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A massive response is countering Ebola in West Africa – The #EbolaReport, January 25th, 2015

A picture of the massive Ebola response that’s now in place in West Africa, and how it is making great strides in the fight to contain the year-long outbreak: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/situation-reports/en/.

Example: in Sierra Leone, 100% of districts have access to lab services within 24hours and have key religious and community leaders who promote safe burials; 1150 ebola treatment center beds available (that’s 8.7 beds per reported case currently); 96% of registered contacts to be traced are reached daily; 102 trained burial teams are available. 117 new cases were confirmed in the week of Jan 18th, but that was down from 184 in the week before.

Thank you to everyone who is working to turn the crisis around.

-Culled by Arthur Musah.

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Mali Watches 600 Contacts; DR Congo Outbreak Over; Other News – The #EbolaReport, November 19th, 2014

State of the epidemic
  1. Dr Martin Salia, Sierra-Leonean doctor, US permanent resident working in Sierra Leone and evacuated to Nebraska Medical Center, dies shortly after arrival (New York Times)
  2. “Ebola rages on in Africa,” death toll passes 5,000 (The Atlantic)
  3. 600 people under observation in Mali in attempt to avoid spread of outbreak; US starts screening travelers arriving from Mali (Daily Mail)
  4. Indian national treated and cured of ebola in Liberia is quarantined upon arrival in Delhi (Business Standard)
  5. DRCongo declares end of outbreak; this outbreak was distinct from the one in West Africa (United Nations)
Affected and at-risk communities respond to ebola
  1. Villagers forced to guard borders of Ivory Coast with Liberia and Guinea, sever family ties to try to avoid spread of ebola (NPR)
  2. “We were wrong. But we didn’t understand the source of this illness”: Communities that previously resisted health workers open up to ebola help (New York Times)
  3. Head of traditional leaders in Sierra-leone explains challenges facing chiefs’ involvement and impact in the response to the outbreak (Allafrica)
Medical response
  1. Ebola survivors from Nigeria share insights about key to recovery: replenishing fluids (Bloomberg)
  2. 3-day research symposium begins Nov 18 on ebola and other infectious diseases at York University in Toronto, will focus on drug development, treatment approaches, and socially and culturally conscious responses to disease (Medical News)
  3. Questionable ethics of US encouraging cuban doctors to defect while on overseas tour, like in ebola-affected countries, for example (New York Times Editorial)
Financial response
  1. Google to donate $10 million to fight ebola, matching donations 2 to 1 at onetoday.google.com/fightebola (Fin24.com)
  2. IMF to discuss debt relief for countries most affected by ebola (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone) at G20 meetings (Fin24.com)
  3. Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, proposes setting up a global epidemic fund; describes accomplishing this task during his tenure as his “moral duty” (Fin24.com)
And today, in absurdity
  1. Gallup poll shows that ebola is now in top 3 healthcare concerns of Americans (Gallup)
– Culled by Amah Edoh
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Mali’s Worrisome Second Case; Ebola Deaths Pass 5000; Other Developments – The #EbolaReport, November 13, 2014

  1. Ebola outbreak deaths pass 5,000 [BBC, Nov. 12, 2014]
  2. Mali Reports A Second Larger Ebola Outbreak [New York Times, Nov. 12, 2014]
  3. African answers to Ebola [Al Jazeera, Nov. 12, 2014] 
  4. Volunteer Ebola health worker: ‘I’m not crazy, just brave enough’ [BBC (Listen), Nov. 8, 2014]
  5. U.S. urges IMF to cancel debt of Ebola-stricken countries [Reuters, Nov. 11, 2014]
  6. Deploying Technology in the Fight Against Ebola [Huffington Post, Nov. 11, 2014]
  7. The Economist explains: Why mobile data to prevent Ebola has not yet been released [The Economist, Nov. 9, 2014]
  8. GSMA Ebola Mobile Response Blueprint [GSMA, October 24, 2014]
  9. Nigeria to Begin Clinical Trial of Ebola Vaccines [AllAfrica.com, Nov. 10, 2014]
– Culled by Fawah N. Akwo
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Mali Curtailing Ebola; Sharp Rise in Sierra Leone; Google, Facebook Join Ebola Fight – the #EbolaReport, November 11, 2014

  1. In Quick Response, Mali Thwarts an Ebola Outbreak: In tracing the travel of a 2-year-old girl and her family from Guinea and quarantining 108 people, Malian officials believe they have limited the outbreak in the co… [www.nytimes.com]
  2. Ebola cases in Sierra Leone show sharp rise: Official figures show 111 new cases on Sunday, the highest daily rate since August, as UN warns numbers may be much higher [www.theguardian.com]
  3. Google will give $2 dollars for every $1 you donate to fight Ebola: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/doubling-down-on-ebola-donations.html
  4. Support the ebola fight via Facebook’s fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/fightebola/
  5. Ebola Today Could Mean Illiteracy Tomorrow In West Africa: Millions of children aren’t going to school because of Ebola. The fear is that some kids will never return to class. [www.npr.org]
  6. Billionaires Aliko Dangote, Strive Masiyiwa, Patrice Motsepe Join Fight Against Ebola: As the Ebola epidemic rages on in West Africa, the African Union (AU) has joined forces with the African Development Bank (AfDB), the United Nations Economic … [www.forbes.com]
  7. Reggae Vibe, Ebola Message: African Superstars Try To Go Viral (Move over Bob Geldof…!): They’re some of the most popular musicians in West Africa, joining voices to sing (mainly in French but also in some local languages) about defeating an “invisible … [www.npr.org]
  8. Bill Shorten: US dragging Australia ‘kicking and screaming’ into Ebola fight: Australian opposition leader says public plea from US to help more in west Africa is ‘hugely embarrassing’ [www.theguardian.com]
– Culled by Gloria K. Aggrey.

