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More HCWs, Better Quality Care Needed To End Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: Why We Should Judge the World on the Health of Women Jim Campbell, executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance “…Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural, and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and…

Oxfam America Report Examines World Bank’s Investments In For-Profit Health In Africa

Huffington Post: World Bank Group’s For-profit Health Investments Fail to Reduce Inequality in Access to Health Care Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America “…In [World Bank] President Jim Kim’s own words, ‘achieving universal health coverage and equity in health are central to reaching the [Bank’s] global goals to end extreme…

Access To Contraception Controversial In Philippines Amid Growing Population

PBS NewsHour: Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines “In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in…

3 MDG Fund To Help Boost Myanmar’s Health Care Services

Xinhua/GlobalPost: Myanmar to boost health care services with 3 MDG Fund “Myanmar will boost its health care services with the help of Three Millennium Development Goals (3 MDG) Fund, according to the Ministry of Health Friday. By using 300 million U.S. dollars provided by the 3 MDG Fund, Myanmar will…

Commitment To Security Of Health Workers In Nigeria Needed To Deliver Necessary Care

Huffington Post: Health Care Workers Need Security in Northern Nigeria Toyin Ojora-Saraki, founder-president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “Access is already one of Africa’s biggest health care provision challenges, and the militant insurgency in the north of Nigeria is adding a layer of difficulty and hampering potential progress. … The…

Ebola Outbreak Highlights Gaps In Access To Care

Cognoscenti: Ebola And The Gap Between The Haves And Have-Nots In Global Health Catherine Womack, a philosophy professor at Bridgewater State University, discusses how the Ebola outbreak shows the impact of access gaps in global health and the “need to help repair and build improved trust between the global health…

Ukraine Faces Worsening Health Care Conditions Amid Conflict, Experts Warn

Media outlets discuss Ukraine’s worsening health care conditions amid conflict. Inter Press Service: TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict “Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health…” (Stracansky, 8/17). U.N. News Centre:…

Economic Crisis In Zimbabwe ‘Severely Affecting’ Country’s Health System

IRIN: Zimbabwe’s health system in crisis “Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people’s access to health care, economists, government officials, and health experts agree…” (8/11).

Ethiopia’s Decriminalization Of Abortion Helping To Reduce Maternal Deaths

IRIN: Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law “After decades battling high maternal death rates — at least a third of which were due to botched abortions — Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives.…