Alliance News Digest

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WEEK OF 04 SEPTEMBER 2009

News from the Global Health Workforce Alliance

AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Treatment crisis in Free State, again - IRIN, SA
    Free State Province is again experiencing a crisis in the delivery of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, with understaffed clinics, erratic drug supplies and long waiting lists preventing many dangerously ill patients from accessing the life-prolonging drugs.

ASIA AND PACIFIC

  • 'Occupational health centres badly needed' - The Nation, China
    The Public Health Ministry has called on the government to set up occupational health institutes to undertake scientific research and provide better treatment for workers suffering serious illnesses caused by severe accidents or chemical poisoning at work

NORTH AMERICA

  • C’mon health workers, get your swine flu shots - MSNBC.com
    In a nation where less than half of all health care providers get annual flu shots, despite intense campaigns to convince them, infection control officials say the refusal to be immunized against the novel H1N1 influenza virus could increase spread of the disease and stress an already overwhelmed medical system.
  • Patients Get Power of Fast Response - The Wall Street Journal
    New patient-safety law in the state, is one of a number of incidents that have led a growing number of hospitals to give patients and families the power to demand immediate attention from experienced medical staff when they fear a worsening condition.
  • Lack of paid sick days compounds flu problem - The Frenso Bee
    Health officials are urging businesses to keep sick employees home this fall to control the spread of swine flu. But for many workers, a sick day is a day without wages. So they’re still showing up for work, exposing others to the highly contagious flu strain.

EUROPE

LATIN AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

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