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Experts Express Concerns Over WHO Head’s Handling Of Ebola, Politicization Of Agency

New York Times: Effort on Ebola Hurt WHO Chief “…Diplomacy is an inevitable, even necessary, part of running the world’s main health organization, vital to getting fractious countries to cooperate for the sake of global health, [WHO Director-General Margaret Chan’s] critics acknowledge. But Dr. Chan, they say, has been too…

Ebola Cooperation Helped Thaw Relations Between Cuba, U.S.

Business Insider: The Global Health Threat That Brought The U.S. And Cuba Back Together “…The antiquated conflict between [Cuba and the U.S.] pales in comparison to the global necessity to band together during a crisis and work collaboratively wherever help is needed most…” (Brodwin, 12/18).

U.S. Embargo Delays WHO Payments To Cuban Ebola Doctors In Sierra Leone

Associated Press: U.S. embargo stalled payment to Cuban Ebola doctors “Cuba had to cover food and lodging expenses for dozens of its doctors fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone after the U.S. embargo delayed payments from the World Health Organization, an official at the U.N. agency said. … The embargo issue…

U.N.’s Ban Says Gaps In HIV Prevention, Treatment Must Be Closed To End AIDS Epidemic by 2030; Mayors Sign Paris Declaration

U.N. News Centre: World AIDS Day: U.N., urban leaders endorse ‘fast track’ to ending epidemic by 2030 “Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 requires a comprehensive approach that includes social justice, the democratization of science, gender equity, and a people-centered approach to health, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on…

U.S. Expresses Concern Over Gambian Law Restricting LGBT Rights

Media sources report on the U.S. Department of State’s press statement expressing concern over a Gambian law restricting LGBT rights. Associated Press: U.S. condemns Gambia’s anti-gay law “The U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the decision by Gambia’s president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts…”…

U.S. Should Rethink Cuban Medical Defection Program

New York Times: A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S. Editorial Board “…It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by…

Cuba’s ‘Doctor Diplomacy’ Payment Scheme Questioned

Wall Street Journal: Cuba’s Slave Trade in Doctors Mary Anastasia O’Grady, editor at Wall Street Journal “…Cuba is winning accolades for its international ‘doctor diplomacy,’ in which it sends temporary medical professionals abroad — ostensibly to help poor countries battle disease and improve health care. But the doctors are not…

U.S. Health Officials Attend Ebola Meeting In Cuba

News outlets report on a meeting held in Cuba on Wednesday, where U.S. and Cuban health officials discussed Latin America’s response to Ebola. Associated Press: U.S. sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting “U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America’s response to…