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Ebola Strains West Africa’s Health Care Infrastructure, Ebola Expert Says

Scientific American: How Ebola Strains West Africa’s Infrastructure “Ebola has pummeled health care systems in West Africa and laid bare health infrastructure issues that may not have otherwise been so readily apparent. It has also prompted aid organizations and governments to do some soul-searching about what should be done to…

Cuba’s ‘Doctor Diplomacy’ Payment Scheme Questioned

Wall Street Journal: Cuba’s Slave Trade in Doctors Mary Anastasia O’Grady, editor at Wall Street Journal “…Cuba is winning accolades for its international ‘doctor diplomacy,’ in which it sends temporary medical professionals abroad — ostensibly to help poor countries battle disease and improve health care. But the doctors are not…

New York Times Examines Risks Humanitarian Aid Workers Face In Ebola-Hit Nations

New York Times: Doing Good in Harm’s Way “…In the anxiety and anger swirling around the questions of quarantine for health care workers returning from West Africa, the quiet heroism and determination of people like Dr. [Rick] Sacra and the organizations they work for can be forgotten. … Other kinds…

U.S. Public Health Officers Prepare To Treat HCWs Infected With Ebola In Liberia

News outlets report on the opening of a U.S.-run hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, where members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps will treat health care workers who become infected with Ebola while treating patients. The Hill: U.S. health officers to begin treating Ebola overseas (Ferris, 11/5). New York…

Australia To Staff Ebola Clinic In Sierra Leone

News outlets report on Australia’s announcement that it would staff an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone amid pressure from donors to do more in its efforts to fight the disease in West Africa. Associated Press: Australia to staff Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone “Australia’s prime minister said Wednesday that his…

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…