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The Guardian Examines GAVI Mid-Term Review, Ongoing Meeting

The Guardian examines the GAVI Alliance’s 2013 Mid-Term Review report, which “says [the group] is on track to enable developing countries to immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, but acknowledges that it needs to improve on equity.” GAVI “will assess its progress in Stockholm, Sweden, on…

‘Urgent Need’ To Overcome Barriers To HPV Vaccination

“After just one year, Rwanda reported vaccinating more than 93 percent of its adolescent girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV) — by far the largest cause of cervical cancer,” GAVI Alliance Chief Executive Officer Seth Berkley writes in a Project Syndicate opinion piece, noting, “Vaccine coverage in the world’s richest…

USAID MCHIP’s Estimation Tool Helps Evaluate Programs Addressing Postpartum Hemorrhage

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Susan Moffson, senior program officer of the agency’s Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) program, examines a partnership with the Directorate of Health Services in Jharkhand state in India “to pilot an innovative approach for estimating the number of women who use a…

Cameroon Facing Malaria Outbreak, ARV Shortages

“Nearly 800 people have died in a recent malaria outbreak in northern Cameroon, one described by public health officials as ‘a severe and sudden epidemic,'” CNN reports. “Doctors treating more than 12,000 victims of the disease say those who died in the past three weeks were mostly young children and…

To Improve Women’s Access To Health, Improve Women’s Education

“When talking about improving health care, it is paramount that local traditions and customs are taken into account,” Edna Adan Ismail, a nurse-midwife, U.N. diplomat, and former Foreign Minister of Somaliland, writes in a Thomson Reuters Foundation opinion piece. “In some cultures, including mine, women — for example — cannot…

Myanmar Clinic Operations Threatened As Australia Plans To Withdraw Funding, Devex Reports

Devex examines how “the Australian government’s decision to cut the foreign aid budget and integrate AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade” is threatening to close “the award-winning Mae Tao Clinic on the Myanmar-Thailand border, established in 1989 to provide health services to thousands of refugees … if…

Bangladeshi Government Working To Rid Markets Of Fake, Substandard Medicines

“Despite a backlash to its recent crackdown on the sale of counterfeit medicines in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, the government has vowed to continue fighting the growing industry of illicit, substandard, counterfeit and life-endangering medicines,” IRIN reports. The article describes a September government seizure of “fake, substandard and unauthorized medicine” in…

Community Health Workers Vital To Service Delivery

Noting a global focus on frontline health workers at recent conferences, including the upcoming Global Forum on Human Resources for Health that starts in Brazil on Sunday, Helen Morton, head of communications and external affairs at Cochrane, writes in The Guardian’s “Global Development Professionals Network” blog, “A new review from…