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Think scale! Engaging Private Pharmacies to Improve Public Health 

A version of this story first appeared on IDSA’s Science Speaks platform By Emily Delmotte Lisinopril 20 mg by mouth at 8am? Check. After verifying the Read More

How to take morphine in rural Guatemala

Rosa is a 59-year-old woman dying1 of a broken heart: in her heart is a hole that surgeons cannot fix, and the irregular flow of Read More

Obstetrics and Equity in Kenya

As a second year OBGYN resident based in San Francisco, I spent my second year elective at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi, Kenya. Read More

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Investing In Health Workforce Necessary To Achieve ‘Equitable, Universal Health For All’

The Hill: Health workers go unnoticed at U.N. General Assembly Jim Campbell, director of the health workforce department at the WHO “…[I]nvesting in health workers is one of the best investments a nation can make. … If we are to take seriously what’s needed to meet the health needs of low- and middle-income nations, all…More


Strong Health Systems Require Investment In Health Workforce

IntraHealth International’s “Vital”: Invest in Health Systems by Investing in Health Workers Nancy Kelly, executive director of Health Volunteers Overseas, discusses USAID’s 2017 Acting on the Call report, which provides quantitative estimates that suggest “stronger health systems lead to more widely available, higher-quality care, particularly among underserved patient populations and in low-resource settings.” Kelly also…More


Patterns of resident health workforce turnover and retention in remote communities of the…

The geographical maldistribution of the health workforce is a persisting global issue linked to inequitable access to health services and poorer health outcomes for rural and remote populations.


Look To Policy, Local Solutions To Build Health Workforce Amid Health Worker Shortages

Devex: Opinion: Nurses are coming out of retirement to fight HIV Margarite Nathe, senior editor and writer on the communications and advocacy team at IntraHealth International “…[Pamela McQuide, IntraHealth’s country director in Namibia,] and her team have three recommendations for other countries working to creatively build fit-for-purpose health workforces in the midst of health worker…More


CDC’s Field Epidemiology Training Program Strengthens In-Country Public Health Workforce,…

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Training the Future Public Health Workforce in Malawi: the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Kiran Bhurtyal of CDC Malawi discusses Malawi’s Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and the work and achievements of its trainees, writing, “Malawi has made much progress in public health in the past decade, but it has a…More


Chronic kidney disease and the global NCD agenda

2017 is an important year for the international nephrology community. March 9 was World Kidney Day, the theme this year being ‘Kidney disease and obesity: healthy lifestyles for healthy kidneys’, highlighting the crucial link between the kidneys and metabolic and cardiovascular health. In April, the Global Kidney Health Atlas, one of the largest health-related country capacity reviews in history, was launched at the World Congress of Nephrology in Mexico City. The Atlas, a first for the nephrology community, is a multinational cross-sectional survey designed to assess need and capacity for kidney care worldwide and provide the foundation for a global surveillance network for chronic kidney disease (CKD) care.


The ‘Dream Team’ for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health: an…

A competent, enabled and efficiently deployed health workforce is crucial to the achievement of the health-related sustainable development goals (SDGs).


CDC-Supported Programs To Train Epidemiologists In Sierra Leone Help Curb Potential Widespread…

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: Keeping Kids Healthy in Sierra Leone Regan Rickert-Hartman and Tushar Singh, epidemiologists with CDC, discuss “improving surveillance systems and training the public health workforce in Sierra Leone,” particularly following the Ebola epidemic. They write, “Sierra Leone now has 58 disease detectives trained through the Frontline Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) with…More


What will make a difference? Assessing the impact of policy and non-policy scenarios on…

Health workforce planning is based on estimates of future needs for and supply of health care services.


CSIS Blog Posts Highlight Informal Health Worker Training, TB Treatment Programs In India

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Training the Informal Health Workforce in India Richard Downie, deputy director and fellow of the Africa Program at CSIS, discusses a program in India that trains informal health care providers in an effort to address health worker shortages in rural areas, writing, “Innovations like these are…More


New Health Workforce Action Plan Dodging the Difficult Questions

Mit Philips and Marielle Bemelmans of  Médecins Sans Frontières discuss the looming issue of how to afford an expanded health workforce in the countries that need it most The Seventieth World Health Assembly is currently underway


World Health Assembly Addresses Efforts To End Polio, Pandemic Flu Preparedness, Closing Health…

WHO: Seventieth World Health Assembly update, 25 May “The World Health Assembly [Wednesday] made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce…” (5/25).


Health workforce and governance: the crisis in Nigeria

In Nigeria, several challenges have been reported within the health sector, especially in training, funding, employment, and deployment of the health workforce.


Preventing Local Outbreaks from Becoming Global Pandemics: FETP Enhances Capabilities to Track…

Christine Kihembo, FETP graduate from Uganda led a study in her country on Podoconiosis, a neglected tropical diseases that affects about 4 million people around the world. Above, the typical asymmetrical lymphedema (lower limb swelling) seen in podoconiosis. The skin on the affected limbs is thickened with warty and mossy nodules and toes are disfigured. Photo credit: Christine Kihembo. Every day, somewhere in the world, field epidemiologists or “disease detectives” save lives by detecting and controlling disease outbreaks.


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