IRIN examines WHO efforts to better understand factors influencing health workers’ decisions about where to work in order to help fight health care worker shortages in developing countries. According to the news service, a group of 40 experts assembled by the agency “is finalizing recommendations to help governments attract more health workers to sparsely staffed areas,” IRIN writes.
Access to Health Services
“More than 2 billion people worldwide do not have adequate access to surgical services, and low-income countries in particular have low levels of surgical care,” according to a study published online Thursday in the Lancet, HealthDay News/Modern Medicine reports (7/1).
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New York Times Examines India’s Right To Information Law The New York TimesÂ examines India’s Right to Information law and how it has “newly empowered” the country’s poor. The law enables citizens to file requests for information on pending housing stipends, government pensions or “almost any information from the government,” according…
World Customs Organization (WCO) Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya on Thursday signed a declaration vowing his group’s commitment to crack down on the counterfeit drug industry, PBS NewsHour’s “The Rundown” blog reports. The piece examines the growing threat of counterfeit medications and efforts to clamp down on the distribution of such drugs (Miller, 6/24).
“A large polio outbreak in Tajikistan â€“ Europe’s first in years â€“ has the potential to further spread the dangerous virus to other regions of the world, the [editors of] the Canadian Medical Association Journal [CMAJ] warned Wednesday” in an editorial appearing in the journal, the Canadian Press reports.
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Canadian Prime MinisterÂ Should Use G8 To Press For Global Health Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper “can use the relatively intimate setting of the G8’s Muskoka meeting to press for a renewal of the G8’s commitment to better health for Africans, and help the developed world be truly accountable for its…
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PEPFAR Working To Provide HIV Prevention, Care, Treatment To LGBT, Clinton Says “Secretary of State Hillary [Rodham] Clinton pledged to end violence and discrimination against gays and lesbians at home and abroad Tuesday,” CNN’s “Political Ticker” reports. At an event marking LGBT Pride Month, Clinton spokeÂ “about the linkages between gay…
Opinions: Canada’s Role In Global Health; Drug Licensing Agreements Promote Drug Access; Funding For USAID, State; Haiti
Canada Must Lead To EnsureÂ Robust Efforts In Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria After outlining the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Michel Kazatchkine, the organization’s executive director, highlights the role Canada can play in determining “whether the world can overcome AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria”…
European drug companies came out ahead of their U.S. counterparts in making medicines available to people in developing countries, but their lead is beginning to shrink, according to the Access to Medicines Index (AMI), released on Monday, Reuters reports (Kelland, 6/21).
“The Obama administration has selected eight countries to serve as learning labs for a new global health strategy aimed in part at reducing maternal and child deaths and combatting preventable diseases,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “The move is among the first steps in the administration’s” roll-out of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and “comes amid mounting concerns about how much support President Barack Obama will win from Congress for a proposed 9% increase in global health spending for fiscal 2011,” the newspaper reports.