Friday ’s Daily Brief: Education in Africa, Sudan flash-floods, WHO on Ebola, spike in South Sudan violence, Rwanda, Uganda move to normalize relations

A recap of Friday ’s stories: Education under fire in Central and Western Africa; Sudan flash-floods wreak havoc; Ebola outbreak spreads, albeit with fewer transmissions; UN rights experts on South Sudan; and UN chief welcomes understanding between Rwanda and Uganda
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Source: News from the National Academies - Category: Science Source Type: news
[Monitor] The US government has lauded Uganda's effort in containing Ebola outbreak that is currently ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
On tour in Africa, American officials said the U.S. would keep providing aid. But Congo ’s response has been uneven, and the former health minister has been jailed.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Ebola Virus Epidemics World Health Organization State Department Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Congo, Democratic Republic of (Congo-Kinshasa) Tanzania Uganda Source Type: news
Former Democratic Republic of Congo health minister Oly Ilunga has been detained over allegations of mismanaging public funds worth $4.3 million that were allocated to fighting the Ebola outbreak in the country, one of his lawyers told CNN on Monday.
Source: CNN.com - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
[New Times] Members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who held a meeting in Kigali on Friday to discuss regional countries' preparedness for Ebola and Dengue fever are concerned that there is no common regional policy, practice or guidelines on responding to an outbreak of epidemic diseases.
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - Category: African Health Source Type: news
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Source: IntraHealth International - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Family Planning & Reproductive Health HIV AIDS Noncommunicable Diseases Digital Health Education Performance Policy Advocacy Health Workforce Systems Health Workers Source Type: news
Conclusion: Efforts to systematically build responsible leadership and social capital at community level, including those that strengthen bonds in communities and trust across key actors in the health system, are needed to address health shocks like EVD outbreaks. Without building such capabilities in community resilience, it will be difficult to reap the expected gains from investments focusing on building physical capital and technical capabilities in health services and emergency preparedness. PMID: 31507254 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Global Health Action - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Glob Health Action Source Type: research
Ebola virus (EBOV) is a non-segmented negative-sense RNA virus that causes a severe human disease. The ongoing EBOV outbreak in the Eastern part of Democratic Republic of the Congo has resulted to date in over 2500 confirmed cases including over 1500 deaths. Difficulties with vaccine administration indicate the necessity for development of new general drugs and therapeutic strategies against EBOV. Host Ser/Thr protein phosphatases, particularly PP1 and PP2A, facilitate EBOV transcription by dephosphorylating the EBOV VP30 protein and switching activity of the polymerase complex toward replication. Previously, we developed ...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Ebola virus disease (EVD) transmission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo continued to ease this past week, with 40 new confirmed cases reported in North Kivu and Ituri provinces; this is the lowest weekly incidence since March 2019. While these signs are promising, it remains too soon to tell if this trend will persist. Emerging hotspots continue to pose challenges in terms of accessibility, insecurity, and violence. Surveillance indicators highlight that public health risks of further spread remain very high. During the past 21 days (from 21 August through 10 September 2019), a total of 157 confirmed cases were repo...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news
ConclusionsInfectious diseases such as EVD have far-reaching effects that impact health and nutrition through interrelated pathways. In Sierra Leone, the entire food value-chain was broken to the extent that the system-wide damage was on par with that typically resulting from large natural disasters. A food value-chain approach, at minimum, offers a foundational framework from which to position nutrition preparedness and response efforts for outbreaks in similar resource constrained settings.
Source: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases - Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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