Ebola continues to afflict West Africa, with a spike in infections reported in February blamed on unsafe burials. Infectious disease expert Barry Bloom recently looked back at the early days of the current epidemic to dissect the global health response and highlight the contributions of researchers affiliated with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Bloom, who is Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health, spoke to a Harvard Chan audience on February 23, 2015, as part of the Addressing Ebola series sponsored by the Office of the Dean. Previous lectures touched on efforts to genetically analyze Ebola, and on the humanitarian response to the epidemic.As of early February, Ebola had infected more than 22,000 people and killed more than 9,000. Most cases occurred in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, poorly resourced nations vastly unprepared to provide emergency medical care for their citizens—or to negotiate the complex web of agencies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) currently providing global health aid.Bloom explained that the World Health Organization (WHO)—the coordinating authority on all international health work—also was not prepared for this crisis. While the agency possesses tremendous convening power to bring together experts, its complex and bureaucratic structure make rapid response difficult. WHO’s budget is small and largely allocated to existing priorities, Bloom said, leaving scant funds to tap in a crisis. Cutbacks that occurred prior to the epidemic eliminated key staffers and further hampered the response. Read Full Story
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team gets back on the road Wednesday as they head to one of the biggest stages in basketball, Madison Square Garden, to take on Rutgers University. Despite a 12-0 record at home in Kohl Center this season, the UW squad has a 3-2 record away from Madison. They will need to rewrite that record if they want a chance to win the Big Ten.The Badgers (17-3, 6-1 Big Ten) are hot on a four-game win streak and winners of 13 of their last 14, putting them tied with Maryland University atop the conference. Even with its conference record, Wisconsin has stumbled along as of late, losing to No. 20 Purdue University by 10 and pulling out two comeback wins against Michigan University and Minnesota University.Men’s basketball: Koenig’s 20 points open the flood gates in 82-55 win over Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin ended the second half of Tuesday’s game against Pennsylvania State University with a 24-point advantage in Read…The good news for head coach Greg Gard and the Badgers is their historic record against the Scarlet Knights and how well they matchup with them this season. In the matchup between the two earlier this season in Madison, the Badgers jumped out to an early lead and never let go, winning 72-52.For Rutgers (12-9, 1-7 Big Ten), the goal of the matchup isn’t necessarily to win, but to simply compete for 40 minutes. If it weren’t for a hard-fought two-point win over Nebraska University last week, the Scarlet Knights would be riding a nine-game losing streak heading into a top 15 matchup with the Badgers.Haley Winckler/The Badger HeraldA lot of things will have to change for Rutgers to defend their home court with a victory Saturday, but mostly whether they can score over 60 points. Rutgers ranks dead last in the Big Ten in scoring offense at 67.5 points per game, a full 3.5 points behind the next team, and Wisconsin ranks a top the conference in scoring defense, allowing just 60.9 points per game.Despite the massive disadvantages the Scarlet Knights have to deal with on paper, they are not immune to upsetting the Badgers. Back in 2014-15, the year Wisconsin made it all the way to the NCAA championship game, Rutgers capitalized on an injured UW squad and gave it one of its only three loses in the regular season.Men’s basketball breakdown: Badgers continue hot streak with dominant win against Penn StateIf the last two games serve as the totality of the sample size, it’d be safe to declare the University Read…The game is set to tip off at 11 a.m. CT and will air on Big Ten Network as part of its 2017 Super Saturday, followed up by a Wisconsin and Ohio State University game in men’s hockey.