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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).

Ensuring Access To Health Care Is ‘Core Component’ Of Women’s Human Rights

“A core component of women’s rights is ensuring that all women — regardless of religion, nationality, or income level — have access to quality health care,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) writes in the Huffington Post’s “Women” blog. “Recognizing the key link between health care for mothers and the impact on…

Ethiopia Is ‘A Family Planning Success Story’

“Over the last two decades, Ethiopia has become a family planning success story, one of only a handful of countries in Africa to achieve that status,” David Olson, a global development communications consultant, and Andrew Piller, country director of DKT Ethiopia, write in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient…

Ministers Fail To Reach Agreement On TPP; Set To Meet Again In January

“Ministers in Trans-Pacific trade talks said on Tuesday they had made ‘substantial progress’ during a four-day meeting in Singapore but have not reached a final agreement and will meet again next month,” Reuters reports (12/10). “The 12 ministers working on the Trans-Pacific Partnership said they had found potential ‘landing zones’…

Aid Workers Warn Of Worsening Humanitarian Crisis In CAR

“Aid workers warned Thursday of a looming humanitarian crisis in the Central African capital as tens of thousands of residents desperate for protection slept rough near a French army base in Bangui,” Agence France-Presse reports. “But as some districts of the capital returned to a semblance of normality,” following the…

World Bank’s Kim Advocates For Universal Health Coverage

The Center for Global Health Policy “Science Speaks” blog summarizes a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event in which World Bank President Jim Kim advocated for universal health coverage, saying increased access to HIV treatments has helped show it is possible to achieve. “The successes and lessons from…

Sharp Divide In Support Of South Africa’s Intellectual Property Reforms

Times of India: Access to medicines issue splits the world, developing vs developed “The recently concluded meeting of the World Health Organization’s executive board saw a sharp divide between developing and developed countries on the issue of South Africa’s reforms of its intellectual property laws to enable affordable access to…

Xinhua Highlights Several Reports Examining Maternal Health Promotion In Asia

Xinhua: News Analysis: Developing Asia still grapples with high maternal mortality rate “Ensuring women’s access to family planning education and services will slash high maternal mortality incidence and sustain the gains achieved in promoting maternal health in developing Asia, health experts said…” (Sarmiento, 1/31).

Public Funds Majority Of Medicines R&D, Must Hold Drug Companies Accountable

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Equality, Big Pharma and lifesaving medicine John Butler, a consultant and global public health expert, and Brian Wahl, a doctoral student studying epidemiology and disease control at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health “…Governments and civil society must again unite behind the simple idea that everyone…