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‘Grand Convergence,’ Strategic Investments In Health Are Critical For SDGs

LiveMint: Towards a single health goal K Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India and a member of the Commission on Investing in Health “…The commission believes that infectious diseases, maternal and child health — which constitute the grand convergence — together with some key elements of…

Blog Examines Debate Surrounding High Cost Of Hepatitis C Drug

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes ongoing debate surrounding the high cost of a newly approved and highly effective treatment for Hepatitis C. “…[T]he drug shortens treatment for chronic hepatitis C from 48 weeks to 12, and offers a 90 percent cure rate, at more than…

Pulitzer Center Features Articles On Maternal Health Care In Guinea

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting features two articles on maternal health care in Guinea. Pulitzer Center: Guinea: Realities of Maternity Care “The West African nation of Guinea has some of the world’s highest rates of maternal and infant death. For families that can afford improved medical facilities and services…

Look To Global HIV Treatment Successes For Lessons On Hepatitis C

Washington Post: The global AIDS response can help in fighting hepatitis C Paul Farmer, a professor at Harvard University, an infectious disease physician with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a co-founder of Partners in Health “…Smart investments in accurate diagnosis and in effective therapy for hepatitis C…

Australia Stands With S. Africa In Defense Of TRIPS Flexibilities

Huffington Post: Unlikely Allies Sandeep Kishore, chair of the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, and Kavitha Kolappa, a psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General/McLean Program “The recent Executive Board proceedings of the World Health Organization (January 20-25, 2014) provided new ground for unlikely allies South Africa and…

Xinhua Highlights Several Reports Examining Maternal Health Promotion In Asia

Xinhua: News Analysis: Developing Asia still grapples with high maternal mortality rate “Ensuring women’s access to family planning education and services will slash high maternal mortality incidence and sustain the gains achieved in promoting maternal health in developing Asia, health experts said…” (Sarmiento, 1/31).

New World Bank Publication Examines UHC Efforts In 24 Developing Countries

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Going universal: 24 countries and the “how” of universal health coverage Daniel Cotlear, task manager of the Universal Health Coverage Support Program (UNICO) and editor of the Universal Health Coverage Studies Series, discusses a new World Bank publication on universal health coverage (UHC) efforts and describes…

Ugandan Program For Lake Victoria Fishermen Employs ‘Test And Treat’ HIV Strategy

The Guardian: Uganda’s test and treat HIV program hauls in fishermen of Lake Victoria “…Anyone living [in Uganda’s Ssese Islands] who is diagnosed with HIV immediately receives [antiretroviral therapy (ART)] — a process known as ‘test and treat.’ The policy puts Uganda on track toward World Health Organization recommendations released…

MSF Calls For Fact-Finding Mission Under Geneva Convention Protocols To Investigate Kunduz Hospital Bombing

News outlets report on a speech given Wednesday in Geneva by Médecins Sans Frontières International President Joanne Liu, in which she called for an International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to investigate the bombing of the group’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Associated Press: Aid group seeks fact-finding mission over Kunduz strike “Doctors…

Syrian Children Need Access To Medical, Mental Health Care, Education, Panel Participants State

Global Health NOW: Syria’s Lost Generation “Syrian children risk becoming a ‘lost generation’ if they don’t receive medical care, psychological support, and education, according to representatives of groups grappling with how to protect children displaced by the Syrian civil war. … Speaking at a panel discussion Monday at Yale University,…

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