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Foreign nationals from Ebola-affected countries can stay 6 more months

The Obama administration said Tuesday it will allow foreign nationals from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa to stay in the U.S. for another six months, even though global health officials said the outbreak that killed 11,000 people abroad is officially over.

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Preventing Diseases From Crossing Borders in West Africa Post-Ebola

Preventing Diseases From Crossing Borders in West Africa Post-Ebola:

 


When the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in Guinea two years ago, one of the reasons the virus spread so quickly was due to the high amount of people traffic across the borders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. To mitigate the introduction of new Ebola cases or other diseases by cross border travellers, the Red Cross has introduced a community event-based surveillance system. It is successful, in large part, due to the engagement of community members.

Settled near the Kolantin River, a Red Cross health screening post is now part of the picturesque landscape at the popular Binticabaya border crossing between Guinea and Sierra Leone. Outfitted with a hand washing kit, a thermometer, and a register, volunteers at the screening post are ready to monitor people crossing the river between the two countries.

"I cross twice a week to visit my wife who lives in a nearby village in Sierra Leone," says one soldier as he stops to wash his hands before going for his temperature check.

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Medical Practitioners school on maternal health

Sierra Leone News: Medical Practitioners school on maternal health

 

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Two Ebola deaths and three suspected cases in Guinea 'flare-up'

World Health Organisation had just announced ‘milestone’ of no new infections in neighbouring Sierra Leone when latest fatalities came to light

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SLRS Reaching the Community People

The SLRS team working hard to get information from the local communities and see ways how it report their problems and links them with solution.

The community people where very happy for the initiative and welcome the team in the community and promise to help with what ever asistance they would need to proceed with their job. The councilor on the far left, Mike in the middle, Mcdonald on the right where very happy to work with each other see how best the Resilience System works. The councilor said'' I hope this would not be like any other type of project that uses the people and make no changes, but will try help sovle problems of help in the community''. Mr. Mcdonalds the project lead makes it clear that the project would be from the people, and would work with the people and try to see how they would link the people with the possible solution available as Magazine community was one of the most affected community in the capital city of Sierra Leone with the last cases to come from.

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Treating Ebola with Plasma

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 antibodies that the body develops naturally to fight that infection. The transfusion of these antibodies into infected individuals (as whole blood, plasma, or concentrated antibodies) has a long history and has been proposed as a possible treatment for Ebola virus disease.

see more at: http://www.dddmag.com/news/2016/03/treating-ebola-plasma

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We’re Losing the Race Against Antibiotic Resistance, but There’s Also Reason for Hope

nytimes.com - March 7th 2016 - Aaron E. Carroll

A century ago, the top three causes of death were infectious diseases. More than half of all people dying in the United States died because of germs. Today, they account for a few percent of deaths at most.

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How People Learn to Become Resilient

Perception is key to resilience: Do you conceptualize an event as traumatic, or as a chance to learn and grow? CREDIT ILLUSTRATION BY GIZEM VURAL

Image: Perception is key to resilience: Do you conceptualize an event as traumatic, or as a chance to learn and grow? CREDIT ILLUSTRATION BY GIZEM VURAL

newyorker.com - February 11th 2016 - Maria Konnikova

Norman Garmezy, a developmental psychologist and clinician at the University of Minnesota, met thousands of children in his four decades of research. But one boy in particular stuck with him. He was nine years old, with an alcoholic mother and an absent father. 

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Building A More Resilient West Africa - How Open Innovation Can Help

         

Improving local health workers’ access to real-time health information will enable a faster and better response to global health threats. / Neil Brandvold, USAID

medium.com/usaid-2030 - by Ann Mei Chang - February 11, 2016

. . . The next generation of health information systems have to not only quickly and accurately deliver the necessary information to healthcare workers, but they need to be able to communicate with each other. The wide range of people involved in combating epidemics such as Ebola need to be able to efficiently and seamlessly share information to ensure coordinated responses and better resource distribution. . . .

. . . To get the conversation started, USAID put out a call for innovative concepts for improving interoperability within health information systems in the developing world. We gathered over 40 organizations for a three-day co-creation workshop in Washington, D.C. in November. Almost 100 experts — including donors, engineers, software developers and implementers in the field — arrived to co-design a solution. . . .

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Hawaii on High Alert of Dangerous Mosquitoes

america.aljazeera.com - February 16, 2016

Dr. Gavin MacGregor-Skinner, the director of disaster response at Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital, weighs in on Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/morning-news/2016/2/hawaii-on-high-alert-of-dangerous-mosquitoes.html

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