Tag Archives: Ebola

Ebola responders analyze data from the last outbreak to prepare for the next

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In the chaos of delayed responses to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, patterns emerged in data from five treatment centers across two of the three most affected countries: While women were less likely to come to an Ebola treatment center, those who did were likelier to be sick with the virus; Ebola patients between […]

In Zika, as in Ebola responses, emergency responses meet status quo

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Of the $9.6 million the United Nations Population Fund tried to raise to address the sexual spread of Zika virus in countries around the world, it has received just $250,000, according to the World Health Organization’s most recent update on global responses to the disease, released last week. UNFPA had estimated that $9.6 million would […]

Zika makes it from Americas to Africa, while funding to build health systems there hits wall

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The day after both houses of Congress voted to fund Zika responses only at the expense of addressing ongoing challenges posed by the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the World Health Organization has confirmed that the strain of Zika now spreading in the West Africa island nation of Cabo Verde is the form of the […]

House, Senate bills show widely divergent views of time, money needed for Zika, future threats

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//UPDATE: SENATORS MOVED TOWARDS APPROVING A ZIKA FUNDING PLAN THAT WILL PROVIDE $1.1 BILLION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND RESEARCH ADDRESSING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND ITS EFFECTS. THE PLAN REPLACES SOME BUT NOT ALL OF THE FUNDING ADVANCED EARLIER, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE CUTS TO OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS AN INITIAL VOTE FOUND SENATORS  […]

With biomedical research driven by profit rather than need, MSF examines why innovation fails to address world’s biggest health problems

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Report proposes new and focused approaches to developing drugs, diagnostics and vaccines A pharmaceutical company develops a long-awaited drug that represents the last hope for hundreds of thousands of people sick with drug-resistant tuberculosis, but doesn’t register it in any of the countries where the burden of the disease is greatest. While the World Health […]

WHO: Ebola is no longer a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

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Acknowledging that a flare up of Ebola sickness and transmission in Guinea is ongoing, and that more clusters of Ebola cases can be expected in West Africa, the World Health Organization committee on the outbreak  today declared that the transmission of Ebola in the region that began in December 2013 is no longer a Public […]

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to the next

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The following is a guest post by James Thomas of MEASURE Evaluation Ebola has once again surfaced in Guinea. Meanwhile, the battle with Zika virus continues in Latin America. American responses to outbreaks tend to be disease-specific, driven in part by the latest images in the media. The White House recently requested $1.8 billion of […]

From PEPFAR to Ebola response, to Zika, to next pandemic, panel looks at returns on U.S. investments in global health

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Lesson: “We’re only as safe as the most vulnerable people in the most vulnerable places in the world” Two years after Médecins Sans Frontières advised the world to pay attention to the unprecedented spread of Ebola across West Africa, and a little more than a month after President Obama asked Congress to provide $1.8 million […]

Ebola: Known chains of transmission ended, leaving changed health landscape

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“There’s no question the disease did get away from us all, collectively, and in retrospect, there are a number of things that we would have done better and sooner . . .”  Dr Rick Brennan, Director, Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response, WHO Calling this “a good day . . . an important day,” representatives […]

Malaria in the time of Ebola: Alleviating health system impacts during crises

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The following is a guest post by True Claycombe, Policy Manager, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Friends of the Global Fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria welcomed malaria expert Dr. Susie Nasr for a recent webinar to discuss malaria and the Global Fund’s role during the Ebola outbreak in West […]