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‘Shocking’ HIV Rates Among Transgender Women Worldwide, WHO Report Co-Author Says

NPR: Transgender Women Face Inadequate Health Care, ‘Shocking’ HIV Rates “Transgender people are not getting adequate health care, and widespread discrimination is largely to blame, according to a recent World Health Organization report. And the story is told most starkly in the high rates of HIV among transgender women worldwide.…

UNAIDS Urges Trade Negotiators To Ensure Agreements Do Not Impede Access To Medicines

UNAIDS: UNAIDS calls on trade negotiators to uphold governments’ commitments to public health and access to medicines “…Various trade agreements are currently in negotiation and concerns have been expressed that they could involve so-called ‘TRIPS-plus’ measures such as broadening patentability criteria and extending patent duration. … If the global AIDS…

Yemen Humanitarian Operations Threatened By Air Strikes Targeting HCWs, Hospitals, MSF Warns; U.N. Food Aid Distribution Begins In Aden

The Guardian: Civilians and hospitals targeted in Yemen air strikes, warns medical charity “The ongoing air strikes and deliberate targeting of civilians and health workers in Yemen are jeopardizing humanitarian operations in the country, denying thousands of people basic medical care, the head of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned…”…

Vasectomy Should Be Routinely Available, Accessible In Low-Income Countries

The Lancet: The kindest cut: global need to increase vasectomy availability Roy Jacobstein, senior medical adviser at IntraHealth International “…Although vasectomy is simpler to perform, less invasive, safer, and more cost effective than female sterilization, less than one in 11 users of permanent methods in developing regions relies on vasectomy.…

Ethiopia Launches Grand Challenges Program Focused On MCH, Pastoralist Health, Early Childhood Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Welcome Grand Challenges Ethiopia Steven Buchsbaum, deputy director of discovery & translational sciences in the Global Health Program of the Gates Foundation, and Kedest Tesfagiorgis, a program officer with the same section, write about the launch of Grand Challenges Ethiopia, which will first…

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