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Ebola Health Workers Face Challenging Conditions, Long Hours

Associated Press: Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors “Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren’t the only problem: Health workers struggle to…

2013 Most Dangerous Year For Humanitarian Workers, Study Says

To mark World Humanitarian Day, The Guardian reports on a recently released study on the plight of humanitarian workers and profiles 10 aid workers. The Guardian: Deaths of humanitarian aid workers reach record high “Last year was the most dangerous on record for humanitarian workers, with 155 killed, 171 seriously…

Important To Protect Health Care Workers In Ebola Outbreak

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: One Lesson for Ebola from HIV: Donors Must Help Protect Health Workers CGD Senior Fellow Mead Over discusses the importance of protecting health care workers involved with treating Ebola patients in West Africa (8/15).

Health Care Workers Face Threat Of Ebola Infections

News outlets report on efforts to reduce Ebola infections among health care workers. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Must reduce infections among doctors, nurses to get Ebola under control, USAID says “Reducing Ebola infections among doctors, nurses, and morgue workers is a priority in the struggle to control the outbreak of the…

U.S.-Funded Program Strengthens Medical Education In Africa

New York Times: Africa, With U.S. Help, Graduates More Doctors “An ambitious United States government project to strengthen medical education in sub-Saharan Africa is reporting broad progress in addressing the continent’s critical shortages of physicians and health care workers…” (Saint Louis, 8/11).

Opinions, Editorial Discuss Response To Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss the response to the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Washington Post: Can the World Health Organization lead? Do we want it to? Jeremy Youde, associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota Duluth “On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO)…

Global Health Researchers, Workers Should Co-Produce Knowledge With Local Communities

Forbes: Why Global Health Researchers Should Climb Down From the Ivory Tower Carmen Nobel, senior editor of Harvard Business School Working Knowledge “… [T]here’s a dearth of co-production in the public health sector, which often depends entirely on faraway academics and organizations to solve local problems. This frustrates [Nava] Ashraf…

Health Services ‘On Verge Of Collapse’ In Gaza, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. warns of ‘rapidly unfolding’ health disaster in Gaza “Weeks of intense fighting has left medical services and facilities in the Gaza Strip ‘on the verge of collapse,’ according to senior United Nations officials in the region who today warned that a health disaster of widespread proportions…

Health Workers Vaccinate Children In Pakistan, Despite Death Threats

NPR: Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains “…Being a front-line health worker usually isn’t controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed. The Taliban went on an offensive against polio immunization in 2012 after it became clear that the CIA used a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign to…