived today in Accra, Ghana, to set up the operation’s headquarters…” (9/22).

Washington Post: New effort to fight Ebola in Liberia would move infected patients out of their homes
“Looking for a new approach to blunt the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa, the Liberian government, the World Health Organization, and their nonprofit partners here are launching an ambitious but controversial program to move infected people out of their homes and into ad hoc centers that will provide rudimentary care, officials said Monday…” (Bernstein/Sun, 9/22).

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