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Nationwide Condom Shortage Affects India’s HIV Prevention Efforts

LiveMint: Shortage of condoms hits govt’s AIDS prevention program “A nationwide shortage of government-supplied condoms has affected two key programs of the health ministry [in India] — human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and family planning. What compounds matters is the size of funds needed to address the shortage…” (Krishnan, 5/12).

Brazil’s Dengue Outbreak Highlights Issues Within National Health Care System

Reuters: Brazil dengue outbreak exposes tough challenge for Rousseff “An epidemic of dengue fever is fanning public anger over what Brazilians say is President Dilma Rousseff’s biggest challenge — the sad state of the national health care system. … Health Minister Arthur Chioro has blamed the outbreak in part on…

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement In Current Form Would Negatively Impact Global Health

Health Affairs Blog: The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Threat To Global Health? Deane Marchbein, president of the Doctors Without Borders USA Board of Directors, writes, “Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) … [is] deeply concerned that the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)], in its current form, will lock-in high, unsustainable drug prices, block…

SDGs Must Prioritize Key Populations In Universal Health Care Targets

Huffington Post: New Development Goal Falls Short of Protecting Those Most at Risk David J. Olson, global health communications expert “…[T]he language currently proposed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) falls short of prioritizing the most marginalized and vulnerable groups … Unfortunately, the UHC target and indicators do not meet…

Reliable Data, Robust Health Systems Vital To Preventing Outbreaks, Stopping Malaria

Devex: Lessons from Ebola can help with malaria fight Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation and general manager of public and government affairs for Exxon Mobil Corp. “…Critical lessons from the Ebola outbreak identified by the World Health Organization — including the urgency of responding at the first signs…