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AfDB and WHO sign US $60 million MoU to strengthen Ebola response in West Africa

The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, on Tuesday, August 26 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) cementing a US $60 million Bank grant to help strengthen West Africa’s public health systems in response to the Ebola crisis.

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La BAD et l’OMS signent un protocole d’accord de 60 millions de dollars pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

Le président du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), Donald Kaberuka, et le directeur régional pour l’Afrique de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé, le Dr Luis Sambo, ont signé le mardi 26 août à Abidjan un protocole d’accord scellant une subvention de la Banque d’un montant de 60 millions de dollars US dans le but de renforcer les systèmes de santé publics de l’Afrique de l’Ouest pour contrer la crise de l’Ebola.

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WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak

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DUBAI, 27 August 2014 (IRIN) - Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.”

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WHO Calls for Stronger Action on Climate-Related Health Risks

GENEVA ¦ 27 August 2014 – Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic injury.

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United Efforts in Central Africa Tackle the Polio Outbreak

Possibility of undetected circulation

An emergency response strategy has been introduced across central Africa to stop the transmission of poliovirus by the end of September 2014, in line with the goals set by the Polio Endgame Strategic Plan 2013 - 2018.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

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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Ebola: "tout est réuni pour que cela s'emballe" (codécouvreur du virus)

08/26/2014 08:37 GMT

PARIS, 26 août 2014 (AFP) - Le professeur belge Peter Piot, codécouvreur du virus Ebola en 1976, a estimé mardi que tout était réuni pour que l'épidémie "s'emballe" et a regretté "la lenteur extraordinaire" de la riposte de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), dans une interview au quotidien français Libération.

"Jamais nous n'avions connu une épidémie d'une telle ampleur (...). Depuis six mois nous assistons à ce que l'on pourrait appeler une +tempête parfaite+: tout est réuni pour que cela s'emballe", a mis en garde le Pr Piot.

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L'Ebola plus facile à éviter que la malaria (USAID)

08/26/2014 10:19 GMT

MONROVIA, 26 août 2014 (AFP) - Le directeur de l'USAID, l'Agence américaine pour le développement international, a affirmé mardi que l'Ebola était une maladie plus facile à éviter que le paludisme si la population était bien informée.

M. Jeremy Konyndyk, qui est au Liberia pour soutenir le combat contre l'Ebola qui a tué près de 1.500 personnes en Afrique occidentale, a dit à l'AFP que le fait d'enseigner aux gens comment se protéger eux-mêmes était la meilleure façon de vaincre la maladie.

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Ebola Could Sink Africa’s Rising Dreams

NEW YORK, Aug 25 2014 (IPS) - An airlift of emergency supplies needed for those treating Liberians with the virus Ebola was launched last weekend by the U.N. children’s fund, Unicef.

“The largest component of the supplies was chlorine,” for disinfection, said Unicef’s representative in Liberia, Sheldon Yetts. Other supplies in the airlift were oral rehydration salts and sodium lactate to help ensure people are rehydrated, and about 900,000 gloves for infection control.

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Communiqué of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) decision on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa [EN/FR]

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The Peace and Security Council of the African Union, at its 450th meeting held in Addis Ababa, on 19 August 2014, adopted the following decision on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa:

Council:

1.Takes note of the briefing made by the Commission, on the situation relating to the outbreak of Ebola in some countries in West Africa;

2.Expresses its deep concern at the current situation, and its full solidarity and support to the countries affected by this epidemic;

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Humanitarians get H.E.L.P. in Honolulu

HONOLULU – The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance facilitated the Health Emergencies in Large Populations (H.E.L.P.) course at the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu July 21 – Aug. 1.

The class consisted of 30 participants that crossed nine nationalities from around the Asia-Pacific region. The Center (CFE-DMHA) has hosted the course annually on behalf of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and in partnership with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa for nearly 20 years.

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African Union to immediately deploy joint military and civil mission against Ebola

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African Union

The African Union Support to Ebola Outbreak (Operation ASEOWA) is expected to deploy civilian and military volunteers from across the continent to ensure that Ebola is put under control.

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Anecdotal evidence about experimental therapies

Clinicians working in Liberia have informed WHO that 2 doctors and 1 nurse have now received the experimental Ebola therapy, ZMapp.

The nurse and one of the doctors show a marked improvement. The condition of the second doctor is serious but has improved somewhat.

According to the manufacturer, the very limited supplies of this experimental medicine are now exhausted.

ZMapp is one of several experimental treatments and vaccines for Ebola that are currently undergoing investigation. At present, supplies of all are extremely limited.

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Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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Global Health: Science and Practice Journal Volume 2 | Number 3 | 2014

Highlights from this issue:

  • Can oxytocin survive the heat in home storage conditions?

  • Is there more compelling evidence for global health programs than from RCTs?

  • What does it take to make cookstoves work as an intervention?

  • What are the challenges to scaling up visual inspection-based cancer prevention programs in Guatemala?

  • Can traditional birth attendants be trained to refer at-risk newborns in a rural African setting?

  • Where were the health facilities in Haiti when the earthquake struck?

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A systematic review of resilience and mental health outcomes of conflict-driven adult forced migrants

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BioMed Central

Background
The rising global burden of forced migration due to armed conflict is increasingly recognised as an important issue in global health. Forced migrants are at a greater risk of developing mental disorders. However, resilience, defined as the ability of a person to successfully adapt to or recover from stressful and traumatic experiences, has been highlighted as a key potential protective factor. This study aimed to review systematically the global literature on the impact of resilience on the mental health of adult conflict-driven forced migrants.

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Africa - Ebola Coordination and Preparedness, Emergency Appeal MDR60002

The Regional Coordination and Preparedness Emergency Appeal is launched by the IFRC to supplement and to support the current country-level Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Emergency Appeals and preparedness operations supported by the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). The aim of this appeal is to strengthen and scale up operations support, coordination, communication, capacity building and preparedness for at risk countries in the region and to prepare for the potential spread of Ebola outbreak to other countries in Africa and beyond.

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Ebola: Experimental therapies and rumoured remedies

The scale, duration, and lethality of the Ebola outbreak have generated a high level of public fear and anxiety, which extends well beyond west Africa. Such reactions are understandable, given the high fatality rate and the absence of a vaccine or cure.