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January 13, 2016

A Billion in Pandemic Prevention Is Worth a Trillion in Cure

In October 2000, an Ebola outbreak was detected in Gulu, Uganda. The virus spread across the country, infecting 425 people and killing more than half of them. It was a wakeup call for the African nation, though apparently not the rest of the world…The document, commissioned by such heavy hitters as the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was written by 17 academics, policymakers, and nonprofit and industry leaders from across the globe. Threaded through its  acronym-filled bureaucratese is a politely scathing assessment of the World Health Organization, particularly its handling of the most recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa. That epidemic is only now coming to an end, after almost two years and 11,000 dead.

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December 28, 2015

UMass Medical School honors graduates, recognizes selfless work

UMass Medical School’s commitment to helping rebuild the Liberian health care system attracted the support of Paul G. Allen, who awarded the medical school $7.5 million to help combat the Ebola crisis in Liberia. The results of their work means that almost one year later, fear has been replaced by optimism, chaos has been replaced by normalcy and retreat has given way to recovery and most importantly, Liberia has been declared Ebola free.

 

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November 25, 2015

‘People Afraid of Donated Blood’

An official of the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that the Ebola outbreak in the country has not only caused the deaths of people, but brought uncertainty to other health services that should save lives.

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November 16, 2015

Guinea releases last 68 people from Ebola quarantine

The final 68 people who had been in contact with an Ebola patient were released from quarantine on Saturday, said a senior health official, raising hopes of an end to the disease in the last West African country with confirmed cases.

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October 27, 2015

Liberia: AfDB Approves U.S.$33.3 Million Ebola Recovery Fund

The African Development Bank Group's (AfDB) Board of Executive Directors approved a US$33.3 million grant to set up a Post Ebola Recovery Social Investment Fund (PERSIF) intended to support the implementation of the National Post Ebola Recovery strategies of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to CPIFinancial.net.

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October 26, 2015

Ebola: forgotten but not gone?

On Oct 16, two new Ebola cases were reported in Guinea, indicating the continuing danger of Ebola virus even after progress in bringing the west African Ebola outbreak under control. The outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone caught the world badly unprepared during 2013–14, resulting in more than 11 000 deaths. WHO responded slowly to this major challenge in countries with sparse health provision, and disease control measures worked imperfectly. During 2015, lost ground has been made up by provision of care for those infected and at risk of infection, yet recent developments illustrate the continuing health risks for those who have been infected.

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