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Video Spotlights Lives of Four Kenyan Health Workers
We're just a month away from World Health Day (April 7th) and the official launch of advocacy for the Global HEALTH Act of 2010.?So far this month, through this blog you've learned about the Global HEALTH Act and gotten some great facts about the health workforce crisis (and how many people are waiting in line for an I-Pad -- impressive!).?Today's post includes a few more resources that highlight the impact of Africa's health workforce shortage. Check them out and share with colleagues.PHR made the following video in collaboration with our Kenyan partner group, the Health Rights Advocacy Forum. In this 6-minute video, four health workers at Mbagathi Hospital talk about? the challenges they face every day -- and why they stay and practice medicine in their home country. This moving video can be shown on campus or at your workplace to stimulate discussion and urge people to take action.For more personal stories, check out?Africa's Health Care Worker Crisis: Views from the Ground, a PowerPoint presentation that outlines six main drivers of the health workforce crisis in Africa and explores these challenges through the eyes of four Ugandan medical student leaders. Feel free to use this to make a presentation on campus or in your community, or use facts from it to drive home the need for action.And watch our slideshows of?Dr. Fred Katumba and Clinical Officer Jane Byarugaba following them through a typical day as they provide health care to the rural poor in Southwestern Uganda. Dr. Katumba's work has propelled Lyantonde District to #2 out of more than 90 districts in terms of health outcomes -- a phenomenal accomplishment and testament to Dr. Katumba, his staff, and the millions of hard-working health professionals who help communities realize the right to health every day.