EBOLA/EVD [to 29 October 2016]
“Threat to international peace and security” (UN Security Council)
We note that the Ebola tab – which had been listed along with Zika, Yellow Fever, MERS CoV and other emergencies – has been removed from the WHO “home page”. We deduce that WHO has suspended issuance of new Situation Reports after resuming them for several weekly cycles. The most recent report posted is EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE – Situation Report – 10 JUNE 2016. We have not encountered any UN Security Council action changing its 2014 designation of Ebola as a “threat to international peace and security.” We will continue to highlight key articles and other developments around Ebola in this space.
NIH [to 29 October 2016]
October 26, 2016
Ebola-affected countries receive NIH support to strengthen research capacity
The recent Ebola epidemic in West Africa highlighted the need for better global preparedness and response to disease outbreaks. To help address that need in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the countries most affected by the epidemic — the National Institutes of Health has established a new program to strengthen the research capacity to study Ebola, Lassa fever, yellow fever and other emerging viral diseases. In the initiative’s first funding round, NIH’s Fogarty International Center is awarding grants to four U.S. institutions that will partner with West African academic centers to design training programs for their scientists and health researchers.
The collaborations aim to develop research training proposals that would strengthen the skills required to evaluate vaccines, develop new diagnostic tests and treatments, and identify the most effective intervention strategies for disease outbreaks. These planning grants, totaling $200,000, are intended to help institutions prepare to compete for larger, longer-term Fogarty grants to implement research training programs.
“We hope these awards will catalyze efforts to identify existing resources and plan to address development of sustainable research capacity in the countries that suffered so horribly from Ebola,” said Fogarty Director Roger I. Glass, M.D., Ph.D. “By training local researchers in epidemiology and lab skills, and helping them form networks with U.S. scientists, we believe future disease outbreaks can be better contained.”…