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Global Health Workforce Shortages Could Be Filled By Unemployed Youth, WHO Official Says

Devex: Could unemployed youth solve the health care worker crisis? “According to the World Health Organization, 40 million new health and social care jobs must be created globally by 2030 to meet Sustainable Development Goal 3 of universal health coverage. At the same time, global youth unemployment reached 71 million…

Primary Health Care Systems Serve As Front Lines In Disease Outbreaks, Must Be Strengthened

The Conversation: How best to prepare for epidemics? Strengthen primary care Ashwin Vasan, assistant professor of Clinical Population Health & Medicine at Columbia University “…Why is primary care important in epidemics like Ebola or Zika? First, we know that primary care providers play an important role in initial outbreak response…

Investing In Global Health Workforce Vital To Maintain U.S., Global Security

STAT: Global health is an investment we can’t afford to pass up Vanessa Kerry, CEO and cofounder of Seed Global Health “…The huge differences between health care in the developed world and the developing world are due, in part, to the particularly dire shortage of health care workers. … With…

Polio Vaccination Teams In Afghanistan Helping World Close In On Elimination Goal

Los Angeles Times: This boy could be one of the world’s last victims of polio “…The narrow Sheltan valley [in Afghanistan], a haven for the Taliban and other insurgents along the border with Pakistan, is also one of the world’s last redoubts for the crippling childhood disease. There have been…

In Peru, Volunteer Community Health Workers Assist TB Patients Complete Treatment Regimens

Reuters: Wider Image: Hope for eradicating tuberculosis emerges in Peru slum “…In places like [Peru’s] Villa Esperanza, or Village of Hope, … the problem is inadequate health services to help patients follow through with [tuberculosis (TB)] treatment, which takes six months to a couple years. Partners in Health (PIH) ……

Integrated, Planned Approach Critical To Achieving Health-Related SDGs

The Conversation: Only a bottom-up approach will deliver global health development targets Karen Daniels, specialist scientist in the Health Systems Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council; Aku Kwamie,┬áhealth systems researcher at the University of Ghana; and Fadi El-Jardali, professor of health policy and systems at the American…

Social Mobilization Critical To Ending Polio, UNICEF Director Says

Devex: Ending polio one community at a time “Social mobilization was the backbone of polio eradication efforts with health workers, combating polio ‘community by community by community,’ UNICEF Executive Director Tony Lake told Devex Impact associate editor Adva Saldinger in an exclusive interview. Understanding the community structure was crucial to…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Issues Surrounding Zika Outbreak

Quartz: What Africa’s fight against HIV can teach Latin America about Zika Celine Gounder, internist, infectious diseases and public health specialist, and medical journalist “…[Intrauterine devices (IUDs)] and hormonal implants are the most reliable form of reversible contraception, with failure rates of less than one percent. They’re also long-lasting ……

Suicide Bomber Targets Polio Center In Pakistan’s Quetta, Killing At Least 14 People; Most Victims Police Preparing To Protect Vaccinators

Associated Press: Suicide attack on Pakistan polio center kills 15 “A suicide attack on a polio vaccination center in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday killed 15 people, mainly police who had gathered to escort health workers, who have been repeatedly targeted in recent years by Islamic militants, officials said…” (Sattar/Shahzad, 1/13).…

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