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Ebola Workers Who Return To U.S. Need Proper Support, Care

NPR: Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Is Feeling Kind Of Lost Karin Huster, who spent six weeks as Partner in Health’s clinical manager at the Maforki Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone “…The mental health of those returning from the Ebola battlefield has seldom been addressed. Yet we know all…

Health Care Workers Play Important Role In Educating Parents About Immunizations

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: The Vaccine Talk: A Crucial Moment for Parents, Children, and Health Workers Margarite Nathe, senior editor/writer at IntraHealth International, discusses how misinformation is a common factor in resistance to immunizations worldwide and the importance of health care workers in bridging the gap “between misinformation and a parent’s…

Sustained Conflict, Gaps In Health Workforce Contribute To High Maternal Mortality In DRC

Al Jazeera America: In the DRC, maternity too often means mortality “…The conflict, which has afflicted eastern Congo since the 1990s, has severely weakened the health system, with clinics ransacked, medical workers evacuated, and others refusing to work in hot zones. Pregnant women are one of the vulnerable groups swept…

Health Must Be Treated As Fundamental Human Right

The Lancet: Don’t forget health when you talk about human rights Editorial Board “Last week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released World Report 2015, their 25th annual global review documenting human rights practices in more than 90 countries and territories in 2014. … Viewed through the lens of health, the report…

Despite Risks, Polio Workers Continue Drive To Eradicate Disease In Pakistan

The Guardian: Karachi polio workers defy Pakistan militants’ murderous campaign “…[A]ttacks have had a devastating effect on the drive to eradicate polio in Pakistan, with cases rocketing to more than 300 last year. And health workers in Karachi … face an exceptionally daunting task. … But in the city’s new…

Polio Workers In Pakistan Paying High Price For Protecting Children

The Nation: Campaign Against Polio Editorial Board “Being a polio worker in Pakistan has to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Since 2012, militants opposed to the vaccination campaign have killed 68 polio workers and policemen tasked with protecting them. … An obvious solution to this…

Reducing Cancer Burden Worldwide Would Bolster Development, Global Health Efforts

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Why I Care about Cancer in Developing Countries Jeff Glenn, a public health adviser in the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, writes about his own cancer experiences and those of others in developing countries. “…It’s past time to stop ignoring the impact…

Motorcycles Help Health Workers Deliver Basic Care Around Africa

Wall Street Journal: In Africa, Motorcycles Can Save Lives by Delivering Health Care “…The lack of reliable transportation ‘is a severe barrier and a bottleneck’ to delivering health care in the developing world, [Riders for Health co-founder Andrea Coleman] says. Supported by private donors, foundations, and African health ministries, Riders for…

NGOs, WHO Working To Create Strategy To Improve Global Health Care Workforce

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: A Bold Strategy and Clear Vision to Improve the Global Health Workforce Vince Blaser, director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, discusses a Synthesis Paper from the Global Health Workforce Alliance summarizing a year-long consultation to help the WHO in the creation of “a strategy that aims…

Shortage Of Sufficiently Trained Personnel Remains Challenge In Ebola-Hit West Africa

Devex: Training health workers yet another challenge in battling Ebola “While the World Health Organization declared this week that the Ebola epidemic has finally reached a ‘turning point,’ international organizations working on the ground are struggling to cope with staffing challenges, including how to train the best foreign and local…