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Quality, Efficiency Must Be Top Considerations In Working Toward Universal Health Care

Bloomberg Businessweek: Why Universal Health Care Is No Cure-All Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…While the call for universal health care in every country is now the official stance of the World Health Organization, attempts to meet that goal have often seen limited returns. The…

A.U. To Send More Than 200 Additional Medical Workers To Ebola-Hit West Africa

VOA News: A.U. to Deploy Second Wave of Health Professionals in Ebola Fight “The deputy chairman of the African Union Commission says more than 200 medical professionals will be deployed Thursday to the three West African countries battling the Ebola outbreak…” (Clottey, 12/3).

MSF Says International Ebola Response Needs Additional Coordination, Funding, Staff

News outlets report on a briefing paper released by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) criticizing the response to Ebola in West Africa. The Guardian: World’s Ebola response slow, patchy and inadequate, Médecins Sans Frontières says “The medical NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched a scathing attack on the international community…

Passage Of Nigeria’s National Health Bill Could Transform Country’s Health Care System

Project Syndicate: Nigeria Beyond Ebola Akwe Amosu, regional director for Africa at the Open Society Foundations, and Muhammed Mustapha Lecky, executive secretary at the Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria (HERFON) and coordinator of the Nigerian Health Sector Reform Coalition “When the World Health Organization declared that Nigeria had successfully eradicated…

Taliban Militants’ Attacks On HCWs In Pakistan Creating Regional Vulnerability To Polio

New York Times: The Taliban’s Reign of Terror Editorial Board “Militant gunmen killed four members of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan in late November, deepening the government’s struggle against an outbreak of the disease that is threatening neighboring countries. … The Taliban vows to kill any parent or worker…

Pakistan Prime Minister Condemns Militant Attack On Polio Workers That Left Four Dead

News outlets report on an attack on polio workers in Pakistan, which left four people dead. Agence France-Presse: Four polio vaccinators shot dead in SW Pakistan “Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan’s restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt…

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