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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…

South Africa, Drug Companies Spar Over Intellectual Property Laws

Reuters: South Africa slams Big Pharma in generic drugs row “South Africa on Friday slammed global drug firms over a covert campaign against its planned overhaul of intellectual property laws to favor cheaper generic drugs, accusing pharmaceutical companies of a ‘satanic’ plot to commit ‘genocide.’ … South Africa is in…

Grand Convergence ‘Provides Opportunity For Unity’ In Global Health

The Lancet: Grand convergence: a future sustainable development goal? “…Here is the case for grand convergence as a [sustainable development goal (SDG)]. A paralyzing weakness in the global health community is the rivalry between diseases. The ‘my disease is more important than your disease’ culture dissipates energy that should be…

Sustained Peace In South Sudan Critical For Guinea Worm Eradication

Huffington Post: The World’s Youngest Country and a Very Old Disease: South Sudan Proves Guinea Worm Can Be Defeated With Return to Peace Donald Hopkins, vice president for health programs at the Carter Center “…[T]his past year, the [South Sudanese] national program reported a 99 percent reduction in [Guinea worm]…

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…

Blog Examines Public Health Impacts Of Mental Health Disorders In Africa

Global Health Africa: Responding to the Needs of the Vulnerable: The State of Mental Health Care in Africa Diana Kingsbury, an instructor at Kent State University and a blog contributor, discusses the impacts of mental health and substance use disorders on public health systems in Africa (5/18).

Denial Of Access To Maternal Care In Myanmar ‘Is A Human Rights Violation’

New York Times: The Waiting Game Nicole Sganga, contributor “…Myanmar confines many of the Rohingya Muslim minority to closed camps and largely denies them adequate medical care. … Being denied access to proper maternal care is a human rights violation that deserves notice — and redress. … If we’re going…

World Health Assembly, Side Events Address Smallpox Stocks, Access To Medicines

Media outlets report on the ongoing World Health Assembly meeting and associated side events. Intellectual Property Watch: BRICS Ministers Join Forces For Access To Medicines “At a side event to the opening of the 2014 World Health Assembly, strong statements were made by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South…

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