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Wall Street Journal Examines Potential Implications Of Allegedly Fake U.S. Vaccination Campaign In Pakistan

The Wall Street Journal reports on how “a reportedly fake vaccination campaign conducted [by the U.S.] to help hunt down Osama bin Laden has caused a backlash against international health workers in some parts of Pakistan and has impeded efforts to wipe out polio in the country,” one of only four worldwide where polio remains endemic. The article quotes a UNICEF country representative, a U.S. Embassy official, a Muslim cleric, a non-governmental organization representative, a local health care worker, and an official with a provincial health department (Tohid, 12/3).

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…

Security Officer Protecting Pakistani Polio Team Killed In Attack

“Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in one of Pakistan’s restive tribal regions on Monday, killing a policeman who was providing security, officials said,” Agence France-Presse reports (5/20). “Local government administrator Faramosh Khan [said] the gunmen attacked the team on Monday in the town of Mamound in the Bajur tribal…

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.”…

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…

U.N. Launches Guidance On Attacks Against Schools, Hospitals

U.N. News Centre: ‘Act to Protect’: U.N. launches guide on attacks against schools, hospitals “Every child has a right to education and health, the United Nations [Wednesday] said launching a guidance note to assist the people monitoring, reporting, and working to prevent attacks against schools and hospitals…” (5/21).

Step Up Efforts To Protect HCWs In Conflict Situations, Experts Urge

IRIN: More protection for health care workers needed “Experts are calling for increased protection for health care workers and patients in crisis situations in the face of growing attacks on health facilities, which challenge notions of their neutrality…” (5/23).

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).