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Despite New Clinics In W. Africa, Shortage Of Health Workers Threatens Ebola Efforts

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New Ebola clinics useless without more trained staff “A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned…” (Dawson, 9/20).

Podcast Interview Discusses Impacts Of Development Aid On Health Care Infrastructures

Humanosphere: How the aid and development industry helped cause Africa’s Ebola outbreak In a podcast, Humanosphere correspondent Gabe Spitzer speaks with medical anthropologist James Pfeiffer, who discusses “how Western agencies devoted to reducing global poverty like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank imposed policies on these countries (sometimes…

Collaboration Key For Strengthened Health Systems

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Collaboration is key for protecting U.S. investments in global health, say health leaders Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, summarizes comments made Wednesday by Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and…

U.N. Special Envoy Chambers Interviews U.N. Ebola Coordinator Nabarro

Huffington Post: In Conversation: David Nabarro, the Man on the Front Line of the Ebola Crisis Ray Chambers, U.N. special envoy for health financing and for malaria, interviews David Nabarro, senior U.N. system coordinator for Ebola virus disease, about the challenges of addressing Ebola and the outlook for funding the…

Maternal Mortality Improves In Afghanistan Despite Poor Public Health System

Inter Press Service: Against All the Odds: Maternity and Mortality in Afghanistan “…Many women have no other option than to rely on public services, and the result speaks volumes about Afghanistan’s commitment to maternal health: some 460 deaths per 100,000 live births give the country one of the four worst…

Opinion Pieces, Letters To Editor Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and letters to the editor address issues surrounding the ongoing Ebola outbreak. Wall Street Journal: Ebola’s Warning for an Unprepared America Scott Gottlieb, an American Enterprise Institute resident fellow, and Tevi Troy, president of the American Health Policy Institute “…President Obama has put the Pentagon in…

Health System Improvements Necessary To Achieve Universal Health Coverage

Huffington Post: Achieving Universal Health Coverage Requires Investing in Health Systems John Lange, senior fellow for global health diplomacy at the United Nations Foundation and co-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Investing in Health Systems in Low- and Middle-Income Countries “…In discussions at the United Nations in New…

U.S. Leaders Hear Testimony On Ebola At Senate Hearing, Call For Action

News outlets report on a U.S. Senate hearing on Ebola, as well as comments made by members of Congress at a press conference. ABC News: Ebola Experts Testify Before Senate Panel ABC News presents a video report on recent announcements on Ebola, including the Senate hearing (Franzen/Travers, 9/16). ABC News:…

Ebola Outbreak Overwhelms Liberia’s Health Facilities, Workers

News outlets report on Liberia’s efforts to treat Ebola patients, as health facilities and workers are overwhelmed by the number of infected people. Deutsche Welle: Liberia’s forgotten diseases “…Liberians are not only afraid of contracting Ebola, they are also scared of being wrongly diagnosed when they may in fact be…