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Cameroon To Regulate Illegal Clinics In Effort To Address Health Care Crisis

NPR: As Health Crisis Looms, Cameroon Cracks Down On Illegal Clinics “…Cameroon is tackling a health care crisis. … But public health care is too expensive, or simply not available, for many families. So they’ve turned to unauthorized clinics for care. … [However,] the government sees these private, unauthorized facilities…

Greek Financial Crisis Affecting Country’s Health Care System, Study Shows

News sources report on a study published in The Lancet detailing how Greece’s financial crisis is impacting health care in the country. Associated Press/Washington Post: Greek financial crisis tied to worsening health “Researchers say they have found new evidence that Greece’s financial crisis is taking a toll on the health…

Service Delivery Must Be Evaluated To Achieve Improved Health Outcomes

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Dana Hovig, director of integrated delivery at the foundation, discusses service delivery strengthening and writes that in order “to do this work well, we need to deeply understand the context in which we work, help demand intersect with the supply…

Ebola Outbreak Draws Attention To Need For Better Health Care System

The Guardian: Ebola epidemic heightened by poor facilities and distrust of healthcare Matthew Clark, director of The Welbodi Partnership “In June and July approximately 5,000 women and children in Sierra Leone died of diseases. The vast majority of these deaths were avoidable. … The Ebola outbreak in the country killed…

Nigeria Races To Contain Spread Of Ebola

News outlets report on the response to the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. Reuters: Third person dies of Ebola fever in Nigeria “A member of the West African regional body Ecowas has become the third person in Nigeria to die of Ebola fever, Ecowas said on Wednesday…” (Eboh/Onuah, 8/13). Reuters: Nigeria…

IntraHealth Calls For More Investment In Health Systems To Respond To Ebola

IntraHealth’s “Vital”: Ebola Outbreak Underscores Need for Stronger Frontline Health Workforce in West Africa In a blog post, IntraHealth International commends health workers and agencies responding to the Ebola outbreak, calls on countries to embrace the WHO’s International Health Regulations, and calls on the U.S. government and NGOs to intensify…

Five Myths On Ebola Debunked

Huffington Post: Stop Worrying About Ebola (And Start Worrying About What it Means) Adam C. Levine, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown Medical School “…Of course, we should care a great deal about the Ebola outbreak, but not for the reasons propagated by cable news and bloggers alike. We should…

Fauci Discusses Ebola Outbreak, Response

New England Journal of Medicine: Ebola — Underscoring the Global Disparities in Health Care Resources Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the attention paid to experimental treatments, and the public health effort, community engagement, and assistance…

New Issue Of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: Issue 47 of the Global Fund News Flash includes an article on Zambian partnerships for malaria control, details on the Fund’s technical assistance to countries and NGOs, and an article on health systems in South Sudan (8/14).

Weakened Health Systems Due to Ebola Could Lead To More Deaths From Other Diseases

The Independent: Ebola outbreak: Deaths from malaria and other diseases could soar while Africa’s over-stretched health care systems fight the virus, expert warns “The ‘collapse’ of health care systems in West Africa because of the Ebola outbreak could lead to thousands more people dying from malaria and other diseases, a…