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Six Reasons an Ebola Travel Ban Makes Us No Safer — and No Sense

Momentum seems to be building on Capitol Hill for some kind of West African travel ban as an anti-Ebola measure. It sounds like a simple solution. But here’s why a travel ban is pointless—or could even make us less safe.   Zero direct flights. There are no direct flights between the US and the three affected countries.

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Thomas Frieden And The U.S. Ebola Response

Most remarkable, within a month the controversy surrounding the threat of Ebola to Americans had mushroomed into a political emergency for the Obama presidency itself, only a few tense weeks before the November 4 elections. Calls escalated for the appointment of an Ebola czar and a travel ban on persons originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the root sources of the Ebola emergency. A special measure of criticism was reserved for the Obama administration’s lead face in the U.S. response, Dr.

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What global health can learn from Starbucks, Trident Seafoods and Microsoft

What can supply chain experts from Starbucks, Microsoft and Trident Seafood share with public health practitioners at the Gates Foundation? Quite a lot, as it turns Read More

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Role Of New U.S. Ebola Coordinator Remains Unclear, News Sources Report

News outlets examine the role of the new U.S. Ebola coordinator. Devex: Obama’s new Ebola czar — and what it means for U.S. aid work on the ground “…With a background in law and politics, [Ron] Klain will manage the U.S.


WHO Releases Annual Global TB Report

World Health Organization: Global tuberculosis report 2014 The WHO released its annual global report on tuberculosis (TB), which “provides a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of the TB epidemic and progress in implementing and financing TB prevention, care and control at global, regional, and country levels using data reported by over 200 countries that account for…More


Six Reasons an Ebola Travel Ban Makes Us No Safer — and No Sense

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Momentum seems to be building on Capitol Hill for some kind of West African travel ban as an anti-Ebola measure. It sounds like a simple solution. But here’s why a travel ban is pointless—or could even make us less safe.   Zero direct flights. There are no direct flights between the US and the three affected countries.


Thomas Frieden And The U.S. Ebola Response

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Most remarkable, within a month the controversy surrounding the threat of Ebola to Americans had mushroomed into a political emergency for the Obama presidency itself, only a few tense weeks before the November 4 elections. Calls escalated for the appointment of an Ebola czar and a travel ban on persons originating in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the root sources of the Ebola emergency. A special measure of criticism was reserved for the Obama administration’s lead face in the U.S. response, Dr.


What global health can learn from Starbucks, Trident Seafoods and Microsoft

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What can supply chain experts from Starbucks, Microsoft and Trident Seafood share with public health practitioners at the Gates Foundation? Quite a lot, as it turns Read More


Can the Global Fund Help Address New Health Challenges?

The world is focused on the Ebola crisis, with the most affected countries, donors, and partners scrambling to find ways to reduce new infections within countries and prevent a global epidemic. The short-term response to provide mobile treatment centers, personal protective gear, and medical supplies has been substantial. But the weakest immediate link has been the lack of a resilient health system staffed with well-managed health workers trained to respond to such an outbreak.This is not something that can be done solely with money or as a quick fix. Health worker needs must be addressed over the long term.The need to have response capability and disease surveillance has long been on the global health agenda. The WHO approved its International Health Regulations in 2005 with all WHO member countries committing to having a plan to put response and disease surveillance systems in place by 2012


Looking at Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in the Field

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This piece originally appeared on the Huffington Post.Amos Emmanuel Kakere really wanted to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).A slight young man who looked far younger than his mere 24 years, Kakere, who is married and lives in Mhango village in Tanzania’s Shinyanga region, opted to undergo the procedure after seeing a large VMMC mobile field clinic near his village.The clinic, housed in a large, deployable tent and powered by a massive generator, with a waiting area and operating tables inside, was erected and run by IntraHealth International-trained health workers. The mobile clinic reaches 25,000 local men and young boys over the age of 10 from three villages who want to undergo VMMC but do not have access to nearby health facilities.”I was passing nearby and heard there was a tent and asked what was being done,” Kakere said through translation. “I was anxious to get the service.”Voluntary medical male circumcision is a common, 15- to 20-minute procedure that reduces HIV acquisition by 60 percent during heterosexual sex. VMMC is considered to be one of the easiest and most effective methods to reduce HIV transmission.When I asked him how he felt about the procedure, Constantine gave a thumbs-up and simply said, “Poa,” which means “cool” in Swahili. It’s been found, surprisingly, that women in sub-Saharan Africa tend to be excellent targets of VMMC messaging, as they encourage their partners to get circumcised and they understand that while not foolproof, a circumcised partner poses a lesser HIV threat than one who isn’t.Village announcement campaigns also educate and bring in potential VMMC clients


