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With PEPFAR Support, Initiative Works To Improve Palliative Care Delivery In Tanzania

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, published as part of a series of posts “written by one of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition’s 30+ member organizations,” Hayden Peters and Jeremy Taglieri of FHSSA, formerly the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa, discuss the…

Community Health Workers Vital Component Of Achieving MDGs

Since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were implemented in 2000, community health workers (CHWs) “have … been part of an international attempt to revise primary health care delivery in low-income settings, and CHW programs have been changed accordingly,” Prabhjot Singh, co-chair of the One Million Community Health Worker campaign, and…

World Bank Survey Shows Gaps Between Midwife Knowledge, Care Given In Kenya

“In Kenya, 82 percent of midwives correctly diagnose their patient’s condition but only 28 percent give the full treatment required, the World Bank said on Friday, highlighting the challenge of reducing maternal deaths in the country despite the introduction of free maternal health services last month,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.…

Volunteerism Can Be ‘An Integral Part Of Universal Health Coverage’

“Expanding volunteerism is one part of the solution to help improve global health investments and ensure equitable access to health,” Matthias Schmale, under-secretary general at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. “But there is often vocal criticism…

Congressional Briefing Highlights Midwives’ Global Impact

“Four seasoned midwives — with a combined century of experience in building strong societies by promoting the health and safety of mothers and their babies — delivered a compelling case last week at a congressional briefing for the United States to lead a movement to strengthen midwifery at home and…

Two Polio Volunteers Shot To Death In Northeastern Pakistan

“Two volunteers in a polio immunization campaign were shot to death on Sunday in the Swabi district of northeastern Pakistan, the police said,” the New York Times reports. “The two volunteers, one a local schoolteacher, were killed by two gunmen, the district police chief, Mian Saeed, said,” the newspaper notes…

Examining The Role Of Frontline Health Workers In Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Noting that universal health coverage was a major theme at this year’s World Health Assembly, Jeffrey Meer, special adviser on global health policy and development for the Public Health Institute, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “The recognition that a just world is a place…

Invest In Frontline Health Workers To Prevent Newborn, Child Deaths

Citing Save the Children’s 14th annual ‘State of the World’s Mothers’ report, which says one million children worldwide die on their first day of life each year, Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) write in a Roll Call opinion piece, “One year after 173 countries pledged to end…

Reflecting On The Role Of Health Workers In Improving Women’s Health Globally

In a post in IntraHealth’s “Global Health Blog,” Rebecca Kohler, senior vice president of corporate strategy and development for IntraHealth, reflects on the Women Deliver conference, noting she “attended the conference to hear what the international community is saying about the roles health workers play in achieving this global imperative.”…

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