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European Union to boost Ebola research with €24.4 million

The European Commission has today announced €24.4 million from the EU budget for urgently needed Ebola research. The funding will go to five projects, ranging from a large-scale clinical trial of a potential vaccine, to testing existing and novel compounds to treat Ebola. The money from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme, will be provided via a fast-track procedure in order to start work as soon as possible.

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African Union: Seminar on protection of health services

Addis Ababa (ICRC) – The African Union (AU) Commission and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) jointly held a seminar in Addis Ababa on 22 October on the protection of health services in situations of armed conflict and other emergencies. The adoption and reinforcement of national legislation was one of 20 recommendations adopted by the AU Permanent Representatives’ Committee (PRC).

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Assessing and planning medical evacuation flights to Europe for patients with Ebola virus disease and people exposed to Ebola virus

Abstract

​The aim of this document is to guide decision-making when there is a perceived need for medical evacuation by air of an Ebola-infected or Ebola-exposed person from an Ebola-affected country to an EU Member State. The decision to evacuate must be based on:

• the likelihood of the person being infected with Ebola virus;

• the potential benefits of evacuation for the concerned person/patient;

• the risks associated with medical evacuation by air for the person/patient; and

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Promotion and protection of human rights, including ways and means to promote the human rights of migrants (A/69/277)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (b) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights questions, including alternative approaches for improving the effective enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms

Report of the Secretary-General

Summary

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Global Tuberculosis Report 2014

Improved data reveals higher global burden of tuberculosis

22 October 2014, Geneva - Recent intensive efforts to improve collection and reporting of data on tuberculosis (TB) are shedding new light on the epidemic, revealing that there are almost half a million more cases of the disease than previously estimated. The World Health Organization’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2014, published today, shows that 9 million people developed TB in 2013, and 1.5 million died, including 360 000 people who were HIV positive.

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World + 7 others
Ebola : l'ONU se félicite de l'arrivée d'un vaccin d'essai pour lutter contre le virus

Report
UN News Service

21 octobre 2014 – L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a annoncé mardi qu'un candidat vaccin contre le virus de l'Ebola sera bientôt mis à disposition dans le cadre des efforts pour lutter contre cette maladie. L'agence attend l'arrivée à Genève mercredi 22 octobre d'une livraison de ce vaccin de provenance du Canada.

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Ebola - Peut-on mettre l'Afrique de l'Ouest en quarantaine ?

Report
IRIN

NEW YORK, 21 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - Aux États-Unis, depuis le décès du Libérien Thomas Eric Duncan au Texas le 8 octobre et l'infection par Ebola de deux infirmières américaines qui s'étaient occupées du malade, les parlementaires sont de plus en plus nombreux à demander une interdiction des vols en provenance des pays les plus touchés par le virus, à savoir la Guinée, le Liberia et la Sierra Leone.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World + 5 others
Ebola : fin de l'épidémie au Nigeria, les Européens veulent "muscler" leur réponse

lundi 20/10/2014 - 10:37 GMT

par Alix RIJCKAERT / avec Ola AWONIYI à Abuja

Le Nigeria est parvenu lundi à se débarrasser d'Ebola, au moment où les Européens veulent "muscler" leur réponse à l'épidémie qui sévit en Afrique de l'Ouest, en mettant sur pied des rapatriements d'urgence pour les travailleurs humanitaires.

L'Organisation mondiale de la santé a déclaré la fin officielle de l'épidémie au Nigeria, pays le plus peuplé d'Afrique, lundi, au terme d'une période de 42 jours --soit deux périodes d'incubation de 21 jours-- depuis la confirmation du dernier cas.

Agence France-Presse:

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Ebola: On Experimental Treatments and Vaccines

Dr. Bertrand Draguez is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Medical Director currently working on the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Here he explains why developing vaccines and treatments for Ebola is important, what is needed in order for them to make an impact in this outbreak, and why MSF is taking exceptional measures in facilitating clinical trials for potential treatments.

What is MSF currently doing on experimental treatments and vaccines?

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For many journalists Ebola's invisible threat scarier than war

10/19/2014 - 13:35 GMT

by Laurence BENHAMOU

You can't see shells falling, guns pointed or identify the bad guys: for many journalists the invisible threat of Ebola is more unnerving than covering a war.

Along with health workers and aid workers, journalists have to get right up close to the epidemic to do their job, donning gloves, masks and rubber boots and washing hands with chlorine countless times a day.

Agence France-Presse:

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Complacency Could Jeopardize Africa’s Development Gains, Fight against Malaria, General Assembly Warns, Also Urging Immediate Action to Combat Ebola

GA/11571

Sixty-ninth session,
26th & 27th Meeting (AM & PM)

Sounding a note of optimism about the progress of African development, the international community should guard against complacency that might lead to backsliding on gains already made, the General Assembly was told today as it debated the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as well as the ongoing battle against malaria.

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 17 October 2014, vol. 89, 42 (pp. 457–464) [EN/FR]

Contents

457 Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza viruses and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness

Sommaire

457 Caractéristiques génétiques et antigéniques des virus grippaux zoonotiques et mise au point de virus vaccinaux candidats pour se préparer à une pandémie

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A Map of Community Health Workers in sub-Saharan Africa

Report
Direct Relief

As Ebola prompts calls and support for a much needed increase in the number of trained community health workers, it is critical that we understand where these workers are and where coverage gaps exist. To that end, Direct Relief and Esri developed a map to track the availability of community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (2015-2016): Resilience-Component Monitoring

3RP M&E Chellenges

Establishing an M&E Framework that reflects the distinctiveness of 3RP approach (compared to RRP6) in terms of:

  • INTEGRATION: Bringing together humanitarian and resilience-based development responses towards the achievement of common objectives/outcomes

  • ACCOUNTABILITY : Allowing to consistently track and report on (i) Progress against Outputs and (ii) Delivery against Output-related funding requirements under the Refugee and Resilience Components, respectively (and no matter funding sources)..

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Ebola: l'Europe vérifie l'efficacité des contrôles, la psychose gagne du terrain

16/10/2014 - 20:19 GMT

AJOUTE DÉCLARATIONS RESPONSABLES, FERMETURES D'ÉCOLES AUX ETATS-UNIS

Les craintes d'une propagation de l'épidémie d'Ebola se sont fait de plus en plus pressantes jeudi, les appels se multipliant en Europe et aux Etats-Unis notamment pour vérifier les contrôles au départ des pays africains les plus touchés par le virus.

Agence France-Presse:

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Les personnels de santé appellent à la sécurité et à la solidarité

Report
IRIN

NAIROBI, 16 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - Hanna Majanen résume le mieux la situation : « Ce sont les gestes que l'on fait automatiquement qui sont difficiles. Les gens se touchent le visage, se frottent les yeux et se rongent les ongles. Ce sont des choses auxquelles on ne pense pas ».

En tant que point focal médical pour Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) au Liberia, Mme Majanen connait bien les règles et recommandations établies par l'organisation pour ses employés qui sont les premiers à intervenir dans le traitement des patients atteints d'Ebola.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.