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45 New Ebola Cases Caused Daily By Patients Being Turned Away By Overwhelmed Volunteers

Jonathan Benson | Natural News | September 12, 2014

The collapse of Liberia's healthcare system due to the Ebola crisis is spurring as many as 45 new cases of the illness daily, according to new data. Researchers from the UK figure that each patient turned away from already full clinics is inadvertently spreading the disease to 1.5 other people, a rate of reproduction that could result in a full-on "nightmare doomsday scenario."...

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Big Pharma 'Overcharging' Poor Countries For Child Vaccines - Report

Staff Writer | RT News | January 21, 2015

Doctors Without Borders has released a new report blasting two top pharmaceutical companies for inflated costs of vital vaccines that have proved too steep for poor nations, recommending they adjust prices in order to save lives...

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Ebola Crisis: How Health Workers On West African Frontline Are Paying With Their Lives

Monica Mark | The Guardian | October 8, 2014

...That Nigeria has so far emerged relatively unscathed from its brush with Ebola owes much to the quick-thinking staff at an ordinary family clinic, who put themselves in the firing line for six days before the government was ready to relocate him. And, as elsewhere in this epidemic, those on the frontline paid the highest price: four of the seven fatalities were health workers, including Adadevoh...

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Ebola Spreads Exponentially In Liberia, Many More Cases Soon: WHO

Stephanie Nebehay and Umaru Fofana | Reuters | September 8, 2014

Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.  The epidemic, the worst since the disease was discovered in 1976, has killed some 2,100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and has also spread to Senegal...

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Ebola: Voices From The Epicentre Of The Epidemic

Emilie Filou | The Guardian | July 14, 2014

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is unrelenting: according to the World Health Organisation there have now been 888 cases and 539 deaths across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since the virus was first reported in March this year. The epidemic is unprecedented and the global health community has been left scrambling to contain the disease, for which there is no vaccine or cure...

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Global Bio-Disaster Response Urgently Needed In Ebola Fight

World leaders are failing to address the worst ever Ebola epidemic, and states with biological-disaster response capacity, including civilian and military medical capability, must immediately dispatch assets and personnel to West Africa, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced today in a special briefing at the United Nations organized by the office of the UN Secretary General and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Read More »

Google Builds a New Tablet for the Fight Against Ebola

Cade Metz | Wired | March 20, 2015

Jay Achar was treating Ebola patients at a makeshift hospital in Sierra Leone, and he needed more time. This was in September, near the height of the West African Ebola epidemic. Achar was part of a team that traveled to Sierra Leone under the aegis of a European organization called Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders. In a city called Magburaka, MSF had erected a treatment center that kept patients carefully quarantined, and inside the facility's high-risk zone, doctors like Achar wore the usual polythene "moon suits," gloves, face masks, and goggles to protect themselves from infection...

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Google Builds a New Tablet for the Fight Against Ebola

Cade Metz | Wired | March 20, 2015

Jay Achar was treating Ebola patients at a makeshift hospital in Sierra Leone, and he needed more time. This was in September, near the height of the West African Ebola epidemic. Achar was part of a team that traveled to Sierra Leone under the aegis of a European organization called Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders. In a city called Magburaka, MSF had erected a treatment center that kept patients carefully quarantined, and inside the facility’s high-risk zone, doctors like Achar wore the usual polythene “moon suits,” gloves, face masks, and goggles to protect themselves from infection...

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Google Fights Ebola

Staff Writer | Google | November 16, 2014

While governments around the world were unsuccessfully trying to make up their minds about the best approach, sitting around and debating and discussing about the most valid ways to combat Ebola …Google came up to the plate in November and its CEO announced it would pledge $2 for every dollar donated through its website. They set up a specific URL onetoday.google.com/fightebola to explain this original social action and invite people worldwide to contribute to this worthwhile, timely cause...

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Help Us Crowdsource Vaccine Prices Around The World

Carla Kweifio-Okai | The Guardian | January 20, 2015

Médecins sans Frontières is calling for the cost of the life-saving pneumococcal vaccine to be slashed, as it has become prohibitively expensive for poorer countries. Tell us how much it is costing you...

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India's Open Source Drug Discovery Program Faces Lack Of Funding

Marcus Johnson | Bioresearch Online | April 7, 2014

India's Open Source Drug Discovery Program, or OSDD, ran out of funding last week, as the ministry of science and technology did not clear the cabinet note to extend the project's funding on time. OSDD was created in 2008 in an effort to develop new drugs to treat neglected diseases, including Tuberculosis, Malaria, and Leishmaniasis.

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Let's Pay For Open Source With A Closed-Source Software Levy

Glyn Moody | ComputerWorld UK | October 22, 2014

This column has often explored ways in which some of the key ideas underlying free software and open source are being applied in other fields. But that equivalence can flow in both directions: developments in fields outside the digital world may well have useful lessons for computing...

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Liberia Closes Its Borders To Stop Ebola

Jen Christensen | CNN.com | July 28, 2014

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history continues to plague West Africa as leaders scramble to stop the virus from spreading.  Over the weekend, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf closed most of the country's borders...

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Medicines Shouldn't Be A Luxury - Médecins Sans Frontières

Staff Writer | MSF Access | January 28, 2015

What if the medicines that could save your life cost a hundred times what you earn in a year?  Many people in developing countries can’t get hold of the treatment they need to stay alive and healthy...

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Mobile Health Apps Have Role In Ebola Crisis

Neil Polwart | Information Week Healthcare | August 25, 2014

Mobile health apps could play a bigger role than they have to date in speeding the response to a global health crisis...

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