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WHO Updates Guidelines For Ebola Protective Equipment For Health Care Workers

Media sources report on the WHO’s announcement that it is updating its guidelines for Ebola protective equipment worn by health care workers. The Hill: WHO toughens standards for Ebola protective gear “Global health officials are raising their standards for protective gear worn by health care workers who treat Ebola amid…

Violence Against Civilians, Aid Workers Hampers CAR Relief Efforts

News outlets report on the worsening humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic (CAR), where attacks are being targeted at both civilians and aid workers. U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: As violence flares, U.N. warns of worsening humanitarian conditions “Fresh fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) has aggravated the…

U.N.’s Ban Warns Against Quarantines For Ebola HCWs, While 75% Of Americans Support Such Policies

Reuters reports on several aspects of quarantine policies for Ebola workers, from comments by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to American opinion on the practice. Reuters: U.N.’s Ban warns against quarantining Ebola health workers “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Monday against ‘unnecessarily’ strict restrictions on the movement of health workers…

World Bank Head Urges Asia To Send More HCWs To Africa

News outlets report on World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s call for Asia to send more trained health workers to Ebola-affected West Africa. Agence France-Presse: World Bank chief urges Asian health help in Africa “World Bank President Jim Yong Kim Tuesday urged Asia to send trained health workers to Ebola-stricken…

Australia To Send Volunteer HCWs To Sierra Leone

Sydney Morning Herald: Ebola: Abbott government relents, will send Australian volunteers to treat victims “The Abbott government is set to announce that it will assist several hundred Australian expert volunteers travel to one of the Ebola hotspots of Africa to help control the epidemic. The government has struck an agreement…

HIV Patients In Yemen Denied Health Care, HRW Says

Media sources highlight claims from Human Rights Watch that HIV patients in Yemen are denied health care services. New York Times: HIV Patients in Yemen Face Hospital Evictions “Patients infected with HIV are being ordered out of hospitals in Yemen, even when they are in dire need of care, a…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Epidemic, Response

New York Times: Fighting an Epidemic With Hands Tied Lawrence Altman, physician and former New York Times senior medical correspondent “…Beyond the obvious dangers to health care workers — more than 270, mostly African, have died so far this year — a host of obstacles stand in the way of…

U.S. Must Continue Leadership To Strengthen Global Health Workforce

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: U.S. leadership for the health workforce we need post-2015 Mandy Folse, director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, writes, “As the Millennium Development Goals reach their target date next year, the U.S., along with country governments and other development partners, must continue to strengthen these programmatic…

Midwives Can Prevent Two-Thirds Of Maternal, Newborn Deaths, U.N. Report Says

Media outlets highlight a new U.N. report, titled “State of the World’s Midwifery 2014.” Humanosphere: Midwives can avert two-thirds of maternal and newborn deaths, says U.N. “…Increasing the number of midwives could prevent as many as two-thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths, says a new report released today by…