Ebola cases slowing down in Liberia, says WHO

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The World Health Organization confirmed Wednesday that the rate of Ebola infections appeared to be slowing in hard-hit Liberia, but warned the crisis was far from over.  From AFP: “It appears that the trend is real in Liberia and there may indeed be a slowing of the epidemic there,” WHO assistant director-general Bruce Aylward told

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Doctors strike slows down healthcare in Zimbabwe

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Patients waited in long queues while others were being turned away at state hospitals in Zimbabwe on Tuesday as hundreds of doctors staged a strike to press for higher pay.  From AFP: “The nationwide strike has attracted an overwhelming response from all government hospitals with over 300 doctors withdrawing their services until the employer meets

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Quarantined MSF nurse to return home, says NJ Gov

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Kaci Hickox, a nurse who recently returned from working with MSF in Sierra Leone, will get to return to her Maine home for the remainder of her forced quarantine. From the New York Times: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, in a brief interview, said that he expected the nurse, Kaci Hickox, to be transferred

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Ebola quarantines a major risk, says Top U.S. health official

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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, criticized the quarantines imposed on travelers coming from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, in New York and New Jersey. From Reuters:  New York, New Jersey and Illinois imposed 21-day mandatory quarantines in the last two days for anyone arriving with a risk of

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Aid worker tests positive for Ebola in New York City

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A doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case. From the New York Times: The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across

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Nigeria declared Ebola-free by WHO

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The World Health Organization said Nigeria is free from Ebola after 42 days with no new cases reported. WHO representative Rui Gama said Monday the development is a “spectacular success story.” From VOA: Nigeria had 20 cases of Ebola and eight deaths as part of the worst-ever outbreak of the virus, which has killed more than

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GSK making rapid progress towards Ebola vaccine

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Britain’s biggest drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said on Saturday work to develop a vaccine to combat Ebola, which has killed thousands in West Africa, was moving at a rapid pace. From Reuters: “Development of the vaccine candidate is progressing at an unprecedented rate, with first phase 1 safety trials with the vaccine candidate underway in the USA,

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South Sudan takes on malnutrition, with help from aid groups

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South Sudan’s health ministry is teaming up with aid agencies to screen tens of thousands of children for malnutrition.  From VOA: The first-ever such screenings in South Sudan will be conducted in Central Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Warrap states. The information gathered will give the government an idea of how many children are

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Liberian health workers call off strike

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A two-day slow down by Liberian health workers who are leading the Ebola response is over for now. From VOA: Joseph Tamba, president of the National Health Workers Association, said they ended the strike Tuesday after receiving appeals from Liberians and the international community. Tamba said the health workers did not want to be responsible

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Food Rations cut in Afghanistan, 1 million at risk due to funding shortfall

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Funding shortfalls forced WFP to cut rations for up to one million people in Afghanistan, an early sign that aid money may dwindle as the international combat mission winds down. From the Guardian: The UN food assistance agency, which runs on donations from member countries, faces a gap of about $30m (£19m) for its programme in Afghanistan,

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16 countries with “extremely alarming” or “alarming” hunger levels

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The latest edition of the Global Hunger Index shows promising progress, but some countries are suffering from hidden hunger. AFP reports: “More than two billion people worldwide suffer from hidden hunger, more than double the 805 million people who do not have enough calories to eat,” the Washington-based institute said in its report. “This shortage

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