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Arthur Delaney

Lonely Senator Visits Liberia, Hopes To Remind America There's Still An Ebola Outbreak

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) traveled to the West African nation of Liberia this week, partly to remind the American people that an Ebola e...

Woman Who Saved Family From Ebola Will Attend Nursing School In U.S. (How To Help)

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact

Fatu Kekula didn't have a hazmat suit or physician's expertise. She did, however, have trash bags, some nursing training and the determination to save...

Time's 'Person of the Year' Spotlights the Crucial Role of Ebola Survivors

Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 12.11.2014 | Science
Raymond A. Smith, Ph.D.

The news that Time magazine has named responders to the Ebola crisis as their Person of the Year casts an overdue light on an underutilized strength in the battle: individuals who have been infected and survived.

13 Numbers That Show The Ebola Outbreak Is Far From Over

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

The world's worst Ebola outbreak is far from over. While news about Ebola has all but disappeared from U.S. TV screens and social media in recent week...

World Bank: Ebola Outbreak Devastating Economies Of West Africa

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) - The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is taking a heavy toll on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, all of ...

Giving That's Truly Worthy of Our Thanks: Combatting Ebola Overseas and Keeping Our Communities Safe

Dr. Karen DeSalvo | Posted 11.27.2014 | Impact
Dr. Karen DeSalvo

As families sit around their Thanksgiving tables today, there will be a few empty seats left behind by a group of courageous U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers who volunteered for duty in West Africa. Their mission is to offer help, healing, and hope to the people of the region and, in turn, protect our safety and security as well.

Cancel Africa? Oh, the Heartache

Geri Spieler | Posted 11.25.2014 | Travel
Geri Spieler

It seems to me closing off West Africa and limiting travel will hurt the economy of the continent as well as inhibit resources to actually help control the spread of Ebola. I don't want to be one of those people. It's not in my nature to cause suffering of those in need.

How Ebola Impedes Women's Empowerment in West Africa

Megan Foo | Posted 11.20.2014 | Teen
Megan Foo

It is patently clear that Ebola is injurious not just to women's physical health, but to their education, safety and economic well-being.

Ebola: The Political Tool of Biological Agents

Jihad Al-Jabban | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Jihad Al-Jabban

World War Z is coming! Or at least you would think so given the media sensationalism surrounding Ebola. But as time has shown us hysteria of Ebola is far more infectious than the virus itself.

Ebola Flaring Anew In Africa: Red Cross

Posted 11.18.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Red Cross officials helping to lead the fight against Ebola in West Africa say the virus is spreading, and they're having trouble rec...

Teach Kids About Africa as if Our Lives Depend Upon It -- and Maybe They Do

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 11.16.2014 | Education
Homa Sabet Tavangar

On top of the shear panic unleashed by the spread of the Ebola virus from West Africa, an astonishing amount of ignorance has reared its ugly head. As some have commented, this ignorance may be more dangerous to millions of people than the actual virus.

Moroccan Refusal to Host African Cup Rooted in Fear and Prejudice

James Dorsey | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The Moroccan decision to violate the terms of its agreement to host the tournament has prompted CAF to ban it from competing in Africa's biggest sporting event. The Moroccan decision appears however marred in contradiction.

Dallas Hospital Where U.S. Ebola Patient Died Setting Up Fund For Victims In West Africa

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact

The family of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola at a Dallas hospital on Oct. 8, is hoping to use the Liberian national's tragic death to benefit t...

Ebola Could Cause Girls In Liberia To Fall 'Way, Way Back' In School

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact

The implications of Ebola go far beyond West Africans' physical health -- the outbreak has made it increasingly difficult to keep young people in scho...

Sylvia Burwell: U.S. Ebola Response Succeeding In West Africa

Reuters | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell told lawmakers on Wednesday that the U.S. Ebola response in W...

Stop Ebola With Deep Dialogue, Not Bullhorns

Tiffany Persons | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact
Tiffany Persons

Strangers are driving through rural regions of Sierra Leone with bullhorns, shouting instructions about how to stay safe from the Ebola virus. Their intentions may be admirable, but their tactics are probably ineffective. Loud voices do not always get heard.

Ebola's Rippling Consequences

OpedSpace | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
OpedSpace

Many have decried the international response as deplorably slow. As a result, the consequences are jarring. The biggest lament is the obvious and horrific death toll. Along with a sick, dying and orphaned population, the crippling fear of being infected has rippling consequences on the affected countries and beyond.

Lynne Peeples

Ebola's True Toll Is Still Untallied As Another Deadly Fever Looms

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green

Dr. Ross Donaldson recalls traveling around the Sierra Leone city of Kenema a decade ago, "telling people not to eat rats." The multimammate rat, w...

Google Will Donate $2 For Every Dollar You Give To Fight Ebola

Associated Press | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) — Google is launching a campaign to help fight Ebola by contributing $2 for every dollar people donate to a slew of nonprofits such as...

1 In 7 Pregnant Women Could Die In Ebola-Hit Countries: Charities

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) - The rate of women dying in childbirth in West African countries hit by the Ebola epidemic ...

Ebola Quarantines Lead Potential Volunteers To Reassess Helping

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 11.08.2014 | Healthy Living

JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Robert Fuller didn't hesitate to go to Indonesia to treat survivors of the 2004 tsunami, to ...

Counterfeiting Ebola: Fakes, Frauds and other Malarkey

OpedSpace | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
OpedSpace

It is at this moment, in the face of the ever-spreading Ebola virus, that the risk of proliferation of counterfeit medications should be paramount on our minds.

Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 11.06.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

Only seven world leaders held office longer than Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaoré before his ouster late last week, following chaotic protests in the capital city of Ouagadougou, when protesters set the parliament on fire before the Burkinabé military.

The Criminal Side of Ebola

OpedSpace | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
OpedSpace

While the health crisis certainly is and should be the top priority, domestic and international efforts to address the predicament will need to look at the full impact the disease is having on the region.

Working For Humanity

Kieran McConville | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Kieran McConville

For those on the front line it's a difficult, and potentially deadly, task. The body of an Ebola victim can be highly contagious in the hours after death.