Thursday, September 18, 2014
  1. Ice Buckets and Ebola

    Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed

    Ice Buckets and Ebola


     compares Western responses to the summer's two top health stories.

    Ice bucket challenge and ebola Martin | CDC Global/Flickr

    The contrast between the Ice Bucket Challenge and this summer’s other major health story, the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history, could not be more striking. While thousands of Americans soak themselves to benefit ALS research, Ebola has become a public-health catastrophe in West Africa, one of the world’s poorest regions. READ MORE

  2. Africa Beyond Ebola

    Ana Palacio

    Africa Beyond Ebola


     says that the disease's outbreak has overshadowed three key recent events affecting the region.

    Microfinance Africa Gates Foundation/Flickr

    Among this summer’s grave global worries, the spread of the Ebola virus has monopolized the discussion of Sub-Saharan Africa and reinvigorated hoary notions of disorder and despair – at a time when a new image of a dynamic Africa was emerging. In fact, there is still strong reason for optimism about the region’s prospects. READ MORE

  3. A Meeting of Minds on HIV/AIDS

    Françoise Barré-Sinoussi
  4. Africa’s Hidden Hunger

    Ramadhani Abdallah Noor
  5. The Ethics of Ebola

    Donna Dickenson

    The Ethics of Ebola


     asks whether – and to whom – unapproved drugs and vaccines should be administered.

    Medical Research AIDSVaccine/Flickr

    As the Ebola virus – which can kill up to 90% of its victims – grips an unprecedentedly wide swath of Africa, many are asking whether it is time to begin administering untested drugs and vaccines. But the suggestion raises difficult ethical questions, and the urgency of the situation does not leave much time for deliberation. READ MORE

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