Initiatives to address the unmet needs of those facing both poverty and serious illness have expanded significantly over the past decade. But many of them are designed in an ad-hoc manner to address one health problem among many; they are too rarely assessed; best practices spread slowly. When assessments of delivery do occur, they are [...]
Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: Syrian Arab Republic Closing date: 31 May 2013 A. Background The protests that started in Syria in March 2011 have led to the present conflict in which, millions of people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Among them, 4.25 million are internally displaced while it is estimated that around 5000,000 people sought refuge in countries neighboring Syria, mainly in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq. Based on the trends of the past 18 months, it is anticipated that those currently being assisted in countries of asylum are likely to remain longer accommodated in refugee camps, host arrangements or public buildings, while the number of internally displaced population forced to leave their homes and living in host families, in collective centres, or other forms of temporary accommodation may continue to need live saving assistance to cope with the severity of their current living conditions. Many escaped in a rush carrying very limited personal belonging if at all and are now facing the hardship of the winter.
Dr. Lucy Chappell, Collection Editor of Measuring Coverage of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, explains what researchers of MNCH in High Income Country settings can learn from the Collection. In the middle of 2012, I took on the task of Collection Editor for the PLOS Collection Measuring Coverage of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health. But what did coverage measurement mean and why should it matter? These last nine months have opened my eyes to the importance of the topic and the challenges that are faced.
Kristine Husøy Onarheim and Johanne Helene Iversen from Universities Allied for Essential Medicines write about the broken system for drug development, and how governments are given an opportunity to address it. The member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet at the World Health Assembly later this month to discuss WHO’s follow-up of the report of the Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination, and the follow-up report issued by the WHO Secretariat after an open-ended member state meeting in November last year. It has long been recognized that “Market mechanisms, and also publicly-funded research, collectively result in far too little investment in research and development on diseases that mainly affect developing countries. This means that poor people suffer and die because there are no effective health technologies like medicines, vaccines or diagnostics”. Discussions on how to ensure innovation of and access to medical technology addressing diseases disproportionally affecting the poor dates back decades, and several commissions and working groups have been set down by the WHO on request from member states to examine the problem and possible solutions
Organization: International Medical Corps Country: World Closing date: 21 Jun 2013 NOTE – THIS POSITION IS TO APPLY TO A STAND BY ROSTER FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (ERT). Candidates selected for this position will be placed on the ERT standby roster and may be called when the International Medical Corps ERT responds to an emergency. This position is not compensated unless candidates are responding to an emergency response. When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self reliance. International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able and a highly motivated corps of professionals.
Organization: Management Sciences for Health Country: Afghanistan Closing date: 14 Jun 2013 SCOPE OF WORK CONTEXT AND BACKGROUND: Funded by USAID, the 5-year (2011-2016) Leadership, Management and Governance Project (LMG) collaborates with health leaders at all levels to improve leadership, management and governance practices to create stronger health systems and improve health for all, including vulnerable populations worldwide. The LMG technical approach has four main pillars including senior leadership and governance; local ownership for local results; knowledge exchange and measurement and gender equity. This LMG Afghanistan (LMG-AF) project is a field support buy-in to the LMG project which aims to further strengthen the capacity of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to lead, manage and govern the scale of access to and quality of the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and the Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS), particularly for those at highest health risk. The project will also continue to support capacity building of the Ministry of Education.
Organization: IFRC Country: Niger Closing date: 26 May 2013 The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian network and is part of the wider International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The IFRC’s Global Logistics Service (GLS) is a core function supporting the IFRC humanitarian action. The GLS operates on a cost-recovery basis and has a global network including: a headquarters-based GLS management in Geneva a GLS office in Dubai logistics hubs country-based logistics set-up in Niger Budgetary dimensions: 1.Technical compliance responsibility: 3 million Euros for year one then 2 million Euros for 4 years 2.Logistics operational budget: 500,000 Euros 3.Assets management (includes stock value, vehicles value and fix assets value): 1.5 million Euros This role is based in Niamey in Niger, but operates as part of a Global Logistics Service and therefore needs to maintain awareness of wider activities. IFRC has been appointed as the primary recipient (PR) to the Global Fund for R10 TB detection and treatment programme in Niger. The objective of this 5 year project is to work with the Niger Government (PNLT) and partners (secondary recipients (SRs)) in supporting the operation of treatment equipment and consumables and delivery of drugs for some 10,000 TB cases per year, across Niger.
