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Kidnapped Polio Workers, Security Personnel Released In Pakistan

News outlets report on the release of several polio workers and guards who had been kidnapped in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Kidnapped Pakistan polio team released “A six-member polio vaccination team was released by their captors Wednesday, two days after gunmen kidnapped them in southwest Pakistan, officials said…” (2/26). APP/Dawn.com: Kidnapped…

‘No Birth Should Be Left Up To Chance,’ Save The Children President Says

Huffington Post: No Birth Should Be Left Up to Chance Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children “…As new research released [on Monday] by Save the Children reveals, 40 million women give birth without any trained help whatsoever. What’s more, two million women give birth entirely alone. ……

More Than 1M Babies Die On Their First Day Of Life, Save The Children Reports

News outlets report on the new Save the Children report, titled “Ending Newborn Deaths” (.pdf). ABC News Australia: Developing nations urged to support mothers giving birth “The charity Save the Children is calling on health ministers in developing countries to provide more support to mothers as it delivers a report…

Lancet Infectious Diseases Reports On Impact Of Diarrheal Diseases In Pakistan

Lancet Infectious Diseases: Childhood diarrhea in Pakistan “Statistics on Pakistan’s burden of diarrheal diseases are hard to come by. The country’s disease surveillance mechanisms are woefully inadequate. Nor is there a working civil registration system for births and deaths. Still, estimates suggest that roughly 45,000 children are killed by diarrhea…

New Issue Of ‘Global Health: Science And Practice’ Journal Available Online

The February 2014 issue of the “Global Health: Science and Practice” journal is now available online. The issue includes an article on cell phone use by community health workers, an article on IUD use in Africa, a commentary on WHO programming for postpartum family planning, and other pieces (February 2014).

Survey Shows Gaps In Workplace Safety For S. African Health Care Workers

News sources highlight survey data presented recently showing gaps in workplace safety for South African health care workers. Vaccine News Daily: South African health care workers at greater risk for HIV, TB “South African health care workers have major gaps in workplace protection against HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis, according to…

Polio Workers, Police Escorts Kidnapped, Murdered In Separate Incidents In Pakistan

News outlets report on two incidents involving the kidnapping and murder of polio workers and their police escorts in Pakistan. Agence France-Presse/GlobalPost: Gunmen kidnap six-member polio team in Pakistan “Masked gunmen kidnapped a six-member polio vaccination team — a doctor, two local employees of the World Health Organization (WHO) and…

Health Workers Will Play 4 Key Roles In Post-2015 Era

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Rebecca Kohler, senior vice president of corporate strategy and development at IntraHealth International, “propose[s] a new vision for the essential roles that successful health workers will play in a post-2015 world. This is a vision of a fully empowered and…

Security Threats Negatively Affect Health Care Delivery In Nigeria’s Borno State

IRIN: Violence grinds health care to a halt in Nigeria’s Borno State “Persistent attacks by Boko Haram (BH) militants in Nigeria’s Borno State have forced dozens of clinics to shut down and hundreds of doctors to flee, leaving many residents to seek medical attention across the border in Cameroon, health…