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UN: Liberia Facing Grave Shortages In Health Workers, Bed Spaces To Combat Ebola

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact

* West African state hardest hit by hemorrhagic fever epidemic * Liberia has 350-400 bed spaces, far below target of 2,000 ...

Coerced Consent

B. D. Colen | Posted 11.17.2014 | Media
B. D. Colen

As I think about my work this past year in Liberia and Haiti, I am reminded of these thoughts I included in a Reporter's Notebook that I wrote for Newsday after returning from having covered the famine in Somalia in 1993. It strikes me that what I wrote then is always applicable to reporting in the developing world.

Liberian President Hopes U.S. Ebola Pledge Will Spur Others To Help

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact

(Adds quote, background) MONROVIA, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called a U.S. decision to deploy 3,000...

All Hell Has Broken Loose in Liberia

Sister Barbara Brillant | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion
Sister Barbara Brillant

The fear of Ebola threatens to undermine our efforts over the last decade. During the war, you could at least hear the bullets, and you knew when to duck. Ebola is different. It's a silent killer that can spread without people even knowing.

Liberian Town Loses Its ‘Prayer Warrior' In Latest Ebola Casualty | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

JOE BLOW TOWN, Liberia—“Sis” Jartu Kerkulah was in the floral-print chair in her living room when the burial team in biohazard suits found her. ...

American Ebola Survivor Kent Brantly Donates Blood To Fellow Missionary Doctor

Religion News Service | Karen Weintraub and Liz Szabo | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion

(RNS) An American physician who contracted Ebola while working in a West African hospital has received a blood transfusion from another American missi...

In Ebola-Stricken Liberia, Patients Can't Even Get Through The Hospital Door

Posted 09.13.2014 | World

The deadly Ebola virus is spreading so fast that the World Health Organization says its emergency response can't keep up. The already-struggling natio...

Five Ways to Strengthen the U.S. Response to Ebola

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

This is a manageable public health crisis that we know how to solve, but doing so requires our focus, our attention, our resolve and our resources, tools that only the United States has.

In Battle Against Ebola, Banning Flights Is Not the Solution

Donna A. Patterson | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Donna A. Patterson

Completely restricting air travel to countries battling Ebola and to those in the West African sub region is not the solution. In order to contain the outbreak, adequate supplies and personnel should be accessible to the affected countries.

Dispatch from Liberia: Ebola 101

Adam C. Levine | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

As I watch the woman seizing in front of me though, I do not feel helplessness, but shame. In many ways, learning how to care for patients with Ebola means unlearning some of my most basic clinical instincts.

Ebola, Justice, and Liberia's New Fight

Blair Glencorse | Posted 11.09.2014 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Almost unanimously, public health officials are predicting that the Ebola crisis will get worse before it is contained.

Ebola's Economic Side Effects May Kill More People Than the Virus

CARE | Posted 11.07.2014 | Impact

The devastating effect Ebola is having on West Africa's fragile economies is already coming into focus. Community-wide quarantines, road blocks, the suspension of international flights, and the closure of international borders are strangling commerce.

Behavior Change Is Key to the Eradication of Ebola

Darius Mans | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Darius Mans

In remote districts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone correct information and education is desperately needed, but messages essential to stopping Ebola's spread are not reaching those who need to hear them.

Powerful Video Shows Ebola Patient On The Run In Liberia

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

The fear and chaos wrought by West Africa's Ebola outbreak is powerfully illustrated in a Reuters video released on Tuesday of an infected patient on ...

What We Know And Don't Know About Ebola's Collateral Damage

Kim Yi Dionne | Posted 11.02.2014 | Science
Kim Yi Dionne

The Ebola outbreak may also indirectly kill people, by causing a sharp increase in non-Ebola deaths (e.g., deaths due to Malaria, or typhoid fever). Can this "collateral damage" be larger than the recorded death toll, as several reports in the media have suggested?

Dispatch From Liberia: An Epidemic of Fear

Adam C. Levine | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Adam C. Levine

As of this week, Ebola is killing 100 people every couple days in West Africa. But the true impact of the crisis in West Africa should be measured in the wider impact the disease has wrought. It is not Ebola alone causing the catastrophe in West Africa today -- it is an epidemic of fear.

3 People Showing Us How the War Against Ebola Will Be Won - Not Lost

Raj Panjabi | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Raj Panjabi

Amidst headlines of death, quarantine and abandoned hospitals, it is hard to feel anything but despair about West Africa's fight against Ebola. But despair doesn't end epidemics - only leaders with solutions do.

Who Fired Live Rounds in West Point? The Answer Matters for Liberians

Sabrina Karim | Posted 10.26.2014 | Media
Sabrina Karim

In a country like Liberia, it matters who fires live rounds. It matters who uses less lethal means to control crowds. It matters who is present when things go awry. The reputation of an entire institution is at stake. Because, in Liberia, where mistrust of the government runs deep, incidents can be used to fuel the flame for future violence.

Under Quarantine: Ebola's Impact on Women and Girls in Liberia

Emily Teitsworth | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Emily Teitsworth

As in many public health emergencies, adolescent girls and young women are among the most marginalized and at-risk population during this crisis. In the face of this national disaster, the Let Girls Lead (LGL) network of organizations in Liberia is working to save families from Ebola.

On the Front Lines of the Ebola Outbreak

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

In the face of the deadly Ebola outbreak, 2002 World of Children Award Honoree, Luke Hingson, is leading a major mobilization to help supply desperately needed medical equipment and supplies to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

What Is Needed To Combat The 'Biggest Ebola Outbreak That We Have Ever Seen'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living

The two American aid workers who were the first patients to be successfully treated for Ebola in the United States were released Thursday, but the vir...

Shocking Photos Of A Slum On Lockdown Amid Ebola Fears

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.21.2014 | World

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 1,300 lives and Liberia has the highest -- and fastest rising -- death toll, according to the ...

Clashes Break Out After Liberia Seals Off Slum To Control Ebola

AP | JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH and WADE WILLIAMS | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people insid...

Photos From The Frontline Of Liberia's Deadly Ebola Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

One of the biggest challenges in combatting the Ebola virus, which has claimed more than 1,200 lives in West Africa, is misinformation about the disea...

International Community, Including U.S., Must Do More to Stop Ebola Outbreak

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 10.19.2014 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

While our health planning mechanisms are likely to keep Ebola from our shores, we cannot avoid our role in the larger, global fight.