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News & commentary about the global health workforce

Door-to-Door Hypertension Care in Dakar Brings a Pervasive Public Health Problem to Light

Many health workers in Senegal didn’t know what hypertension was or how to treat it—until now.Read more

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Rwanda’s Police and Health Provider Partnership Is Better Serving Gender-Based Violence Survivors

Why is a health program training police officers? In January last year, the Government of Rwanda published its first training manual for health providers in the care and treatment of sexual and gender-based violence survivors.

Where is the United States Government Going on 'Gender'?

I’ve been watching the ebb and flow of the gender equality movement for many years now. I’m glad to see that the ebbing, including the social backlash of the 1980s and the political chill of the 1990s, has been replaced by positive policy “flow”—if not flowering—in the U.S. government’s commitment to achieve gender equality in development assistance and diplomacy

What We Need to Change: See More Health Workers ‘Made in the U.S.A’

Every year, U.S. medical and nursing schools turn away tens of thousands of qualified applicants and thousands of American students instead study at overseas medical schools.

Asking Smart Questions: Where Are Health Workers within Service Integration?

I was struck by the extent to which the health worker as input or output in the evaluation of service integration models is conceptually absent.

Move the Merchandise: An Around-the-Clock Operation to Save a Kenyan Medical Warehouse

Picture the following scenario: A large warehouse, 13,000 m2, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya about 20 kilometers from the city center, is so full of drugs and other medical supplies that there is no space for new deliveries.

Making Work Safe for Health Workers

During my medical residency, several of my friends stuck themselves with used needles while caring for patients. I remember their anxiety as they waited for the blood tests to arrive that indicated whether they were at risk for HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.

The Promise of Better Health Worker Education with Launch of New Kenya Center

The Kitui Centre of Excellence for Family Planning and Reproductive Health will support local faculty to develop & apply innovative teaching methods.

Focusing on Women, Girls, and Gender Equality: Let’s Not Forget Female Health Workers

The Obama administration's Global Health Initiative has taken the bold step of putting the principle of "women, girls, and gender equality" at the top of the list.

Community Health Workers Save Lives

In places where there are no nurses or doctors or people have to travel a distance to see one, community health workers play an invaluable role of offering basic health care and information to often isolated or remote communities

Walking in Other People’s Shoes

I just completed an evaluative survey about an email-based community of practice—Healthcare Information For All by 2015.

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