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U.S. Must Lead World In Protecting Health Workers In Syria

New York Times: In Syria, Doctors Become the Victims Leonard Rubenstein of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and M. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society “…International law is supposed to protect health workers treating anyone who is sick or wounded. Not in Syria:…

Ebola-Stricken West Africa Faces Shortage Of HCWs, E.U., Aid Groups Warn

News outlets report on warnings about a shortage of health care workers who can treat Ebola in West Africa from E.U. officials returning from the region and humanitarian workers testifying before a House subcommittee. Associated Press: E.U.: many more health workers needed for Ebola “Thousands more physicians, especially epidemiologists, and…

Guinea’s Remote Villages Now Cooperating With Outside Health Workers

New York Times: Fear of Ebola Opens Wary Villages to Outsiders in Guinea “…Residents in [this remote Guinean] region have killed local officials proselytizing about Ebola, blocked barely passable roads with trees, and vehemently refused help from outsiders, viewing them as propagators of the virus in moon suits of protective…

Trust, Communication Critical In Fight Against Ebola In West Africa, Researchers Say

Baltimore Sun: Public health experts stress importance of trust in West Africa as they fight Ebola “When public health workers began canvassing West African villages this spring and summer warning of something called Ebola, they were met with fear — but not of the deadly virus. … Residents said the…

FHWC Releases Policy Recommendations On Improving Health Workforce

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: Building a Resilient, Sustainable Health Workforce to Respond to Ebola and Other Future Threats FHWC recently released policy recommendations to address the “urgent need for increased support for frontline health workers and the systems that support them in the [West African] region and around the world”…