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Partners Working To Introduce Injectable Polio Vaccine, Eradicate Disease

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: On the Path to Polio Eradication: Ensuring Lasting Protection Jos Vandelaer, chief of UNICEF’s Global Immunization Program, and Michel Zaffran, coordinator of WHO’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), discuss the progress made in introducing the injectable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into routine immunization…

Nigeria’s Efforts To Improve Vaccine Supply Chain Can Serve As Model For Other Countries

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Simple But Impactful: Transforming Nigeria’s Vaccine Supply Chain Inuwa Yau, an immunization specialist with UNICEF Nigeria, and Mahmud Mustapha Zubair, director of the Department of Logistics and Health Commodities at NPHCDA, write, “With support from Gavi, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF,…

Blog Post Discusses 4 Ugandan Laws Negatively Impacting Country’s Public Health

Open Society Foundations: Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda Naomi Burke-Shyne, a senior program officer with the Law and Health Initiative and the International Harm Reduction Development Program, highlights four Ugandan laws that “target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss Universal Health Care In Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Lancet: Universal health coverage post-2015: putting people first Editorial Board “Dec 12, 2014, marks the world’s first Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. … UHC is indeed considered one of the key components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be finalized in September 2015. … UHC beyond 2015 must…

Large Portion Of Global Population Cannot Afford Health Care, ILO Report Says

U.N. News Centre: “Paying out-of-pocket for health care leads to ‘deep impoverishment’ — U.N. report” “Some 80 percent of the population across 44 countries lives without any health protection, essentially being deprived of the right to health care simply because they cannot afford it, according to a new report released…

Ebola Damaging Health Service Delivery In West Africa, WHO Official Says

VOA News: General Health Systems Damaged by Ebola in West Africa “The World Health Organization reports the spread of Ebola is having a damaging impact on the delivery of health services for people suffering from other illnesses in the three severely affected Ebola countries in West Africa. … Ebola has…

GlaxoSmithKline Again Tops ‘Access To Medicine Index’

New York Times: GlaxoSmithKline Leads In Getting Drugs to Poor “For the fourth time, GlaxoSmithKline has led all other pharmaceutical companies on an influential list ranking companies by how effectively they help the world’s poor get needed medicines. The list, the Access to Medicine Index, has been published every other…

In South Africa, AIDS Group Says Poor Public Health System Damaging Treatment Gains; Young Women Face Higher HIV Incidence Than Male Peers

Associated Press: South African AIDS group says treatment stalling “…The [Treatment Action Campaign], one of the country’s largest AIDS awareness groups, said it would not join a [World AIDS Day] celebration while South Africa’s over-burdened public health care system is eroding progress made in the last decade. … Speaking at…