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Saudi Arabia Should ‘Report Openly And Honestly’ About MERS

Washington Post: New killer virus should be fought with the help of Saudi honesty “…In the last week or so, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reported clusters of [Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)] cases in hospitals and among health care workers. … Unfortunately, there is far too…

Humanosphere Examines Effects Of Migration On Health Worker ‘Brain Drain’

Writing in Humanosphere, Martin Drewry, director of Health Poverty Action, examines the effects of migration on the “brain drain” of health workers. Drewry writes, “The health worker brain drain is one topic within a myriad of issues when it comes to migration — and within the broader debate it will…

The Lancet Examines Violence Against Health Care Workers

The Lancet: Tackling violence against health care workers “…Physical violence against nurses and other medical workers has become an endemic problem in health care. In addition, nonphysical assaults, such as bullying and sexual harassment, are also common. Although some countries are beginning to address the problem, much remains to be…

Health Workers Play ‘Critical Role’ In Delivering Quality Care Worldwide

Huffington Post: Thank a Health Worker — Unsung Heroes of Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID “…Health workers — whether a doctor, nurse, midwife or physician’s assistant — are an integral part of a well-functioning health system and necessary for the delivery of quality health…

Investments In Health Workforce Capacity Critical To Tackle NCDs

Huffington Post: Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers Jeffrey Sturchio and Louis Galambos, co-authors of “Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research,” and Tina Flores, director at Rabin Martin “… In recognition of World Health Worker Week, we call on everyone to…

Health Sector Should Adopt Human-Rights Based Approach To Gender-Based Violence

Devex: Health workers can help break the silence around violence against women Constance Newman, senior team leader for gender equality and health at IntraHealth International “…Violence against women exists in epidemic proportions, but it is so normalized and accepted that people don’t recognize it as the large-scale health and human…

Health Workforce Must Grow For New Health Technologies To Succeed

In a guest blog post for “Humanosphere,” Julia Robinson, director of advocacy programs and deputy director for Cote d’Ivoire programs at Health Alliance International, discusses the “‘delivery bottleneck’ for new vaccines — a euphemistic way of describing the fact that Western innovations are piling up because the global south simply…

IntraHealth-Led Projects Helping To Improve Health Care Workplaces

In a post on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sarah Dwyer, communications manager for IntraHealth International, profiles Agnes Masagwayi, a senior clinical health officer in Mbale District, Uganda, and highlights efforts by two USAID-supported IntraHealth projects that are helping “to strengthen district-level health workforce leadership and…

Murder of Polio Worker In Pakistan Heightens Health Workers’ Fears

The Guardian: Pakistan polio vaccinator’s murder by militants raises health workers’ fears “The unusual night-time kidnapping and brutal murder of a female polio vaccinator in the troubled Pakistani city of Peshawar has heightened fears among health workers struggling to stamp out the virus in the face of violent opposition from…