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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…

Effective Healthcare Requires Universal Access, Delivery In Addition To Research

In a SciDev.net opinion piece, Roger Williamson, an independent consultant and visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, examines what “the poorest billion need to improve ‘poor health.'” He highlights an article published by SciDev.net last week, which “reported that the WHO will decide…

Efforts Increasing To Treat Cancer In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

News outlets examine efforts to improve access to cancer treatments in Malawi and India. Financial Times: Cancer eclipsed as global donors focus on other diseases “…The international focus on HIV, malaria and tuberculosis — with billions of dollars spent annually under the umbrella of the UN Millennium Development Goals –…

MSF Brief Discusses Benefits, Accessibility Of Viral Load Monitoring In HIV Treatment

“…In December, [Médecins Sans Frontières], which examined potential ways to increase access to viral load testing in [a] previous report, released ‘How Low Can We Go?’ a preliminary brief exploring ways to reduce the costs of viral load testing. The organization will release a full report on findings from six…

Blog Looks At Global Fund’s Multi-Tier Pricing Framework

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s multi-tiered pricing framework for commodities, including comments from Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul and Suerie Moon of the Harvard Global Health Institute, as well as quotes from a commentary by…

Efforts Against HIV/AIDS Must Address ‘Stigma, Discrimination And Quality Of Care’

New York Times: The Missing Piece in the War on AIDS Ellie Feinglass, a health and human rights consultant in sub-Saharan Africa “Our strategy [against HIV/AIDS], if it is to be successful, must recognize that achieving universal access to care and treatment necessarily means addressing human rights barriers to health…

Health Experts, NGOs Encourage Use Of Midwives To Help Reduce India’s Maternal Mortality

New York Times India Ink: To Lower Maternal Deaths, India Urged to Reconsider Role of Midwives “… With more than 55,000 women in India dying from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications each year, health experts and non-governmental organizations are now pushing the government to re-incorporate midwives into the strained health care…

CSIS Releases Report On Global Access To Universal Health Coverage

A new Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) report, titled “Global Action toward Universal Health Coverage,” is now available online. The report examines the history of universal health coverage, its growing interest internationally, and the elements and obstacles of expanding coverage (Bristol, 1/9).