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Equatorial Guinea: Ebola - Facing Down Fear to Save Lives in Guinea

[IFRC]In Conakry, the capital of Guinea, everyone is frightened of the Ebola virus disease. It is the first time one of the most lethal viruses in the world has been detected in the country and stories are surfacing of people panicking, such as the time when passengers in a public transport vehicle abandoned the bus, in the middle of a traffic jam, when a pregnant woman inside, vomited.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news

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(Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017;216(1):34.e1–34.e5) The Zika virus epidemic raised many questions in relation to birth defects in infants born to mothers infected with Zika. This included whether the risk of adverse outcomes could be reduced after infection. During both the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and the 2014 to 2015 Ebola epidemic, there were missed opportunities to involve pregnant women in research to better understand poor neonatal outcomes or the effects of antiviral medications on pregnant women and neonates.
Source: Obstetric Anesthesia Digest - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Short Takes Source Type: research
November 10, 2017In the global health community, we often talk about reaching the “last mile”—generally those who live in the hardest-to-reach places of the world, farthest from the health services they need. But from the point of view of those families, the last mile is in fact the first mile.The global information and communications technology community seems to understand this more than we do in health. Studies  such as this look directly at first-mile issues—that is, “how connectivity looks, feels, and behaves from the subscriber's perspective. ” And researchers have done&n...
Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: news
Introduction The Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak started in Guinea in 20131,2, and as of June 10, 2016, 28,616 cases had been registered, with 11,310 deaths32. After the end of the original outbreak, in the three most affected countries in 20152, specifically, in Liberia in May, Sierra Leone in November, and Guinea in December, different flare-ups were reported. The biggest flare-up was in Guinea, which occurred from February 274 to June 1, 2016, with 10 reported cases and seven deaths3, while the smallest one was in Sierra Leone, from January 14 to March 17, 2016, with two reported cases and one death5. Flare-ups may ...
Source: PLOS Currents Outbreaks - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Source Type: research
[Observer] A woman who delivered twins during the height of the Ebola Crisis is appealing to humanitarians and organizations to come to her aid so she can adequately support the children.
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - Category: OBGYN Source Type: news
This study shows that a herpes viral infection of FMs sensitizes the tissue to low levels of bacterial LPS, giving rise to an exaggerated IL-1β response. Using an ex vivo human FM explant system and an in vivo mouse model of pregnancy, we report that the mechanism by which this aggravated inflammation arises is through the inhibition of the TAM receptor, MERTK, and activation of the inflammasome. The TAM receptor ligand, growth arrest specific 6, re-establishes the normal FM response to LPS by restoring and augmenting TAM receptor and ligand expression, as well as by preventing the exacerbated IL-1β processing an...
Source: Journal of Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: J Immunol Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: midwives who worked in Ebola centres in Sierra Leone have a wide range of experiences in caring for pregnant women affected by Ebola. Their views should therefore be sought and considered when new guidelines are being developed on how best to provide care for pregnant women during an outbreak of Ebola virus disease, or any comparable infectious disease. Balanced information, sufficient training, adequate equipment and access to support by colleagues and peers would assist the midwives in coping with the challenges they face. PMID: 28915377 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Midwifery - Category: Midwifery Authors: Tags: Midwifery Source Type: research
June 21, 2017A new global campaign is pushing for salaries, benefits, and formal employment for these crucial health workers.They crisscross the villages, urban settlements, hills, valleys and plains, sometimes on foot, sometimes on bicycles.They wear T-shirts with health messages. They carry bags of tablets, syrups, and health information materials. They mobilize communities to go for vaccinations. They distribute mosquito nets. They supply contraceptives. They accompany women to antenatal clinics and delivery rooms and ensure that they deliver their babies safely.They go by various names such as community health workers ...
Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: news
On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a far-reaching anti-abortion bill that critics have slammed as “cruel” and “unconstitutional.” After a landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down two Texas abortion restrictions last June, legislators in that state came back with a vengeance, considering some 50 anti-choice measures over the last several months. (Rewire called it an “anti-choice blitz.”) But the newly passed Senate Bill 8 stands out from the rest for the startling breadth with which it attacks abortion rights.  The Center for Reproductive Rights has already pled...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
IntroductionLiberia in West Africa has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world (990/100,000 live births). Many women in Liberia live in rural, remote villages with little access to safe maternity services. The World Health Organization has identified maternity waiting homes (MWHs) as one strategy to minimize the barrier of distance in accessing a skilled birth attendant. However, limited data exist on satisfaction with MWHs or maternal health care in Liberia. MethodsThis mixed‐methods case study examines women's satisfaction with their stay at a MWH and compares utilization rates before and during the E...
Source: Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health - Category: Midwifery Authors: Tags: Original Research Source Type: research
Funding Opportunity ID: 292933 Opportunity Number: CDC-RFA-GH15-16300301SUPP17 Opportunity Title: COPY OF Sustained Strengthening of Public Health Laboratory, Transfusion Services, and Health Care Worker Infection Control Practices for Ebola Virus Disease in LiberiaOpportunity Category: DiscretionaryOpportunity Category Explanation: Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative AgreementCategory of Funding Activity: HealthCategory Explanation: CFDA Number(s): 93.318Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)Additional Information on Eligibility: U...
Source: Grants.gov - Category: Research Tags: Health Source Type: funding
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