Ebola over, but WHO failure pinned on politicians

By Tania Rabesandratana Just as the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates the end of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, an academic paper says governments “bear the bulk of responsibility” for the UN body’s failures during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Yesterday (14 January), the WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak in Liberia. …

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Can we treat Ebola with plasma? The results are in

Peter Horby, University of Oxford and Catrin Moore, University of Oxford During the Ebola outbreak of 1995 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, eight patients with Ebola were given blood transfusions from people who had recently recovered from Ebola. Seven of them survived. The blood of people who have recently recovered from an infection contains …

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Foreign troops helped defeat Ebola outbreak

By Gareth Willmer Military intervention during the 2014 Ebola outbreak was helpful, but more research is needed to define how the armed forces can work with civilian organisations in future health crises, a report says. More than 5,000 foreign soldiers were deployed to help combat Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone after aid organisations …

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Communicate ‘across borders’ to beat epidemics

By Imogen Mathers In the 18 months since Guinea confirmed its first case of Ebola, those involved in emergency response have faced tough questions. Accusations have been levelled at the WHO and others in the global health sector for their slow response, at national governments and their failing health systems, at journalists for scaremongering and …

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Aid agencies urged to sustain Ebola data advances

By Puneet Kollipara International aid teams must do more to maintain improvements in health data collection and early warning systems following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, a conference has heard. Strides made in building systems to collect data on infectious diseases and track outbreaks will only endure with long-term commitment, said Athalia Christie, the …

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