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West African Health Systems Stressed By Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on challenges to stemming the spread of Ebola in West Africa. New York Times: Death Toll From Ebola Surges in West Africa, Prompting Alarm “New cases and deaths from the Ebola virus outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, already the worst…

Building Health Systems’ Capacity Can Prevent Future Health Emergencies

The Guardian: Ebola cannot be cured but West Africa’s epidemic may have been preventable Lisa Denney, research fellow in the politics and governance program at the Overseas Development Institute “…[Ebola] is plaguing three of the countries least equipped to cope with it [-- Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone]. … To…

Blog Post Discusses Private Financing In Uganda’s Health Sector

USAID’s “Impact”: Can Private Financing Answer Uganda’s Health Care Woes? Daryl Martyris, a health development officer in USAID Uganda’s Office of Health, HIV/AIDS and Education, discusses private financing for health in Uganda (7/8).

U.N. Agencies Scale Up Health Care Responses In Iraq

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: Amid massive displacement, U.N. agencies move to combat spread of communicable diseases “United Nations relief agencies and their partners working amid the ongoing turmoil and massive population displacement in Iraq are scaling up their health care responses, with a major polio vaccination campaign in Baghdad, and…

Panel Of Experts Discusses Improving Prenatal Care In Developing Nations

Medill News Service/United Press International: Poor prenatal care driving change in developing nations “Contraception, health care coverage, abortion-rights debates — the dominating issues in the women’s health debate in the United States also resonate internationally, especially in developing countries and areas with low resources. … [A] panel Tuesday at the…

Health Care Costs In Afghanistan Force Many Further Into Poverty

IRIN: Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt “The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost…

GHC Director Outlines 10 Trends Shaping Global Health

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: Ten Key Trends that Are Shaping Today’s Global Health Outlook Christine Sow, executive director of the Global Health Council (GHC), describes a “listening tour” she embarked on when she took over the GHC and outlines 10 global health trends she discussed with experts worldwide (7/2).

Bangladesh Aims To Improve Maternal Health With Text, Voice Messages

IRIN: Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap “Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services…

Longer Lives Mean Increase In Diseases Of Age, Including Dementia, Cancer

Financial Times: Longer lives mean more diseases of old age and rising costs “…The good news in health care is that life expectancy around the globe continues to rise — and with it the total population, now in excess of seven billion. … The bad news is the corollary: the…