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U.N. Officials Call On Warring Parties In Syria To Allow Unfettered Humanitarian Aid Access

Media outlets report on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria. Foreign Policy: Syria’s War on Medicine “…Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict, the Syrian government has conducted a multi-pronged assault on the country’s medical system, targeting doctors suspected of treating its opponents, bombing hospitals, clinics and blood banks in…

IntraHealth-Led Projects Helping To Improve Health Care Workplaces

In a post on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Sarah Dwyer, communications manager for IntraHealth International, profiles Agnes Masagwayi, a senior clinical health officer in Mbale District, Uganda, and highlights efforts by two USAID-supported IntraHealth projects that are helping “to strengthen district-level health workforce leadership and…

WHO Releases Hepatitis C Treatment Guidelines Amid Calls For Lower Cost Treatment

Media sources report on the WHO’s first-ever hepatitis C treatment guidelines and increased efforts to lower the cost of the most effective treatments. Financial Times: Price of hepatitis C drug attacked “Gilead Sciences is facing mounting pressure over its new $1,000-a-day hepatitis C drug after the World Health Organization joined…

Some Countries Win Lower Pricing For Hepatitis C Treatment; Pharma Defends High Cost

News outlets report on developments surrounding the pricing of Gilead’s hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi. Bloomberg News: Developing Countries Pay 1% of U.S. Price for Gilead’s Sovaldi “Developing countries such as Egypt, India, and Brazil won discounts to pay one percent of the $84,000 price Gilead Sciences Inc. is charging U.S.…

High-Level Panel Discusses Importance Of Universal Health Care In Development Framework

Devex: New high-level support for universal health coverage “World Bank President Jim Kim convened an impressive panel on the sidelines of the bank’s spring meetings on Friday to lend their voices to the growing chorus of support for a global goal for universal health coverage by 2030. United Nations Secretary-General…

Gates Foundation’s Stance On UHC Is Ambiguous, Blog Suggests

Writing in Humanosphere, Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist of the blog, discusses the ambiguity of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s stance on universal health coverage. Paulson writes, “The Gates Foundation, despite its claim to have no position, is seen by many as skeptical of making universal health coverage…

Public Health Advocates Seek Lower Prices For Hepatitis C Treatments

Nature: Hepatitis C drugs not reaching poor “…Three decades after wrestling to lower the cost of AIDS drugs (prices fell from about US$10,000 per patient per year in the 1990s to less than $100 in the mid-2000s), [public health researchers] are once again asking how expensive life-saving medicines can be…

Children Receive Less Effective Diarrhea Care In Private Sub-Saharan African Hospitals

“Children in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer from diarrhea are receiving lifesaving treatment at a lower rate when visiting private hospitals as compared to public ones. Closing that gap would save an estimated 20,000 lives each year,” development blogger Tom Murphy writes in a post on Humanosphere. Murphy examines the findings…

Motorbike Couriers Speed Lab Sample Delivery In Malawi

Owen Nyaka, a member of the Key Correspondents Network supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, writes in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog about how the “Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) plans to work with motorcycle couriers Riders for Health to expand the laboratory samples transportation…

Achieving Health Equity Requires Joint Action

Huffington Post: The War Against Health Inequity Jennifer Kamara, director at World Health Equity “…[T]o address the question, ‘What can you do about this health inequity?’ the answer is simply to join the movement in whichever way you can. Your passion needn’t be mature, and you needn’t have experience in…

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