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MSF Officials Discuss Organization’s Withdrawal From Somalia

In the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Unni Karunakara, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) international president from June 2010 through September 2013, and Jean-Christophe Dollé, MSF representative to Somalia since June 2013, “describe the challenges faced by Médecins Sans Frontières’ TB program as the organization withdrew from Somalia in response to…

Afghanistan IG Finds Delays, Overpayments On USAID-Supported Hospital Construction Project

“A U.S.-funded effort to build a 100-bed civilian hospital in eastern Afghanistan has fallen almost two years behind its planned completion because of poor contractor performance and deficient internal controls, according to an inspector general’s audit [.pdf],” Bloomberg reports (Capaccio, 10/23). “The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said…

Capitol Hill Briefings Examine Health Inequities, Cholera In LAC

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ (NTDs) “End the Neglect” blog describes two Capitol Hill briefings held last week “discussing the regional inequities in health and the cholera epidemic” in Latin America. According to the blog, a briefing titled “‘Public Health in Latin America’ was hosted by Representative Sam Farr…

More Than 1M Babies Die On Their First Day Of Life, Save The Children Reports

News outlets report on the new Save the Children report, titled “Ending Newborn Deaths” (.pdf). ABC News Australia: Developing nations urged to support mothers giving birth “The charity Save the Children is calling on health ministers in developing countries to provide more support to mothers as it delivers a report…

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…

Hepatitis C Drugs Should Be More Accessible For World’s Poorest

The Guardian: Hepatitis C medicines must be made accessible faster than HIV drugs were Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID and special adviser to the U.N. secretary general on innovative financing “… Until recently, the only cure for hepatitis C involved an expensive combination of injections and tablets that lasted a…