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Health Sector Should Adopt Human-Rights Based Approach To Gender-Based Violence

Devex: Health workers can help break the silence around violence against women Constance Newman, senior team leader for gender equality and health at IntraHealth International “…Violence against women exists in epidemic proportions, but it is so normalized and accepted that people don’t recognize it as the large-scale health and human…

Health Workforce Must Grow For New Health Technologies To Succeed

In a guest blog post for “Humanosphere,” Julia Robinson, director of advocacy programs and deputy director for Cote d’Ivoire programs at Health Alliance International, discusses the “‘delivery bottleneck’ for new vaccines — a euphemistic way of describing the fact that Western innovations are piling up because the global south simply…

IntraHealth-Led Projects Helping To Improve Health Care Workplaces

In a post on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sarah Dwyer, communications manager for IntraHealth International, profiles Agnes Masagwayi, a senior clinical health officer in Mbale District, Uganda, and highlights efforts by two USAID-supported IntraHealth projects that are helping “to strengthen district-level health workforce leadership and…

Murder of Polio Worker In Pakistan Heightens Health Workers’ Fears

The Guardian: Pakistan polio vaccinator’s murder by militants raises health workers’ fears “The unusual night-time kidnapping and brutal murder of a female polio vaccinator in the troubled Pakistani city of Peshawar has heightened fears among health workers struggling to stamp out the virus in the face of violent opposition from…

Cameroon Struggles To Keep Up With Influx Of CAR Refugees

IRIN: CAR refugees overwhelm Cameroon “Up to 130,000 refugees have fled from the Central African Republic (CAR) to Cameroon, many of them wounded from attacks, dehydrated or traumatized, say local officials and aid workers, who are struggling to cope with the speed of the influx…” (3/12).

Virtual Doctors Could Help Improve Uganda’s Health Care System

VOA News: Are Virtual Doctors the Answer for Ugandan Health Care? “A new telemedicine facility in one of the most remote regions of Uganda allows local health care workers to consult online with doctors in Kampala. The potential for Uganda’s poorly staffed health centers could be huge…” (Heuler, 3/12).

Lesotho’s HIV ‘Expert Patient’ Program Suffering Funding Shortfalls

Deutsche Welle: Cutbacks threaten Lesotho’s HIV sufferers “… Around half of Lesotho’s expert patients [who fill the gap between doctors and their patients] are funded directly by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Now, due to contribution shortfalls from donor countries, support from the Global Fund for…

Save The Children Report Describes State Of Syria’s Collapsing Health System

News outlets report on Save the Children’s new report (.pdf) released Monday on the state of Syria’s collapsing health care system. New York Times: Report Cites ‘Devastating Toll’ on Health of Syria’s Children “The Syrian civil war’s impact on the health of Syria’s children is far more insidious than has…

NEJM Perspective Piece Examines Global Shortage Of Health Professionals

New England Journal of Medicine: Global Supply of Health Professionals Nigel Crisp of the U.K. House of Lords and Lincoln Chen of the China Medical Board “There is a global crisis of severe shortages and marked maldistribution of health professionals that is exacerbated by three great global transitions — demographic…

Groups Look Forward To Hearing On Birx Nomination To Head PEPFAR

“At 2 p.m. Eastern today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee takes up the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next leader of one of the great successes in United States foreign assistance — the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). … [W]hile we frequently take time to…

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