Media/Policy Watch [to 3 January 2015]

Media/Policy Watch

Accessed 3 January 2014
Ebola outbreak: Liberia lifts curfew for New Year’s Eve
1 December 2014
Liberia has lifted a curfew imposed to curb Ebola in an effort to let church-goers attend New Year’s Eve services, a government official has said.
Worshippers should avoid over-crowding and touching to prevent contagion, the deputy information minister said.
Health agencies did not comment directly on the one-night suspension, but warned against complacency.
Liberia’s government had hoped for an Ebola-free Christmas, but the disease has continued to claim lives.
The virus has killed nearly 8,000 people, mostly in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where it was first identified in March.
‘Great concern’
Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had ordered the lifting of the curfew so that the traditional New Year’s Eve services could be held, Isaac Jackson, the deputy information minister, told the BBC…

Accessed 3 January 2014
Are Placebos Ethical In Ebola Trials?
As more potential treatments for Ebola become available, there is increasing debate about the best clinical trial design to show benefit. There are as many viewpoints as there are ethicists and writers, about what is an appropriate strategy. Last month’s Advancing Ethical Research meeting, sponsored by Public Responsibility in Medicine and […]
Judy Stone, Contributor Dec 30, 2014

The Guardian
Accessed 3 January 2014
British Ebola nurse in critical condition, hospital says
Lisa O’Carroll and agencies
Saturday 3 January 2015 12.23 EST
Pauline Cafferkey’s condition deteriorates as another person with symptoms of disease after travel to west Africa is tested
The condition of the British nurse diagnosed with Ebola has deteriorated and is now critical, the Royal Free hospital in north London has said.
Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish public health nurse who had been volunteering in Sierra Leone, was diagnosed with the virus after returning to Glasgow via Casablanca in Morocco…

New York Times
Accessed 3 January 2014
How Ebola Roared Back
DEC. 29, 2014
For a fleeting moment last spring, the epidemic sweeping West Africa might have been stopped. But the opportunity to control the virus, which has now caused more than 7,800 deaths, was lost….

Wall Street Journal,us&_homepage=/home/us
Accessed 3 January 2014
Africa News
After Slow Ebola Response, WHO Seeks to Avoid Repeat
Health Body to Consider Rapid-Response Teams, Other Changes
By Betsy McKay in Atlanta and Peter Wonacott in Freetown, Sierra Leone
The tepid initial response to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak exposed holes in the global health system so gaping it has prompted the World Health Organization to consider steps to prevent a repeat, including emergency-response teams and a fund for public-health crises…