A study released today by George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) researchers offers an in-depth look at hospitals nationwide and admissions to intensive care units (ICU). The study, published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, finds a sharp increase — nearly 50 percent — in ICU admissions coming from U.S. [...]
The federal health care overhaul makes some notable improvements in insurance coverage for young adults. They can now stay on their parents’ health plans until they turn 26. Next year they can also look for subsidized coverage on the state-based insurance marketplaces, also called exchanges. And they may qualify for Medicaid, if their income are [...]
In this post, Guest Blogger, Udo Obiechefu attempts to start a conversation on some of the issues impacting access and availability of care in West Africa. In his next post, Udo will explore avenues for solving these issues. Enjoy! The issues related to health care delivery and access in West Africa is plentiful. Lack of adequate funding, a small workforce, poor organization, and a dearth of viable private sector solutions are just a few of the many dilemmas preventing countless West Africans from attaining sustainable access to quality care.
Photo: Rebecca E. Rollins/Partners In HealthChristelene Denaud admires her newborn son, born via c-section in Lascahobas, Haiti. On Mother’s Day we celebrate our own mothers, and honor mothers around the world who often risk their health and survival to bring forth life in difficult or even dangerous conditions. On my recent trip to Haiti, I saw firsthand the importance of reaching further, of pushing ourselves to re-imagine what’s possible in providing dignified, quality health care to women throughout motherhood and beyond.
Organization: Habitat for Humanity International Country: Philippines Closing date: 15 Jun 2013 Manager, Learning and Development At Habitat, our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This simple, basic concept resonates throughout every program, country, and family touched by Habitat’s efforts. We are known as an international non-profit leader in providing housing solutions, whether it be building homes in areas affected by disasters in Thailand, working with local communities to develop micro savings programs for home improvement in the Philippines, or piloting solar cookers in Central America. To date, Habitat has helped to build or repair over 600,000 decent, affordable houses, serving more than 3 million people worldwide.
Organization: UN Population Fund Country: Iraq Closing date: 17 May 2013 We are pleased to announce the following vacancy: JOB ID NO: Job ID 2236 CLOSING DATE: 17 May 2013 (5:00 p.m. New York time) POST TITLE: Humanitarian Programme Coordinator CATEGORY: ICS-10 (equivalent to P-3) POST NUMBER: New POST TYPE: Non-rotational DUTY STATION: Erbil, Iraq DURATION: Temporary Appointment (364 days) ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT: Arab States Regional Office ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING: According to UNHCR data, more than 125,000 Syrian refugees are residing in Iraq, the number keeps growing and it is estimated that it will each more than 350,000 by the end of 2013, out of those, 66,500 are women of reproductive age, facing major complications due to lack or interruption of reproductive health services, including antenatal, postnatal and emergency obstetric care, not to mention family planning and other services that was part of RH package provided in Syria including early detection of cervical and breast cancers. UNFPA Iraq has been scaling up its humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees in North of Iraq (Kurdistan region) and South-West of Iraq (Anbar Governorates) since mid-2012. The intervention of Iraq CO is based on three main strategies: • Ensure accessibility of affected people to RH services and information including the emergency obstetric care through: a) deployment of staff to health facilities; b) procurement and delivery of RH commodities and pharmaceutical supplies, medical equipment and dignity kits; • Ensure accessibility of Syrian women and young girls (hosted in Refugee camps, as well those within hosting communities), in general, with particular focus on GBV survivors, to GBV Information and Psycho-Social Support and First Aid; • Facilitate sensitization and mobilization of Syrian youth (male and female), hosted in Refugee camps, as well those within hosting communities, on issues related to SRH, violence and GBV.
Organization: International Medical Corps Country: United States of America Closing date: 14 Jun 2013 International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.