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Gates Foundation’s Stance On UHC Is Ambiguous, Blog Suggests

Writing in Humanosphere, Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist of the blog, discusses the ambiguity of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s stance on universal health coverage. Paulson writes, “The Gates Foundation, despite its claim to have no position, is seen by many as skeptical of making universal health coverage…

High-Level Panel Discusses Importance Of Universal Health Care In Development Framework

Devex: New high-level support for universal health coverage “World Bank President Jim Kim convened an impressive panel on the sidelines of the bank’s spring meetings on Friday to lend their voices to the growing chorus of support for a global goal for universal health coverage by 2030. United Nations Secretary-General…

Some Countries Win Lower Pricing For Hepatitis C Treatment; Pharma Defends High Cost

News outlets report on developments surrounding the pricing of Gilead’s hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi. Bloomberg News: Developing Countries Pay 1% of U.S. Price for Gilead’s Sovaldi “Developing countries such as Egypt, India, and Brazil won discounts to pay one percent of the $84,000 price Gilead Sciences Inc. is charging U.S.…

WHO Releases Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines Amid Calls For Lower Cost Treatment

Media sources report on the WHO’s first-ever hepatitis C treatment guidelines and increased efforts to lower the cost of the most effective treatments. Financial Times: Price of hepatitis C drug attacked “Gilead Sciences is facing mounting pressure over its new $1,000-a-day hepatitis C drug after the World Health Organization joined…

Efforts Underway To Lower Cost Of New Hepatitis C Drug

Two Reuters articles discuss efforts to lower the cost of a new hepatitis C treatment. Reuters: Gilead aims to license hepatitis C drug to 3-4 Indian firms “Gilead Sciences aims to license its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to three or four Indian generic manufacturers to allow sales of the…

Investments In Health Workforce Capacity Critical To Tackle NCDs

Huffington Post: Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers Jeffrey Sturchio and Louis Galambos, co-authors of “Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research,” and Tina Flores, director at Rabin Martin “… In recognition of World Health Worker Week, we call on everyone to…

IntraHealth-Led Projects Helping To Improve Health Care Workplaces

In a post on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sarah Dwyer, communications manager for IntraHealth International, profiles Agnes Masagwayi, a senior clinical health officer in Mbale District, Uganda, and highlights efforts by two USAID-supported IntraHealth projects that are helping “to strengthen district-level health workforce leadership and…

Rwanda’s Health Sector Progress Since Genocide Provides Hope For Nation’s Future

The Lancet features a public health paper and an editorial on Rwanda’s health sector progress since the genocide 20 years ago. The Lancet: Rwanda 20 years on: investing in life Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s minister of health, Paul Farmer of Harvard Medical School, et al. “…The Rwandan Constitution of 2003 formalized…

Universal Health Coverage Is Key To Maternal Health Post-2015

The “New Security Beat” blog of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars’ Environmental Change and Security Program highlights a video from the Wilson Center discussing universal health coverage as a mechanism to continue eliminating preventable maternal deaths and morbidity post-2015. The blog cites a new PLOS Medicine Essay that “makes…

Gates, Tahir Foundations, Others To Form Indonesia Health Fund

News outlets report on the planned establishment of the Indonesia Health Fund, aimed at helping to expand health care access in the country. Jakarta Globe: Bill Gates to Visit Jakarta for New Health Fund “Microsoft founder Bill Gates will visit Jakarta on April 5 to sign a memorandum of understanding…