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Global Leaders Must Address Health Care Worker Shortages

Writing in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Population Services International (PSI) Ambassador Mandy Moore recounts a trip to rural Cameroon, where she saw “firsthand a program that could change … reality for thousands of Cameroonians, allowing them to receive care in their communities by a trusted…

Devex Interviews Barbara Bush About Global Health Corps

In an interview that took place at the 2013 Social Good Summit, Devex talks with Barbara Bush, CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps and daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush, “about how a network of young global health leaders can help to drive impact on the lagging…

Gunmen Kill Polio Vaccine Worker In Pakistan; Two Others Wounded

News outlets report on the killing of a polio vaccine worker in Pakistan and how the Taliban is hindering efforts to eradicate the disease. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen kill vaccinator in NW Pakistan “Gunmen shot dead a health officer supervising an anti-polio vaccination campaign after storming a hospital where children were…

New Issue of ‘Global Fund News Flash’ Available Online

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has published Issue 35 of its newsletter, the “Global Fund News Flash.” The issue notes the new funding application materials are available online and includes an obituary for Rangarirai Chiteure, coordinator for the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Zimbabwe, as well as…

Community Field Officers ‘Making Namibia A Healthy Nation’

In a guest post in the ONE Blog, the CDC describes the work of two Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) field officers in Namibia, where they travel to rural communities to conduct HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. “Through this work they have established strong links between health facilities and…

Despite Kinks In Progress, Kenya Takes Steps Toward Zero New HIV Infections

Inter Press Service: Kenya’s Journey Towards Zero New HIV Infections Falters In Kenya, “PMTCT [prevention of mother-to-child transmission treatment] coverage fell by 20 percent in 2011-2012, says the Progress Report 2013 of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).” However, “[e]xperts agree on the main reason behind the reduction…

Frontline Health Workers ‘Critical’ In Addressing Burn Injuries

“…The global health crisis of burns afflicting more than 10 million people in developing countries annually can be tackled, but an expanded and improved health workforce is needed. … Beyond increasing the number of health workers, these workers must also be equipped to provide appropriate burn care by focusing on…

Health Workers In Pakistan Refuse To Administer Polio Vaccine

News outlets report on the halting of polio vaccination efforts in Pakistan because of security threats to health workers. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Vaccinators refuse to join polio campaign in Pakistan “Health workers in part of a troubled Pakistani tribal region Friday refused to participate in a polio vaccination campaign because of…

Advanced Education For Health Care Workers Helps Save Children’s Lives

While global under-five mortality rates have dropped significantly over the past 20 years, they “remain far too high,” especially when “it is possible to save children’s lives using simple, low-tech, low-cost, evidence-based care that relies on manpower more than technology: vaccines, antibiotics, nutritional supplements, better family care and breast feeding,”…

International Leaders To Discuss Global Health Worker Gap At Oslo Meeting

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Louise Holly, a policy and advocacy adviser at Save the Children U.K. and chair of the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative, examines “the global health worker crisis,” noting “some estimate that as many as one billion people never…

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