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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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Delhi-Bound with the Future of Maternal Health on My Mind

Motherhood can be a wonderful rite of passage that brings so much joy—seeing a baby’s first smile and then step, watching a child grow up.

Are Two Global Health Funding Agencies Better Than One? An Evidence-Based Comparison . . .

In the last eight years, international funding for HIV/AIDS treatment has increased dramatically, changing the landscape of national health systems and eliciting both praise and criticism. Today,...

Kangaroo Mother Care: Saving Babies’ Lives and Health

Every year, more than a million babies die because they were born preterm.

Child Marriage: What You Can Do Today to Prevent It

The issue of child marriage is pervasive throughout the developing world, and it undermines local and national efforts as well as those by the United States (US) Government to improve women's and girls' education, health, and economic and legal status worldwide.

From Polio to PEPFAR and Beyond: Can the GHI Reform the Way We Do Global Health?

For many in the blogopshere and the Twitter world Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s speech on Monday reenergized our commitment to the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the promise of transforming the way we practice global health work. Like many, I was left with questions of how exactly this initiative will work, but Clinton’s passing reference to the polio outbreak in northern Nigeria also reminded me of the imperative that GHI succeed.

Talking Technology: It Matters to Health Systems

Building better health systems requires offering health workers—and those who support them—access to the latest technology.

Top Ten Ways to Encourage Breastfeeding

Last week the world celebrated World Breastfeeding Week with a focus on the ten steps every health facility should take to promote successful breastfeeding.

In Praise of Simplicity

In a world where some two billion people do not have access to basic health care, simple things can have an enormous impact.

Training Health Workers: We Need Practical and Long-Term Solutions

This month’s Health Affairs issue “Lessons from Around the World” highlights some of the most pressing issues in health systems strengthening and human resources for health.

Preventing AIDS Deaths Need Not Be a Fight: A Health Systems Approach

Whatever the disease or health sector of priority—be it HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning, labor and delivery, or pneumonia—six components of the health system must be functioning and integrated in order for health impacts to be maximized.

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