Here’s how to keep up on the news from Liberia

The Ebola outbreak pops in and out of the headlines in U.S. news media. But in West Africa, the news keeps getting worse. The World Health Organization predicted this week that Ebola could infect 20,000 before the epidemic is brought under control. Senegal reported its first case Friday.

If you’re interested in following the news, especially with regard to Ebola in Liberia, here’s a suggestion: Sign up for the email news service that Indiana University maintains for Friends of Liberia, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that supports and advocates for the people of Liberia.



Every few days, the organization sends out a compilation of the latest news and information, including newspaper and Web articles, news releases and government announcements, along with appeals for support and updates on fundraising efforts.

Friday’s update, for example, included in-depth reports from Reuters, Agence France-Press, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal and the African publications FrontPage Africa, New Dawn and the New Republic Liberia, along with an NPR interview about Ebola with the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an FDA drug update and a World Health Organization alert.

The news is alarming but important. And Indiana University has close ties with Liberia, including a health-related initiative that has put IU-trained health workers on the front lines of the Ebola crisis.

The Ebola outbreak has infected more than 3,000 people and resulted so far in over 1,500 deaths in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the World Health Organization said.

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