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HPH Weekly: As Cambodia landmines aid dries up, a new approach is proposed

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Jo Zhou
May 2, 2024
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As Cambodia landmines aid dries up, a new approach is proposed

A prosthetics patient with a missing leg limb gets his chart reviewed and leg cared for a by a community health care worker near his home in Cambodia.
Erika Piñeros

Outside aid to support Cambodian landmine victims is drying up. The country needs a new funding model—and an emergent public health sector will play a key role. Bopha Phorn reports on how the country plans to sustain care and rehabilitation in a future where international aid is greatly reduced.

Can nurse practitioners solve the primary care shortage?

Medical file folders, a prescription pad and pen, and a stethoscope surround an image of a female nurse practitioner reviewing a chart with a female patient. Composition is on a blue-purple background
Source images: CreativeArchetype / iStock, SDI Productions / iStock, s-cphoto / iStock

Nearly a third of the U.S. population lacks access to primary care, writes nurse practitioner Grace Han. And yet archaic state laws and outdated stereotypes stand in the way of NPs like her filling that gap. It’s time to put more nurses in the doctor’s chair, she argues.

A user’s manual for the next pandemic

Book cover for “The Outbreak Atlas” by Rebecca Katz and Mackenzie S. Moore on a teal speckled background. The cover has a heat map with a dead mosquito in the corner.
Book cover: Vanderbilt University Press

The new book The Outbreak Atlas “feels essential, even if it’s for a moment that many people might not want to think about right now,” says reviewer Madeline Roberts. She calls the book, by Rebecca Katz and Mackenzie S. Moore, approachable, practical—and one you’ll likely need on your shelf in the coming years.

Snapshot: The big fail

Chemonics International was supposed to transform USAID’s global supply chain for health care products. Despite eight years and numerous extensions, it did not succeed, according to an investigation by Devex and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Michael Igoe, the lead author of the report, spoke to HPH.

Toward an “insurgent politics of care”

Barn Raiser’s Paco Alvarez speaks to Thurka Sangaramoorthy, author of the 2023 book Landscapes of Care: Immigration and Health in Rural America, about U.S. reliance on immigrant labor, solidarity between U.S. citizens and immigrants, and the country’s abandonment of rural areas.

This story was originally published by Barn Raiser.

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Jo Zhou is the social media manager and audience engagement specialist at Harvard Public Health. Read more from Jo Zhou.