The Race to Stop Ebola in Mali

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Senegal and Nigeria were able to contain Ebola. Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone were not. Mali is on the fence. “Five people have already died. Mali confirmed a sixth related Ebola case Saturday; a female relative of a nurse who treated the imam. Every day, twice a day, teams are checking just over 300 people around Bamako. All of these contacts are linked to the Guinean imam who died of Ebola at a private clinic October 27, two days after he had arrived for treatment. Monitors have caught one case so far – a female relative of a nurse who died after treating the imam. The nurse had the most contacts – 98.” (VOA

Failure to Launch…A major project to expand access to clean water in Tanzania, costing more than $1 billion and receiving the backing of the World Bank, has yielded few results. Our own Tom Murphy reports in the first installment of a four part series.  (GlobalPost

The World Bank’s Latest Climate Change Report…”Past and predicted emissions from power plants, factories and cars have locked the globe on a path towards an average temperature rise of almost 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times by 2050, it said.”This means that climate change impacts such as extreme heat events may now be simply unavoidable,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim told a telephone news conference on the report, titled “Turn down the Heat, Confronting the New Climate Normal.”  (Reuters

Quote of the Day: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on…women -> “You cannot tell them to go out and dig the soil. This is against their delicate nature.”




The UN is set to miss a December 1 deadline it set for 70% of patients in treatment in and 70% of safe burials, largely due to lack of progress in Sierra Leone. (Al Jazeera

Some of Africa’s top musicians launched on Monday an alternative Ebola appeal song to Band Aid’s new recording of “Do they know it’s Christmas’ with proceeds also going to fight the virus that has killed more than 5,000 people in West Africa this year. ( VOA

Liberia’s president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government’s goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. (AP

An Italian doctor who has been working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment, the health ministry said Monday. It is Italy’s first confirmed case of Ebola. (AP

Doctors in Sierra Leone are to start their own clinical trial, using the blood of Ebola survivors, to speed up the search for a cure for the disease, which has so far killed more than 5,000 people in west Africa. (Guardian


NewLink Genetics, said it has made a deal with drugmaker Merck, to research, develop, manufacture and distribute the experimental Ebola vaccine. That move will put the two leading Ebola vaccine programs on more equal footing. (NPR


Kenya’s army said it killed more than 100 fighters of the Islamist group al-Shabaab in assaults on its camps in neighboring Somalia after the militants claimed responsibility for a bus attack in northeastern Kenya that left 28 people dead. (Bloomberg )

Caught in a forgotten war between rebels and government forces and beset by bandits who roam the lawless roads, villagers in Darfur say their lives can scarcely get any worse if Sudan insists on international peacekeepers leaving their region. (Reuters

A Maasai community near Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park may be able to keep its traditional homeland after the country’s president said on Twitter that the government would not take their land. (AP

A Belgian company destroyed hundreds of homes near a mine in southeastern Congo and lied about it for years with the help of a government cover-up, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday. (AP

Tanzania’s parliament will hold a debate this week on allegations of corruption in the energy sector, the speaker said on Monday, despite efforts by the prime minister to block the session. (Reuters])

A volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa erupted on Sunday morning, the prime minister said, calling for residents to evacuate. (Reuters

The U.S. State Department has condemned the decision by Gambia’s president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts. (AP

The UN refugee agency has sought to allay the concerns of hundreds of thousands of refugees facing food ration cuts in northern Kenya and stressed that these are not linked to the repatriation of Somalis. (UNHCR


Floods triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 32 people, swept away buildings, vehicles and roads and forced the evacuation of more than 200 people in southern Morocco, authorities said on Monday. (Reuters

Jordanian authorities have deported “vulnerable Syrian refugees,” including wounded men and unaccompanied children, an international human rights group said Monday, adding that a Jordanian government spokesman denied the claim. (AP

Turkish and U.S. forces will train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebel fighters at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of the campaign against Islamic State insurgents, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Monday. (Reuters


An Indian laboratory has confirmed that drugs used as part of mass sterilizations at a government-run health camp, which killed at least 13 women and made dozens ill, were tainted. (VOA

Afghan women are excluded from efforts to negotiate peace with the Taliban and hard-won rights could be bargained away unless more is done to include them in the process, aid agency Oxfam said in a report. (Reuters

Afghan lawmaker Shukria Barakzai says the suicide bomber who plowed into her motorcade a week ago wanted to silence a voice on women’s rights with a deafening blast. (AP

A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a collaborator of the Pakistani army to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war. (AP

The United States wants to step up its trade dialogue with India, Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Monday, after the resolution of a global trade dispute paved the way for President Barack Obama to visit India. (Reuters

Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia arrested 31 people on suspicion of trafficking women because they had held 14 people, 11 of them from Myanmar, state media said on Monday. (Reuters

The Americas

Mexico said it was summoning Uruguay’s ambassador after Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said that the disappearance of 43 students in southwest Mexico suggests the country is a failed state. (Reuters

The Americas are experiencing an epidemic that has been largely ignored by the rest of the world as it focuses on west Africa’s Ebola outbreak. The debilitating mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus has infected almost one million people since it first emerged in South America and the Caribbean less than a year ago. (Guardian

As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change. (IPS

An organization called City Health Works is trying to bring an African model of health care delivery to the United States. Usually it works the other way around. If City Health Works’ approach is successful, it could help change the way chronic diseases are managed in poverty-stricken communities, where people suffer disproportionately from HIV/AIDS, obesity and diabetes. (NPR


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