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Health Services ‘On Verge Of Collapse’ In Gaza, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: U.N. warns of ‘rapidly unfolding’ health disaster in Gaza “Weeks of intense fighting has left medical services and facilities in the Gaza Strip ‘on the verge of collapse,’ according to senior United Nations officials in the region who today warned that a health disaster of widespread proportions…

Ethiopia’s Decriminalization Of Abortion Helping To Reduce Maternal Deaths

IRIN: Ethiopia’s game-changing abortion law “After decades battling high maternal death rates — at least a third of which were due to botched abortions — Ethiopia took a stand: it prioritized newborn and maternal health, and in 2005 it relaxed its abortion law in an effort to save women’s lives.…

Economic Crisis In Zimbabwe ‘Severely Affecting’ Country’s Health System

IRIN: Zimbabwe’s health system in crisis “Zimbabwe’s deepening economic crisis is severely affecting the government’s ability to fund public health delivery and restricting poor people’s access to health care, economists, government officials, and health experts agree…” (8/11).

Ukraine Faces Worsening Health Care Conditions Amid Conflict, Experts Warn

Media outlets discuss Ukraine’s worsening health care conditions amid conflict. Inter Press Service: TB Epidemic Threat Hangs Over Ukraine Conflict “Doctors are warning of a worsening tuberculosis epidemic in Eastern Ukraine as the continuing conflict there begins to take a heavy toll on public health…” (Stracansky, 8/17). U.N. News Centre:…

Oxfam America Report Examines World Bank’s Investments In For-Profit Health In Africa

Huffington Post: World Bank Group’s For-profit Health Investments Fail to Reduce Inequality in Access to Health Care Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America “…In [World Bank] President Jim Kim’s own words, ‘achieving universal health coverage and equity in health are central to reaching the [Bank's] global goals to end extreme…

Gilead To License HCV Drug In Bid To Improve Access In Lower-Income Countries

News outlets report on Gilead’s agreement with Indian generic drugmakers to allow production of its hepatitis C medication. Financial Times: Gilead in deal with India labs to produce Sovaldi “Gilead Sciences will allow seven large Indian generic drug producers to make and sell its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi in…

More HCWs, Better Quality Care Needed To End Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: Why We Should Judge the World on the Health of Women Jim Campbell, executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance “…Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural, and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and…

Small Ebola Clinic Opens In Rural Liberian County With 183 Documented Cases

Washington Post: The tiny Ebola clinic that offers a ray of hope for rural Liberia “…The Bong Ebola Treatment Unit is a modest collection of blue tents, connected by gravel paths, near the site of a former leper colony. But when the camp opened Monday, it provided the first 10…