We are all aware of the severe financial constraints under which WHO has to operate, including for its publications and information services. This important practical manual from WHO was published in January 2015. I would be interested to know if it might have been published much sooner, when it was most needed, if WHO had been properly supported financially. (I am constantly impressed by the volume and quality of publications produced by WHO, despite resource constraints.
Disasters and large-scale emergencies
'Containment strategies for Ebola rupture fundamental features of social, political and religious life. Control efforts that involve local people and appreciate their perspectives, social structures and institutions are therefore vital.
The focus of current news stories is on the development of new drugs that *might* reduce mortality in Ebola. (One of these, ZMapp, has recently been abandoned amid rumours that it costs $100,000 for a course of treatment.) We should not forget that most deaths could be avoided through *existing* supportive measures, in particular fluid replacement. It is no accident that death rates from those treated in West Africa were as high as 80%, while those treated in the USA and other high-income countries have been close to zero.
Occasionally one reads news that is stranger than fiction. It is reported that the owners of the website Ebola.com have sold the domain name ebola.com for more than $200,000 in cash and stock, to a Russian-registered firm called Weed Growth Fund. the latter paid $50,000 USD in cash plus $150,000 USD shares in Cannabis Sativa, apparently a subsidiary that promotes medical uses for marijuana.
'The reasons for the sale were not clear, but Cannabis Sativa chief and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has publicly said he thinks marijuana may be used to treat the deadly disease.'