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Cameroon Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of CAR Refugees

IRIN: CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon “Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say local officials and aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx…” (3/12).

Virtual Doctors Could Help Improve Uganda’s Health Care System

VOA News: Are Virtual Doctors the Answer for Ugandan Health Care? “A new telemedicine facility in one of the most remote regions of Uganda allows local health care workers to consult online with doctors in Kampala. The potential for Uganda’s poorly staffed health centers could be huge…” (Heuler, 3/12).

Lesotho’s HIV ‘Expert Patient’ Program Suffering Funding Shortfalls

Deutsche Welle: Cutbacks threaten Lesotho’s HIV sufferers “… Around half of Lesotho’s expert patients [who fill the gap between doctors and their patients] are funded directly by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Now, due to contribution shortfalls from donor countries, support from the Global Fund for…

Save The Children Report Describes State Of Syria’s Collapsing Health System

News outlets report on Save the Children’s new report (.pdf) released Monday on the state of Syria’s collapsing health care system. New York Times: Report Cites ‘Devastating Toll’ on Health of Syria’s Children “The Syrian civil war’s impact on the health of Syria’s children is far more insidious than has…

NEJM Perspective Piece Examines Global Shortage Of Health Professionals

New England Journal of Medicine: Global Supply of Health Professionals Nigel Crisp of the U.K. House of Lords and Lincoln Chen of the China Medical Board “There is a global crisis of severe shortages and marked maldistribution of health professionals that is exacerbated by three great global transitions — demographic…

Groups Look Forward To Hearing On Birx Nomination To Head PEPFAR

“At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). … [W]hile we frequently take time to…

Op-Ed Examines Reasons Why India’s Polio Effort Was Successful

New York Times: An End to Polio in India? Esha Chhabra, freelance journalist”…The success of India’s polio effort has turned it into a blueprint for large-scale health campaigns. Now India is using what it did with polio to boost rates of routine vaccinations. … The Indian government has pitched in…

U.S.-Funded Hospital In Afghanistan Fails To Open

Reuters: Ambitious U.S. hospital project in Afghanistan faces failure “An ambitious U.S.-funded project to build hospitals in Afghanistan has run into the ground, with the largest hospital ever planned in the country unlikely to open in full, U.S. and Afghan officials said…” (Donati/Harooni, 3/5).

Bomb Targets Pakistan Polio Team, Kills At Least 11

News outlets report on the latest series of attacks on polio workers in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse: Three bomb blasts targeting Pakistan polio team kill 12 “Twelve people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan’s restive northwest exploded Saturday, officials said, in…

Report Suggests Western Nations Compensate African Nations For HCW Training

Humanosphere examines a new report (.pdf) on health workforce and capacity that says that since “Western nations are benefiting from the migration of skilled health professionals trained in Africa … Western countries should pay back the poor countries for the training. One of the challenges to health in sub-Saharan African…