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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).

Stigma Remains Barrier To HIV Treatment For Sex Workers In Myanmar

IRIN: Push to decriminalize sex work, but stigma remains In Myanmar, “[d]espite a decreasing prevalence of HIV/AIDS among commercial sex workers, health workers say the stigma associated with prostitution and the harsh laws against it are undermining sex workers’ access to HIV-related services…” (1/14).

Activists, NGOs React To Nigerian Law Criminalizing Same-Sex Marriage, Relationships

News outlets summarize the response of activists, experts, and non-governmental organizations to a new law in Nigeria outlawing same-sex marriage and relationships, as well as membership in gay rights groups. Agence France-Presse: Same-sex ban ‘legalizes’ homophobic violence: gay Nigerians “Gay activists on Tuesday vowed to fight the Nigerian government after…

World Bank’s Kim Says Health Care Is A Human Right

Bloomberg News: World Bank’s Kim Says Health Care ‘Is a Right for Everyone’ “Health care is a human right that all nations should seek to provide for everyone to help foster economic growth and political stability, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said. ‘Health care is a right for everyone,…

Better Funding Needed For WHO Prequalification Of Medicines Program, Experts Say

The Guardian: Better funding call for vital drug approval program In her Global Health Blog for The Guardian, Sarah Boseley discusses a recently published article examining “[t]he prequalification of medicines program (PQP) of the WHO, launched in 2001, [which] was set up to assess the quality of the generic medicines…

Investments In Women’s, Children’s Health Yield Success; Youth Should Drive Post-2015 Agenda

Devex: Large returns from small investments in women’s, children’s health Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund “…The Global Investment Framework for Women’s and Children’s Health — supported by the U.N. Population Fund, the World Health Organization and other partners — shows that small investments in women’s and…

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