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Report: Lebanon Offers Insufficient Health Care To Syrian Refugees

Associated Press: Watchdog: Syrians lack medical care in Lebanon “Syrian refugees in Lebanon lack access to specialized medical care such as dialysis and cancer treatment, forcing some to risk their lives to return to their war-ravaged country for health care, according to a report by Amnesty International released Wednesday…” (Surk,…

Syrian Health Workers Struggle With Ethics, Lack Of Facilities In War-Torn Country

Inter Press Service: Syrian Doctors Grapple With Medical Emergency and Ethics “As once-eliminated diseases resurface and barrel bombs and alleged chlorine attacks target civilians, doctors in rebel-held areas and across the border struggle with issues of how best to serve their profession. Up to 70 percent of Syria’s health workers…

Initiative In India Aims To Keep Country Polio-Free

BBC News: Eradicating polio one step at a time “A few years ago, India accounted for half the world’s cases of polio. Today it is officially clear of the disease. This remarkable feat is largely [due] to an army of women who, one step at a time, have crisscrossed the…

Medical Workers Under Attack In Syria, Report Says

New York Times: Health Care Workers Under Attack in Syria, Doctors Say “Syrian government forces in the country’s civil war have systematically attacked doctors and other medical workers in rebel-held areas and are responsible for 90 percent of the confirmed assaults on health care facilities in the country, Physicians for…

Belief In Witchcraft Undermining Health Care In Papua New Guinea

IRIN: Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service “…[S]tories [of people being treated by traditional healers because they believe they are cursed] are not uncommon in [Papua New Guinea (PNG)], a largely traditional society with 836 languages and where belief in witchcraft or sanguma as it is known in Tok Pisin,…

MSF To Review Operations In CAR After 3 Workers Killed In Attack

Devex: MSF’s future in CAR unclear after deadly attack “Médecins Sans Frontières is currently reviewing its entire operations across the conflict-ridden Central African Republic following the death of three of its staff members in an attack on one of its health facilities over the weekend…” (Ravelo, 4/29).

Attack On CAR Hospital Kills At Least 22, Including MSF Staff Members

Agence France-Presse: 22 killed in attack on C. Africa MSF hospital: peacekeepers “At least 22 people including three staff members of medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières were killed during a weekend attack by gunmen on a Central African hospital, an officer from the MISCA peacekeeping force told AFP on Monday…”…

Saudi Arabia Should ‘Report Openly And Honestly’ About MERS

Washington Post: New killer virus should be fought with the help of Saudi honesty “…In the last week or so, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have reported clusters of [Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)] cases in hospitals and among health care workers. … Unfortunately, there is far too…

Humanosphere Examines Effects Of Migration On Health Worker ‘Brain Drain’

Writing in Humanosphere, Martin Drewry, director of Health Poverty Action, examines the effects of migration on the “brain drain” of health workers. Drewry writes, “The health worker brain drain is one topic within a myriad of issues when it comes to migration — and within the broader debate it will…

The Lancet Examines Violence Against Health Care Workers

The Lancet: Tackling violence against health care workers “…Physical violence against nurses and other medical workers has become an endemic problem in health care. In addition, nonphysical assaults, such as bullying and sexual harassment, are also common. Although some countries are beginning to address the problem, much remains to be…

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