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Pakistan Prime Minister Condemns Militant Attack On Polio Workers That Left Four Dead

News outlets report on an attack on polio workers in Pakistan, which left four people dead. Agence France-Presse: Four polio vaccinators shot dead in SW Pakistan “Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan’s restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt…

Ebola Epidemic Negatively Affecting Access To HIV Treatment In Liberia

IRIN: Ebola hampers HIV/AIDS care in Liberia “…There are an estimated 30,000 people living with HIV in Liberia, according to UNAIDS. Before the Ebola outbreak, more than 70 percent of them had access to treatment via 144 HIV/AIDS care centers scattered across the country. But now, due to a shortage…

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…