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Global Health Service Corps Should Also Focus On Health Worker Retention

Launched in March 2012 by the Peace Corps, PEPFAR and the Global Health Service Corps, the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) aims to alleviate shortages of health care personnel in Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda by bolstering their medical education programs, Matt Fisher, a research assistant and project coordinator at the…

IRIN Examines Health Worker Shortage In Papua New Guinea

“Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a Pacific country rich in natural resources, yet its health staffing levels are comparable to the world’s poorest countries due to a rapidly retiring force and lack of qualified replacements,” IRIN reports. “Despite repeated warnings of the shortage, first at a 2002 national health conference, again in…

USAID Working With Non-Profit Partners To Improve Health Systems Worldwide

“It takes only a fraction of a single penny per American taxpayer dollar to train a global health workforce — a workforce that will reach millions through treatment, prevention and counseling services,” Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, and Pape Gaye, president and CEO of IntraHealth International,…

WHO Officials, Islamic Leaders To Meet In Egypt To Discuss Attacks On Polio Workers

“Top World Health Organization officials and Islamic leaders will meet in Egypt next week in an effort to stop attacks on polio workers, which are hampering the eradication of the virus in some countries with large Muslim populations,” Reuters reports, noting, “Gunmen in Pakistan and Nigeria have killed more than 20 health…

Examining Community Health Workers’ Value In Saving Lives, Improving Health

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog features “a Q&A between Julia Bluestone of Jhpiego and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition and Dr. Henry Perry of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on a recently released report examining community health workers’ effectiveness in saving lives and improving health.”…

More Polio Workers Killed Than Reported Cases Of Disease, NPR Reports

“The global effort to eradicate polio has reached a bizarre stage: More people have been gunned down recently over the disease than actually infected with it,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports. “On Friday, nine polio vaccinators in northern Nigeria were shot dead and their clinics were torched,” the blog writes, adding, “The attack…

U.N. Secretary General Condemns Violence Against Health Workers In Nigeria

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday “strongly condemned the killing in north-eastern Nigeria of three doctors from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, calling the attack and other recent incidents of violence against health workers ‘unacceptable,'” the U.N. News Centre reports (2/11). “Those killings came quickly after gunmen shot dead at least nine female polio vaccinators…

Moving Beyond Condemnation To Actions That Protect Health Workers

“Between December and January, at least 16 polio workers were killed in Pakistan, according to Reuters — and [on Friday], nine female health workers were slain in northern Nigeria, also while working on a polio eradication campaign,” Laura Hoemeke, director of communications and knowledge management at IntraHealth, writes in the organization’s “Global…

Nine Polio Workers Killed In Northern Nigeria

“Nine female polio vaccinators have been killed in two shootings at health centers in northern Nigeria, police have told the BBC,” the news agency reports. “In the first attack in Kano the polio vaccinators were shot dead by gunmen who drove up on a motor tricycle,” and “[t]hirty minutes later gunmen…