Family Planning Has Yet to Take Hold in West Africa—But Change Is Coming

West African countries have the highest fertility rates in the world, with an average of 5.5 births per woman; they also have the lowest levels of contraceptive use.As a longtime physician and family planning/reproductive health trainer at IntraHealth International, I see several reasons for this.When I started training male health providers in family planning services in West Africa in 1997, I was met with a lot of resistance. Many men thought that female clients wouldn’t want to talk to male health providers.But I told them, “It depends on how they see you. When you return to your facility, you need to tell people what you can do for them, advertise your new skills in family planning services, encourage women to come with their husbands so they can trust you as a couple, and build trust within community.”Now, 17 years later, I do not think that much has changed.Last year, when we were training mentors and tutors on a range of high-impact services, there were no male participants at the family planning training sessions. In health centers, the midwife is in charge of all maternal health services, including antenatal care, deliveries, postnatal care, and immunization.


New Partnership Will Bring Holistic Fistula Care to the Women of Mali

Pain. Loss. Loneliness.Too many women who suffer from obstetric fistula live these words every day.And although fistula is highly preventable and treatable, over 2 million women around the world continue to live with this childbirth injury and its devastating effects.That’s why Louise Winstanly, chair of the board at IntraHealth International, has committed to changing that life for the women of Mali.Through the Clinton Global Initiative, she and IntraHealth will bring a new, holistic approach to fistula care in Mali.Soon, she hopes, there will be new words: Dignity. Prosperity.


News Outlets Examine Federal Response To Ebola, Epidemic’s Influence In U.S. Politics

News outlets examine the federal response to the Ebola crisis, including analysis of its potential influence in U.S. politics. CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Watch: Congress Begins Grappling With a Response “A House subcommittee is returning from recess for a hearing Thursday that should offer a preview of how Congress will react to the spread of Ebola…More


Has global health become medicalised?

Many people have heard of ‘global health’. In fact, it is hard to get away from it, particularly on the medical side of college campuses, in health policy discussions, or the media when a newsworthy epidemic breaks out somewhere. Global health is generally code for (unfair) health disparities and the unhappy tendency of health crises walk or fly across national borders. Perhaps less familiar is the concept of ‘medicalization’. Roughly speaking, it is the process by which human problems are understood as (or ‘reduced to’) medical problems


Hiring Reform at WHO

When I wished for hiring reform at the World Health Organization on October 7, I got some welcome feedback on the tough politics that need to be solved in order to genuinely reform the WHO. I pointed out in my last post that despite how crucial the job of WHO regional director for Africa is, the position is filled largely behind closed doors, without any public posting or public deliberation over who would best fill it, and I’m not alone in calling for the process to be more transparent and merit-based. As Ebola and WHO’s response to it continue to be on the front page of the news, now would be good opportunity for the organization to reform its hiring.


Ebola Enters U.S. Politics As Issue In Mid-Term Elections

News outlets discuss how U.S. political parties are using the Ebola epidemic in their mid-term election campaign strategies. The Hill: GOP amplifies calls for Ebola czar “A growing number of Republicans are accusing President Obama of leadership failures on Ebola and urging him to hand over the government response to a single point person outside…More


Evaluation of an inter-professional training program for student clinical supervision in…

Background: As a response to an Australian shortage of clinical health, nursing, and medical placements, Commonwealth Government funding has been directed to expand student training opportunities and increase the competence and number of available clinical supervisors.


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