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How to make it easier for health workers to volunteer in crises
How to make it easier for health workers to volunteer in crises

The United Nations estimates that 5,000 more international healthcare workers will be needed during the coming months in West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak. But where they will come from is not entirely clear. As World Bank President Jim Yong Kim recently stated, “Right now, I'm very much worried about where we will find those healthcare workers.” Aid agencies have openly expressed concern that mandatory quarantines for returning healthcare workers could affect the number of volunteers. Health professionals at academic institutions have complained that their universities sometimes make it difficult for them to volunteer. And some doctors with crisis experience who...

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