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Efforts Underway To Lower Cost Of New Hepatitis C Drug

Two Reuters articles discuss efforts to lower the cost of a new hepatitis C treatment. Reuters: Gilead aims to license hepatitis C drug to 3-4 Indian firms “Gilead Sciences aims to license its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi to three or four Indian generic manufacturers to allow sales of the…

Investments In Health Workforce Capacity Critical To Tackle NCDs

Huffington Post: Tackling NCDs Effectively Will Require More Health Workers Jeffrey Sturchio and Louis Galambos, co-authors of “Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing Gaps in Global Policy and Research,” and Tina Flores, director at Rabin Martin “… In recognition of World Health Worker Week, we call on everyone to…

IntraHealth-Led Projects Helping To Improve Health Care Workplaces

In a post on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sarah Dwyer, communications manager for IntraHealth International, profiles Agnes Masagwayi, a senior clinical health officer in Mbale District, Uganda, and highlights efforts by two USAID-supported IntraHealth projects that are helping “to strengthen district-level health workforce leadership and…

WHO Releases Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines Amid Calls For Lower Cost Treatment

Media sources report on the WHO’s first-ever hepatitis C treatment guidelines and increased efforts to lower the cost of the most effective treatments. Financial Times: Price of hepatitis C drug attacked “Gilead Sciences is facing mounting pressure over its new $1,000-a-day hepatitis C drug after the World Health Organization joined…

U.N. Officials Call On Warring Parties In Syria To Allow Unfettered Humanitarian Aid Access

Media outlets report on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria. Foreign Policy: Syria’s War on Medicine “…Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, the Syrian government has conducted a multi-pronged assault on the country’s medical system, targeting doctors suspected of treating its opponents, bombing hospitals, clinics and blood banks in…

J&J Announces Collaboration With Stop TB Partnership To Improve Access To TB Drug

Media sources report on efforts by Johnson & Johnson to improve access to Sirturo, its medication for drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Bloomberg News: J&J Eases Access for Tuberculosis Drug in Poor Nations “Johnson & Johnson is taking steps to ensure Sirturo, its medicine for people with drug-resistant tuberculosis, is available and…

Pulitzer Center Report Examines Health Care In India

Pulizter Center on Crisis Reporting: India’s Health Care Crisis “Journalist Michael Edison Hayden and photojournalist Sami Siva report on a broad cross-section of urban and rural health care issues in West Bengal, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh, including the routine discrimination against patients with HIV/AIDS in state hospitals, a promising public…

Global Health Product Development Forum Shows ‘Tremendous Progress’ In Field

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the foundation, shares his reflections on the 2014 Global Health Product Development Forum, which took place last week in Seattle. Mundel notes, “This year’s forum — and the many productive meetings that took…

Survey Shows Widespread Support For Public Health Efforts In Africa

The Pew Research Global Attitudes Project blog reports on new survey data showing “[c]oncerns about public health are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, and there is considerable support in the region for making public health challenges a top national priority. In particular, people want their governments to improve the quality of…

NEJM Features Articles On Global Health Issues

The New England Journal of Medicine features several pieces on global health in its current issue. In an editorial, David Hunter of Harvard School of Public Health and Harvey Fineberg of the Institute of Medicine discuss “five major forces and trends suggesting that as the 21st century progresses, a global…