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Is the Ebola crisis almost under control as more assistance flows into West Africa? – The #EbolaReport, November 6, 2014

Light at the end of long dark tunnel: Is the Ebola crisis almost under control as more assistance flows into West Africa?

  1. Emergency Funding Request to Enhance the U.S. Government’s Response to Ebola at Home and Abroad (The White House – Office of the Press Secretary, November 5th, 2014)
  2. Life-Saving Ebola Supplies Headed to Liberia (Samaritan’s Purse, November 5th, 2014)
  3. Senegal boosts Ebola awareness through SMS campaign (WHO, November 5th, 2014)
  4. Ebola crisis draining development budgets in West Africa (UNDP, November 5th, 2014)
  5. No New Cases in Liberia’s Ebola ‘Epicenter’ BUT Liberians warned not to celebrate too soon (Heritage, November 4th, 2014)
  6. Distribution of imperfect home disinfection kits in West Point suburbs (MSF, November 5th, 2014)
  7. Fewer Ebola cases in Liberia but surge in Sierra Leone (AllAfrica, November 4th, 2014)
  8. “World-class” Ebola centre in Sierra Leone (AllAfrica, November 4th, 2014)
  9. Sierra Leone thanks China for anti-Ebola aid (AllAfrica, November 4th, 2014)
  10. Lessons from Nigeria (AllAfrica, November 3rd, 2014)
  11. US intervention helping Ebola fight in West Africa – Samantha Power (CBS Face the Nation, November 2nd, 2014)

– Culled By Evita Grant

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Webcast & Live: Medical Grand Rounds on Ebola, with Dr. Paul Farmer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – 8AM, October 31, 2014

MEDICAL GRAND ROUNDS: “Pandemic Ebola Virus Disease: Integrating Prevention and Care”
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Bornstein Family Amphitheater
8:00am-9:00am
Friday, October 31, 2014

Paul E. Farmer, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Division of Global Health Equity, BWH
Kolokotrones University Professor, Harvard University
Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, HMS
Co-founder, Partners In Health
(No Relevant Financial Relationships to Disclose)

Learning Objectives:
1. Review the clinical course and management of Ebola Virus Disease across contexts.
2. Explore the hypothesis that weak health systems are the chief determinant of case fatality rate for Ebola Virus Disease.

Target Audience: Physicians, Scientist and Researchers
Course Director: Robert I. Handin, MD
Planner: Joseph Loscalzo, MD, PhD
Reviewer: Susan O’Brien, CCMEP
(No Relevant Financial Relationships to Disclose)

WEBCAST INSTRUCTIONS

1.Please download and install Microsoft Silverlight:
http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/
2.Please join the live webcast by clicking this link; note that audio will be muted until 8:00AM: https://bwhedtech.media.partners.org/programs/live/mgr

For technical issues, contact the Help Desk.
For live webcasting questions, comments and feedback, send to BWH Webcasts: bwhwebcasts@partners.org

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Is The Situation In West Africa Improving? – The #EbolaReport, October 30, 2014

Is the situation in West Africa improving?

1. BBC: Ebola cases slowing in Liberia, according to the WHO but it’s hard to be heartened by the WHO’s statements when
2. according to the NYT, responders on the ground in West Africa do not feel like the epidemic has turned the corner
3. Africanews24: Nurses talk about patients getting better
4. NYT: Responders face daily excruciating dilemmas about how best to provide care with limited resources — “[King] Solomon would be on his knees after a week here”
5. The Guardian: Mali’s first ebola casualty was a 2-yr old girl; all potential contacts have been identified, 112 people are in isolation and under observation

Response efforts

6. The Guardian, “Third possible Ebola vaccine to be sped through human safety trials” with donation from Canadian govt & Wellcome Trust
7. forbes.com, Patrice Motsepe, “Africa’s first billionaire,” donates $1million to Ebola fight
8. The Independent: UK Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launches appeal campaign in UK, saying West Africa is 60 days from a humanitarian catastrophe [not crazy about the article’s title “60 days to save West Africa”…] and
9. allafrica.com: UK Aid will match first 5million pounds in donations to DEC, pound for pound

Fallout from epidemic in Africa

10. Africanews24: Tourism in EAST Africa slumping

A couple of pieces for thinking critically about the reaction to Ebola cases in the US:

11. jezebel.com — depictions of Ebola in Africa in the US press can be seen as a contemporary episode of longstanding discourse about the moral and physical dangers of dirty, black/brown, uncivilized bodies
12. salon.com — “History repeating itself” — AIDS activists lament parallels between response to ebola today and HIV/AIDS in the 1980s

– Culled by Amah Edoh.

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