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Blog Post Examines Data On Health Care Access In Africa

Humanosphere: Visualizing health care access, equity, and bottlenecks across the world In a guest post, Amy VanderZanden, a communications data specialist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), discusses the Access, Bottlenecks, Costs, and Equity (ABCE) project, led by IHME and collaborators in Ghana, Kenya,…

Maternal Mortality Continues To Plague Zimbabwe

Inter Press Service: Dying in Childbirth Still a National Trend in Zimbabwe “…An estimated 3,000 women die every year in Zimbabwe during childbirth and at least 1.23 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) is lost annually due to maternal complications, according to Maternal Mortality in Zimbabwe, a United Nations issue…

Myanmar, World Bank Sign Agreement To Improve Access To MNCH Care

World Bank: Helping Myanmar Advance towards Universal Health Coverage: Maternal and Child Healthcare to Expand with New World Bank Financing “The Government of Myanmar today signed a new agreement with the World Bank to bring improved maternal, newborn, and child health care to millions of mothers and their young children.…

Conflict Threatens South Sudan’s Development Gains

VOA News: South Sudan Crisis Threatens Development “…The South Sudanese government announced big plans to begin providing services for its own people after the country won independence in 2011, but the current conflict has changed all that. In December last year, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his…

Devex #HealthyMeans Opinion Pieces Address Global Health Challenges, Opportunities

Devex: How to help us live longer — and better — lives Catherine Cheney, special projects editor at NationSwell Devex: Good for health, good for business Claire Hitchcock, director for community partnerships in GSK’s global health programs team, and Peter Muchiri Ngatia, director of capacity building at AMREF Health Africa…

Al Jazeera Highlights Documentary On HIV Treatment Access In Developing Countries

Al Jazeera: Fire in the Blood Al Jazeera highlights the documentary film “Fire in the Blood,” which addresses “the challenges NGOs, doctors, and activists face in their fight against big pharma and patent laws that prevent millions of HIV/AIDS patients in the developing world from accessing lifesaving drugs…” The film…

Rapid Economic Growth Not Spurring Increase In African Health Care Spending

Los Angeles Times: African health spending lags despite rapid economic growth “…Ebola has focused attention on the inability of local [African] health systems to contain a major disease outbreak. But even in African nations untouched by the epidemic, health systems are struggling with insufficient financing and poor organization. That is…