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GSK To Add Antiretroviral Drug To Medicines Patent Pool

Reuters: GSK’s ViiV unit adds new HIV drug to AIDS patent pool “GlaxoSmithKline’s AIDS drugs business is to add one of its latest HIV medicines to a patent pool — cutting its future price for developing countries and pooling intellectual property rights. ViiV Healthcare, which is majority owned by the…

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…

Political Commitment, Global Support Can Bring NTD Treatments To Those In Need

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Richard Hatzfeld, communications director at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, discusses a Kenyan family affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and “captured in a short video from END7, a campaign of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases.”…

July 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The July 2014 WHO Bulletin includes an editorial on eliminating polio, a news article on reinventing the toilet, and several research and policy papers on various topics (July 2014).

Health Care Costs In Afghanistan Force Many Further Into Poverty

IRIN: Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt “The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost…

Panel Of Experts Discusses Improving Prenatal Care In Developing Nations

Medill News Service/United Press International: Poor prenatal care driving change in developing nations “Contraception, health care coverage, abortion-rights debates — the dominating issues in the women’s health debate in the United States also resonate internationally, especially in developing countries and areas with low resources. … [A] panel Tuesday at the…

Quality As Important As Access In Universal Health Coverage

New England Journal of Medicine: Putting Quality on the Global Health Agenda Kirstin Scott and Ashish Jha of the Initiative on Global Health Quality in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health “…Universal health coverage has been proposed as a potential umbrella goal for…

UNITAID President Discusses Eradicating Extreme Poverty, Tackling AIDS

Euronews: UNITAID head on ending extreme poverty, tackling AIDS and innovative fund raising Euronews’s “The Global Conversation” interviews Philippe Douste-Blazy, former minister in the French government and president of UNITAID, on “eradicat[ing] extreme poverty and rais[ing] awareness of the need to tackle AIDS in the world’s poorest countries” (7/3).

Afghan Taliban Announces Polio Vaccination Ban In Southern Region

Wall Street Journal: Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination in Southern Province “The Afghan Taliban announced Monday a ban on polio vaccinations in a southern Afghan province, a move that sets back efforts to eradicate the crippling disease…” (Standcati, 7/7).

Public-Private Partnership Brings Drugs, Essential Medical Supplies To Remote Areas

Huffington Post: Going the Extra Mile for Health Wendy Taylor, director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at USAID, and Michael Goltzman, vice president of international government relations & public affairs at the CocaCola Company “…Five years ago, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria turned…