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Ebola Epidemic Negatively Affecting Access To HIV Treatment In Liberia

IRIN: Ebola hampers HIV/AIDS care in Liberia “…There are an estimated 30,000 people living with HIV in Liberia, according to UNAIDS. Before the Ebola outbreak, more than 70 percent of them had access to treatment via 144 HIV/AIDS care centers scattered across the country. But now, due to a shortage…

Short-, Long-Term Responses To Haitian Cholera Outbreak Still Needed

Huffington Post: Don’t Forget Cholera Pedro Medrano Rojas, U.N. assistant secretary general and senior coordinator for cholera response in Haiti “…Cholera remains a crisis in Haiti and the recent attention to the Ebola outbreak should be a reminder that we cannot drop our guard. … [B]oth feed on weak public…

Health Care, Education Vital For Record Number Of Global Youth, UNFPA Report Says

News outlets discuss the findings of a recently released report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) that estimates 1.8 billion people worldwide are between the ages of 10 to 24 years old. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Youth bulge could unleash rapid economic growth “The record number of young people in the…

Tests Show Tainted Medication Responsible For Indian Sterilization Campaign Deaths; State Recalls Pills As Company Denies Contamination

News outlets report on various issues surrounding the deaths of 13 women who took part in a government-sponsored Indian sterilization campaign, including autopsy and drug testing results and the history of sterilization programs in the country. Al Jazeera: Why Indian women are victims of sterilization ‘cattle camps’ (De Bode, 11/14).…

Investing In National Health Care Systems Can Boost Economies

CNN: Why health matters to economies Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health “There’s a well-understood correlation that as the economy of a country improves, so the health of its citizens improves. What may be less obvious is that the opposite is also true — improving the health…

Devex #HealthyMeans Opinion Pieces Address Global Health Challenges, Opportunities

Devex: Ensuring that no child dies for want of the right antibiotic Richard Francis, global head of Sandoz Devex: What Ebola has taught us about global health financing Rene Karsenti, chair of the IFFIm Board of Directors and president of the International Capital Market Association Devex: Every breath counts –…

Rapid Economic Growth Not Spurring Increase In African Health Care Spending

Los Angeles Times: African health spending lags despite rapid economic growth “…Ebola has focused attention on the inability of local [African] health systems to contain a major disease outbreak. But even in African nations untouched by the epidemic, health systems are struggling with insufficient financing and poor organization. That is…

Devex Continues #HealthyMeans Series With Opinion Pieces On Health Care Access

Devex: Want to fight dengue effectively? Get access to communities with local volunteers Walter Cotte, under secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Devex: Universal health coverage: An empty promise without focusing on chronic diseases Katie Dain, executive director of the NCD Alliance Devex:…