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Zambia Faces ‘Critical Shortage’ Of ARVs

“A critical shortage of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) has hit most health facilities around” Zambia, the Lusaka Times reports. “Ministry of Health spokesperson Reuben Kamoto Mbewe confirmed that some clinics had run low on Truvada and neviripine while some had completely run out of the drugs,” the newspaper writes, noting, “As…

Lack Of Family Planning, Barriers To Reproductive Rights Hindering Development Progress

“Lack of family planning, along with other barriers to sexual and reproductive rights and health, remain obstacles to progress on several key development indicators,” Mushtaque Chowdhury, vice chair and adviser to the founder and chair of BRAC, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog. He highlights Bangladesh as…

PATH Working With Private Sector To Develop Public Health Innovations

The Atlantic speaks with Anurag Mairal, director of technology solutions at PATH Health Technologies, about PATH’s “wor[k] with the commercial sector to scale, distribute, and market its innovations.” Mairal’s “approach includes disruptive innovation (disrupt the global health system by changing the cost equation, moving away from a grants-based approach to…

Forbes Interviews President, CEO Of GE Healthcare Life Care Solutions

In partnership with the Skoll World Forum, Forbes features an interview with Thierry Leclercq, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Life Care Solutions, the last in a series examining “key trends, challenges and opportunities to realizing health care access and treatment around the world.” According to the interview transcript, Leclercq…

New Scientist Interviews ColaLife Founder, CEO

The New Scientist interviews Simon Berry, founder and CEO of ColaLife, “a non-profit organization that aims to use the Coca-Cola distribution model to get vital medicines to children in rural Africa.” According to the interview transcript, Berry reflects on how he developed the idea for ColaLife into a full business…

Working To Ensure Access To Family Planning For East African Youth

“Across East Africa, the majority of young adolescents are living without choice. With little or no access to modern contraceptives and family planning education, they lack the ability to choose when to become pregnant and even how many children to have,” Shane O’Halloran, international team manager for communications for Deutsche…

Working Paper Discusses Universal Health Coverage

A post in the Medicus Mundi International Network (MMI) blog describes a working paper (.pdf) “drafted by an ad hoc working group of the MMI Network and adopted by the MMI Board on August 13,” which “presents key elements of the concept of [universal health care (UHC)] as promoted by…

Minority Groups Suffer Worse Health Outcomes Than Rest Of Population, Report Says

“Minority groups suffer worse health outcomes than the rest of the population, according to a new report published by Minority Rights Group International (MRG)” last week, IRIN reports. The report, “State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, released to coincide with the U.N. General Assembly meeting on the…

Open Society Foundations Releases Briefings On Findings From HIV, Law Commission

The Open Society Foundations this week released several briefing papers highlighting findings by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in its report ‘HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights, and Health.’ Issues covered include women living with HIV, transgender people, sex workers, people who use drugs, people living with HIV,…

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