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Community Health Workers Helping To Improve Maternal Care In Nigeria

NPR: New Mothers Get A New Kind Of Care In Rural Nigeria “How do you help a country struggling to provide quality health care, particularly to its rural citizens? More doctors would be great. New and better clinics would help. But in some places, community health workers are an important…

South African Health Minister Counters Media Reports On HIV Drug Supply Shortages

Mail & Guardian: Motsoaledi refutes claims S.A. faces drug shortages “Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has hit back at media reports about drug shortages at public health facilities reaching crisis levels. Motsoaledi claimed there are ‘more than adequate’ antiretroviral medicines for HIV treatment in each facility and district. He said South…

U.S. Group Challenges Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug Patents In 5 Countries

Reuters: Gilead patents on costly hepatitis C drug challenged in five countries “A U.S. group is trying to block patents in five countries for Gilead Sciences Inc.’s costly hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, in a bid to give almost 60 million afflicted people access to cheaper generic versions. In Argentina, Brazil,…

Women From Philippines, CAR Share Motherhood Stories

Huffington Post: Stories of Motherhood from Central Africa to South East Asia Maria Cristina H. Oñate, project coordinator at Save the Children “…Maria Christina H. Oñate is from Metro Manila, Philippines. Holding the 105th spot out of 179 nations [in Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers report], the…

High Maternal Mortality Rates Persist In Latin America Despite Social Progress

Inter Press Service: Pregnancy and Childbirth Still Kill Too Many Women in Latin America “In spite of strides in social progress, Latin America’s maternal mortality rates remain unacceptable, and many of the deaths are avoidable, occurring partly because of neglect of the prescriptions provided by experts: preventive action and health…

Russian Government’s Policies Worsening HIV Epidemic, Expert Says

Agence France-Presse: AIDS expert flays Kremlin, says Russia’s HIV epidemic worsening “Russia’s top AIDS expert lambasted the Kremlin’s increasingly conservative agenda Thursday, saying the HIV epidemic is worsening and at least two million Russians are likely to be infected in about five years. Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the country’s state…