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45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Day 1

Editor’s Note: This week, Del Garcia, MCN’s Director of International Projects, Research and Development is in Barcelona, attending the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, sponsored by the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The five-day conference features over 150 sessions with presenters from 65 countries.  Here is a short update on Del’s impressions from the first days of the conference.

The Spread of Ebola in Africa: Health Care Workers’ Role

Ebola infographic

MCN’s Chief Medical Officer, Ed Zuroweste is currently finishing up a training in Uganda on Ebola virus preparedness and disaster response.  About 50 clinicians from across Africa are attending the five-day training, organized by the World Health Organization (WHO).  Some clinicians will be returning to their home countries to train other health workers in the information and tactics learned at the workshops.

Staying Safe from Ebola Infection

Ed leads Ebola training

MCN’s Chief Medical Director, Ed Zuroweste, was asked by the World Health Organization (WHO) to be a lead trainer for an international effort to train primary care clinicians in Africa to handle the Ebola crisis.  Here is Ed’s update from Uganda, where the third day of training has just finished.

Ed Zuroweste in Uganda to Train Clinicians on Ebola

Ed with team in Africa

MCN’s Chief Medical Officer Ed Zuroweste arrived in Uganda yesterday, to assist in training clinicians in Ebola virus preparedness and disaster response. The five-day training was organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the 50 attending clinicians, mostly ER doctors and infectious disease specialists from the African Union, Gambia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Southern Sudan.  Ed is one of a four-person training crew from WHO.

MCN recognizes World TB Day

World Tuberculosis Day TB Net

The cause of tuberculosis was discovered on March 24, 1882 by Dr. Robert Koch. The disease is curable, yet according to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO),

Congress Will See Life Through the Eyes of Farmworkers with Seth Holmes' "Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies"

Last week, President Obama and every member of Congress received a copy of Seth Holmes’ Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies.  For nearly two years, physician and anthropologist Seth Holmes lived and worked as a migrant farmworker.

MCN Honors Workers on International Workers' Memorial Day, Children in Agriculture Have Unequal Protections

   On the heels of International Worker Memorial Day, the day slated to honor the ultimate sacrifice of workers and families throughout the world, the Obama administration released a statement saying it will no longer pursue protections for children working in agriculture.

Dr. Zuroweste Reports from the Field

Dr. Ed Zuroweste

I was amazed today to be copied on an email about a big concern about the emergency response of the influenza team in Eastern Europe. I was copied because of the possibility that we may need to quickly mobilize a training of rural providers on the recognition and treatment of the potential severe complications of H1N1.

MCN’s Chief Medical Officer Deployed to the World Health Organization

Dr. Ed Zuroweste with other WHO doctors

Dr. Ed Zuroweste, MCN’s Chief Medical Officer, has been deployed to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland for four months to assist healthcare providers in limited resource settings.

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