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Strengthening international partnerships on health workforce development

15 September 2014 -- In 2010, as part of the effort to address the global shortage of health workers and to find ethical solutions to health worker migration, governments agreed to the principles of the WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. This feature story describes how Ireland has successfully put into practice the provisions of the Code with a new training programme which supports universal health coverage.

Cuban medical team heading for Sierra Leone

12 September 2014 -- Cuba is known the world over for its ability to train excellent doctors and nurses who can then go out to help other countries in need. And now it will send a medical team of 165 people to Sierra Leone to help in the frontline in the Ebola response efforts.

Shell-shocked Gazans seek to expand mental health services in wake of conflict

12 September 2014 -- Following the recent conflict in Gaza, WHO estimates that an expected 360 000 people – 20% of Gaza’s population – are suffering a range of mental health challenges. Studies have shown that armed conflict causes significant levels of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychologist Hasan Zeyada lost close family himself during the recent hostilities and continues to support people who need help.

Sri Lanka’s low-cost people-centred approach to health challenges

8 September 2014 -- Noncommunicable diseases – heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and respiratory disease – now account for 65% of all deaths in Sri Lanka and are a significant factor in escalating health care costs. In response, the country has, since 2011, used its extensive network of clinics and hospitals to set up 700 healthy lifestyle centres. All Sri Lankan citizens have access to affordable quality health care making the introduction of new approaches feasible. This feature story highlights the work in Sri Lanka to tackle NCDs.


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