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Indonesia Must Make Expensive Changes To Lower Maternal, Child Mortality, Report Says

New York Times: Indonesia Urged to Spend to Make Birth Less Risky “If Indonesia wants to better its ‘embarrassingly suboptimal performance’ in deaths of newborns and their mothers, it will have to make far-reaching and expensive changes in its health care system, American and Indonesian experts say in a new…

News Outlets Discuss Challenges To Providing Health Care, Aid In Afghanistan

The New York Times reports on Médecins Sans Frontières’ findings on health care in Afghanistan, while Devex features an interview with USAID Assistant Administrator Larry Sampler, who discusses U.S. aid to the country. New York Times: Aid Group Sees Daunting Obstacles to Health Care for Afghans “The patients in the…

Western Countries Continue To React To Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law

News outlets continue to report on reactions to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, signed into law this week by President Yoweri Museveni. Associated Press: Uganda health minister: Gays will still get care “…Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected…

New Report Explores Equity And Universal Health Coverage

“Together with UNICEF, WHO, and Save the Children, the Rockefeller Foundation is formally launching ‘Universal Health Coverage: A Commitment to Close the Gap,’ a report [.pdf] that serves to reframe the focus of universal health coverage (UHC) so that equity is the lens through which all future efforts towards achieving…

Minority Groups Suffer Worse Health Outcomes Than Rest Of Population, Report Says

“Minority groups suffer worse health outcomes than the rest of the population, according to a new report published by Minority Rights Group International (MRG)” last week, IRIN reports. The report, “State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2013, released to coincide with the U.N. General Assembly meeting on the…

Open Society Foundations Releases Briefings On Findings From HIV, Law Commission

The Open Society Foundations this week released several briefing papers highlighting findings by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in its report ‘HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights, and Health.’ Issues covered include women living with HIV, transgender people, sex workers, people who use drugs, people living with HIV,…

USAID Program Assists Delivery Of Contraceptives To Rural Nigeria

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Emmanuel Ogwuche, senior logistics adviser and manager of the agency’s Direct Delivery and Information Capture (DDIC) system, examines what it takes to deliver contraceptives to people in rural Nigeria through USAID’s Deliver Project. “Through DDIC, the project currently delivers 24 public health commodities, including…

IRIN Examines Controversy Over Definition Of Counterfeit Medicines

IRIN examines controversy over what should be defined as counterfeit drugs, writing, “There is no dispute over the dangers that fake medicines pose,” but “international agreement over how to deal with fake medicines has been elusive, with discussions getting bogged down over exactly what kinds of drugs should be targeted.”…

IRIN Examines Damage Done To Mali’s Health Care System During 2012 Coup

“Health care has been severely impaired throughout northern Mali, where the militant Islamists seized key towns during the” country’s March 2012 coup, IRIN reports, adding, “The rebels were ousted by French forces in January, but recovery of the sector has been slow.” The news service examines how the fighting affected…