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Belief In Witchcraft Undermining Health Care In Papua New Guinea

IRIN: Witchcraft and PNG’s disappearing health service “…[S]tories [of people being treated by traditional healers because they believe they are cursed] are not uncommon in [Papua New Guinea (PNG)], a largely traditional society with 836 languages and where belief in witchcraft or sanguma as it is known in Tok Pisin,…

UNFPA, Gates Foundation MOU Aimed At Improving Contraceptive Access Through Innovation

“…Innovation is the key to improving access to family planning services and contraceptives. … That’s exactly what the partnership that UNFPA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently signed is all about. … UNFPA and the Gates Foundation will collaborate to develop and identify innovative approaches to allow for…

HIV Drug Treatment In Short Supply In Venezuela

USA Today: Anti-HIV drugs dry up in Venezuela “The wretched condition of Venezuela under its socialist leadership is now worsening the ability of hospitals to treat people, especially patients with HIV. … Nearly 50,000 Venezuelans are taking antiretrovirals … [but t]housands of HIV patients are now without their medicines, non-profit…

New Drugs Approved To Treat TB; Access To Treatment Still Uncertain

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: TB drug approvals, distribution deal inches options forward, but MDR-TB treatment access still uncertain where needed most Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses recent TB drug approvals and potential…

Blog Examines Public Health Impacts Of Mental Health Disorders In Africa

Global Health Africa: Responding to the Needs of the Vulnerable: The State of Mental Health Care in Africa Diana Kingsbury, an instructor at Kent State University and a blog contributor, discusses the impacts of mental health and substance use disorders on public health systems in Africa (5/18).

Denial Of Access To Maternal Care In Myanmar ‘Is A Human Rights Violation’

New York Times: The Waiting Game Nicole Sganga, contributor “…Myanmar confines many of the Rohingya Muslim minority to closed camps and largely denies them adequate medical care. … Being denied access to proper maternal care is a human rights violation that deserves notice — and redress. … If we’re going…

World Health Assembly, Side Events Address Smallpox Stocks, Access To Medicines

Media outlets report on the ongoing World Health Assembly meeting and associated side events. Intellectual Property Watch: BRICS Ministers Join Forces For Access To Medicines “At a side event to the opening of the 2014 World Health Assembly, strong statements were made by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South…

U.N. Launches Guidance On Attacks Against Schools, Hospitals

U.N. News Centre: ‘Act to Protect': U.N. launches guide on attacks against schools, hospitals “Every child has a right to education and health, the United Nations [Wednesday] said launching a guidance note to assist the people monitoring, reporting, and working to prevent attacks against schools and hospitals…” (5/21).

Stigma Remains Barrier To HIV Treatment For Sex Workers In Myanmar

IRIN: Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains In Myanmar, “[d]espite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services…” (1/14).

Activists, NGOs React To Nigerian Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Marriage, Relationships

News outlets summarize the response of activists, experts, and non-governmental organizations to a new law in Nigeria outlawing same-sex marriage and relationships, as well as membership in gay rights groups. Agence France-Presse: Same-sex ban ‘legalizes’ homophobic violence: gay Nigerians “Gay activists on Tuesday vowed to fight the Nigerian government after…