Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Some good news on Ebola

Hey lovelies
Yes you read it right, I  have some good news on the Ebola dilemma.
The first one is that a few victims of Ebola have been treated successfully in Guinea and Sierra Leone. A report by *MSF an *NGO at the forefront of the battle against Ebola in West Africa shows they are gradually making a lot of progress with regards to the treatments and recovery of their patients. You can read more of their updates here 


The second one is that the *WHO set up a committee to look into the ethical considerations for allowing unapproved drugs for the treatment of Ebola e.g ZMapp
Seeing that ebola is  already life threatening and patients would usually not mind an intervention that could alleviate the consequences, the advisory group came to the following conclusions:



"In the particular circumstances of this outbreak, and provided certain conditions are met, the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention.
Ethical criteria must guide the provision of such interventions. These include transparency about all aspects of care, informed consent, freedom of choice, confidentiality, respect for the person, preservation of dignity and involvement of the community.
In order to understand the safety and efficacy of these interventions, the group advised that, if and when they are used to treat patients, there is a moral obligation to collect and share all data generated, including from treatments provided for ‘compassionate use’ (access to an unapproved drug outside of a clinical trial).
The group explored how the use of these interventions can be evaluated scientifically to ensure timely and accurate information about the safety and efficacy of these investigational interventions. There was unanimous agreement that there is a moral duty to also evaluate these interventions (for treatment or prevention) in the best possible clinical trials under the circumstances in order to definitively prove their safety and efficacy or provide evidence to stop their utilization. Ongoing evaluation should guide future interventions.
In addition to this advice, the panel identified areas that need more detailed analysis and discussion, such as:
  • ethical ways to gather data while striving to provide optimal care under the prevailing circumstances;
  • ethical criteria to prioritize the use of unregistered experimental therapies and vaccines;
  • ethical criteria for achieving fair distribution in communities and among countries, in the face of a growing number of possible new interventions, none of which is likely to meet demand in the short term.
A report of the meeting proceedings will be available to the public by 17 August 2014."
In summary, there will be a cure for Ebola sooner than we think.
Love always
JB

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WHO - World Health Organization
MSF - Médecins Sans Frontières 
NGO - Non Governmental Organization 

3 comments:

  1. We all pray so oh. Thanks for sharing the good news!

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  2. Hmmmnnnn I wonder why choose to believe that this Ebola thing was cooked up in some lab for profit making reasons... oh well, in the words of Dido... its just a thought, and only a thought. Thank you BM for giving hope to Africa... This means a lot in these trying times, as I believe it's better for a man to die with hope, than to live in fear with absolutely no hope. Cheers Ms JB.

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