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Strong Patent Protections Under TPP Would Allow Increased Drug Access In LMICs

Forbes: Intellectual Property Rights For Global Health John R. Graham, senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Independent Institute “…Unfortunately, attacking patents is a misguided way to improve access to medicines in low- and middle-income [countries]. Although it is a counter-intuitive conclusion, strong patent rights are…

Global Surgical Shortage Contributes To One-Third Of All Deaths Worldwide, Report Says

New York Times: Routine Surgeries Could Save Millions of Lives, if They Were Available “Millions of people worldwide die from appendicitis, obstructed labor, compound fractures, and other treatable conditions for lack of routine surgeries, according to a report released Sunday. Because too few surgeons and anesthetists practice in most poor…

U.N. Report Reveals Health Care Disparities Between Rural, Urban Populations

U.N. News Centre: New U.N. report finds bulk of world’s rural populations excluded from health care access “The majority of the world’s rural populations continue to live and work without essential health care services, in stark contrast to their urban-dwelling counterparts, according to a new report released [Monday] by the…

Poverty Index Tool Could Be Used To Evaluate SDG Progress, Researcher Says

SciDev.Net: Existing poverty index ‘ideal for assessing the SDGs’ “The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index, which is a tool for measuring acute poverty, … gathers information on education, health, and living standards for 5.4 billion people from 110 developing countries and uses it to assess the scale and distribution of poverty.…

International Community Must Invest More In Vaccines, Reduce Gaps In Access

Huffington Post: The Steps It Will Take to Get Every Child Vaccinated Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…The global health community must work together in three major ways to reach our immunization targets. We must ensure that vaccine supplies are affordable and…

USAID Adviser Discusses Oxytocin Procurement In Developing Countries

Maternal Health Task Force’s “MHTF Blog”: What we must do to get oxytocin to the women who need it Helen Petach, senior MCH science adviser at USAID, discusses the need for “quality-assured oxytocin [as] a key commodity in national procurements” and other “key focus areas [that] might include highly effective…

In Current Form, TPP Could Fundamentally Harm U.S. Global Health Initiatives, Patients

The Hill: Don’t forget consumers and patients in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Nancy LeaMond, AARP’s chief advocacy and engagement officer, and Sophie Delaunay, executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), USA “…Today, AARP and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) express our deep concerns about the TPP’s impact on…