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Hepatitis C Drugs Should Be More Accessible For World’s Poorest

The Guardian: Hepatitis C medicines must be made accessible faster than HIV drugs were Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on innovative financing “… Until recently, the only cure for hepatitis C involved an expensive combination of injections and tablets that lasted a…

Rohingya Struggle To Access Health Care After MSF Forced To Halt Myanmar Operations

News outlets report on the condition of Myanmar’s health system in its Rakhine state after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, was forced to stop its operations there. Associated Press: Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar “…Living conditions in The Chaung village and surrounding camps…

Reports Highlight Damage To Children, Health Care System In Syria

News outlets report on two recently released reports on how the Syrian conflict is affecting children and health care in the country. Save the Children published “A Devastating Toll” (.pdf), and UNICEF published “Under Siege.” Agence France-Presse: Syria conflict affects 5.5 million children: U.N. “The number of children affected by…

Experts Urge Laos To Increase Efforts To Address HIV/AIDS

IRIN: More work on HIV in Laos needed “Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing…” (3/12).

Melinda Gates Says India Moving Toward Poverty Eradication, Universal Health Access

LiveMint: Melinda Gates: Poverty eradication, health care for all closer than ever for India “Philanthropist Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and one of the most influential women in the world, maintains that India is closer than ever to the goal of eradicating poverty and improving…

Rohingya Deprived Of Medical Care After MSF Is Forced To Halt Operations In Myanmar

New York Times: Ban on Doctors’ Group Imperils Muslim Minority in Myanmar “Nearly 750,000 people, most of them members of a Muslim minority in one of the poorest parts of Myanmar, have been deprived of most medical services since the government banned the operations of Doctors Without Borders [Médecins Sans…

UHC In Africa Post-2015 Is Possible

A blog from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, “International Health Policies,” reports from the Africa Health Economics and Policy Association (AfHEA) conference that took place last week in Nairobi. Discussing the opportunities and challenges of universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa in post-2015, the blog notes, “…UHC…

Campaigners Urge For Access To Hepatitis C Drugs In Poor Countries

The Guardian: New hepatitis C drugs must be affordable worldwide, say campaigners “There are 185 million people in the world chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, which attacks the liver and can cause liver cancer and cirrhosis. … But with most of the sufferers in middle-income countries and prices being…

Universal Access To Hepatitis C Treatment Is Possible, Blog Says

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a report from international humanitarian nonprofit Médecins du Monde on strategies for achieving universal access to Hepatitis C treatments. The report “calls 2014 a ‘turning point’ in the history of the pandemic disease… [and]… focuses on a familiar obstacle… the…