l. The Guardian reports that UK workers at a Sierra Leone EBOV treatment center have walked out because the Italian NGO called Emergency which runs the treatment center was/is using Amiodarone as an experimental drug to treat EBOV. Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust, stated that Amiodarone was not acceptable in an EBOV treatment center and should only be used in carefully controlled conditions. The NGO called Emergency is also using diuretics to flush kidneys in EBOV patients. WHO and the UN should address this situation with the Sierra Leone government, and I expect they already have. See details of the troubles with Emergency at: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/22/ebola-untested-drug-patients-sierra-leone-uk-staff-leave
2. The Lancet has an article by Kentikelenis, et. al. from the Sociology Department at University of Cambridge about the IMF and the EBOV epidemic. The authors state that the conditions which accompany IMF grants to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea are so strict regarding monetary policy that EBOV rates have risen as a result. This article has received much attention in the U.S. on the media today. See the article at: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(14)70377-8/fulltext
3. The IMF has responded to Kentikelenis, et, al. with a rebuttal on their website. See the IMF response at: http://www.imf.org/external/np/vc/2014/122214.htm. The IMF says the authors do not have their facts straight. I expect the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Fortunately, the IMF recently donated $130 Million to the EBOV fight in West Africa.
I am pleased to announce that a NGO called TOFIQ (Together for Iraq) has just published its first issue of the TOFIQ Journal of Medical Sciences. The journal focuses on medical/surgical conditions in Iraq and neighboring countries. This premier issue does not have articles re: EBOV, but articles on non-communicable diseases in Iraq and neighboring countries. See this first issue at: https://col128.mail.live.com/?tid=cms1pf7AKK5BGVOAAhWtlluA2&fid=flinbox. I expect subsequent issues will contain articles on infectious diseases in Iraq.