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Conflict Threatens South Sudan’s Development Gains

VOA News: South Sudan Crisis Threatens Development “…The South Sudanese government announced big plans to begin providing services for its own people after the country won independence in 2011, but the current conflict has changed all that. In December last year, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his…

War Impacting Health Care, Other Infrastructure In Syria

Humanosphere: Visualizing how Syria’s war undermines health Katie Leach-Kemon, a research specialist at IMHE and Humanosphere columnist, discusses how war in Syria is having a “destabilizing effect on the country’s health system and other essential infrastructure…” (10/13).

South Sudanese Face Lack Of Health Care, Food Insecurity, Sexual Violence

News outlets report on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, where violence is impeding access to health care and threatening famine. In addition, a U.N. envoy warns about the damage to future generations from sexual violence. The Lancet: Fighting restricts access to health care in South Sudan “…The fighting that…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various issues related to the Ebola epidemic. Vox: Why we fail at stopping outbreaks like Ebola Julia Belluz, health reporter, and Steven Hoffman, assistant professor at McMaster University and visiting assistant professor at Harvard University “…We’ve had outbreaks before, and they show us we’re not…

Novel Financing Mechanisms Needed To Improve Access To Multidrug-Resistant TB Treatment

PLOS Medicine: Global Financing and Long-Term Technical Assistance for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Scaling Up Access to Treatment Thomas Hwang of Harvard University and the Blackstone Group, and Salmaan Keshavjee of Harvard University and Partners in Health, explore issues surrounding scaling up access to treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, including novel financing structures…

Flooding Damages Hospitals In Kashmir, Worsening Health Crisis

New York Times: Hospitals in Kashmir Struggle After Flooding, Deepening a Health Crisis “…In the aftermath of the powerful floods that hit Kashmir early this month, the area is in the midst of a health crisis. Much of the region depends on the premier hospitals in Srinagar, the summer capital…

PLOS Medicine Launches Collection On Universal Health Coverage

PLOS Medicine: The PLOS “Monitoring Universal Health Coverage” Collection: Managing Expectations Editorial Board “This week, PLOS Medicine publishes the PLOS Collection ‘Monitoring Universal Health Coverage,’ launched on September 22nd at the Rockefeller Foundation as a side event of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. … As illustrated…