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Liberian Hospitals, Burial Teams Overwhelmed By Growing Number Of Ebola Cases, Deaths

News outlets report on the conditions of health facilities and workers in Ebola-affected Liberia. IRIN: Liberian Ebola burial teams stressed, traumatized “As the Ebola death toll mounts in Liberia, burial teams are having to contend with physical risk and trauma as they take charge of safely burying the dead, often…

U.S. Leaders Hear Testimony On Ebola At Senate Hearing, Call For Action

News outlets report on a U.S. Senate hearing on Ebola, as well as comments made by members of Congress at a press conference. ABC News: Ebola Experts Testify Before Senate Panel ABC News presents a video report on recent announcements on Ebola, including the Senate hearing (Franzen/Travers, 9/16). ABC News:…

Flooding Damages Hospitals In Kashmir, Worsening Health Crisis

New York Times: Hospitals in Kashmir Struggle After Flooding, Deepening a Health Crisis “…In the aftermath of the powerful floods that hit Kashmir early this month, the area is in the midst of a health crisis. Much of the region depends on the premier hospitals in Srinagar, the summer capital…

New PPP Focuses On Strengthening HIV/AIDS Lab Systems In Sub-Saharan Africa

Siemens Healthcare: New Public-Private Partnership Uses E-Learning to Fight HIV/AIDS “…[On Monday,] at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, Siemens Healthcare, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced ‘Stronger Together,’ a new five-year Commitment to…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Address Various Aspects Of Ebola Outbreak

The following editorial and opinion pieces address various aspects of the West African Ebola outbreak and the international community’s response. New York Times: Losing the Race Against Ebola Editorial Board “…[Confronting the Ebola outbreak] is a task of mind-boggling complexity, requiring international assistance on a massive scale. … Faster action…

GlobalPost Interviews Paul Farmer About Rwanda’s Health Care Success

GlobalPost: Q&A with Paul Farmer: Rwanda as a health care success story “…Partners in Health, an organization dedicated to providing good health care to the poor in several countries around the world, has worked with the Rwandan health ministry since 2005. … Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer reflects on…

Devex Examines Systematic Reviews For Development Programs

Devex: Can a tool for doctors ‘fix’ evidence-based foreign aid? “…Now some major development institutions, led by the U.K. Department for International Development, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation or 3ie, a small Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, are leading the way in developing systematic…

Pulitzer Center Report Examines Health Care In India

Pulizter Center on Crisis Reporting: India’s Health Care Crisis “Journalist Michael Edison Hayden and photojournalist Sami Siva report on a broad cross-section of urban and rural health care issues in West Bengal, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh, including the routine discrimination against patients with HIV/AIDS in state hospitals, a promising public…

Saudi Response To MERS Hindered By Underlying Problems In Health System, Sources Say

Reuters: Saudi MERS response hobbled by institutional failings “When Saudi Arabia announced last week it had found 113 more cases of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), it didn’t just force a rethink of the threat the virus poses, it exposed institutional failings. Saudi health sources and international virologists…