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Number Of Winter-Related Illnesses Rising In Northwest Pakistan, Doctors Report

Reuters: Doctors say health crisis growing in Pakistan’s remote northwest “Already enduring frequent attacks on militants by U.S. drone aircraft, a Taliban insurgency, sectarian violence and poverty, Pakistanis in the remote northwest face a new enemy: an unusually bitter winter. A growing number of cases of pneumonia, hypothermia and other…

Developing Nations Ask For Affordable Hepatitis C Drug

New York Times: Poor Nations Seek New Hepatitis C Drug “Now that wealthy nations have a simple pill regimen that can cure hepatitis C, calls are mounting from representatives of poor nations for the same drugs…” (McNeil, 2/10).

‘Grand Convergence,’ Strategic Investments In Health Are Critical For SDGs

LiveMint: Towards a single health goal K Srinath Reddy, president of the Public Health Foundation of India and a member of the Commission on Investing in Health “…The commission believes that infectious diseases, maternal and child health — which constitute the grand convergence — together with some key elements of…

Blog Examines Debate Surrounding High Cost Of Hepatitis C Drug

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes ongoing debate surrounding the high cost of a newly approved and highly effective treatment for Hepatitis C. “…[T]he drug shortens treatment for chronic hepatitis C from 48 weeks to 12, and offers a 90 percent cure rate, at more than…

Pulitzer Center Features Articles On Maternal Health Care In Guinea

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting features two articles on maternal health care in Guinea. Pulitzer Center: Guinea: Realities of Maternity Care “The West African nation of Guinea has some of the world’s highest rates of maternal and infant death. For families that can afford improved medical facilities and services…

Look To Global HIV Treatment Successes For Lessons On Hepatitis C

Washington Post: The global AIDS response can help in fighting hepatitis C Paul Farmer, a professor at Harvard University, an infectious disease physician with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a co-founder of Partners in Health “…Smart investments in accurate diagnosis and in effective therapy for hepatitis C…

Australia Stands With S. Africa In Defense Of TRIPS Flexibilities

Huffington Post: Unlikely Allies Sandeep Kishore, chair of the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, and Kavitha Kolappa, a psychiatry resident at Massachusetts General/McLean Program “The recent Executive Board proceedings of the World Health Organization (January 20-25, 2014) provided new ground for unlikely allies South Africa and…

Cameroon To Regulate Illegal Clinics In Effort To Address Health Care Crisis

NPR: As Health Crisis Looms, Cameroon Cracks Down On Illegal Clinics “…Cameroon is tackling a health care crisis. … But public health care is too expensive, or simply not available, for many families. So they’ve turned to unauthorized clinics for care. … [However,] the government sees these private, unauthorized facilities…

Greek Financial Crisis Affecting Country’s Health Care System, Study Shows

News sources report on a study published in The Lancet detailing how Greece’s financial crisis is impacting health care in the country. Associated Press/Washington Post: Greek financial crisis tied to worsening health “Researchers say they have found new evidence that Greece’s financial crisis is taking a toll on the health…