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U.N. High-Level Panel On Access To Medicines Report Supports Compulsory Licensing For Life-Saving Drugs, More Government-Funded R&D

Financial Times: Poorer countries need rapid access to generic drugs, U.N. says “Poorer countries struggling to afford expensive life-altering drugs should be allowed to override pharmaceutical patents so they can access a cheaper supply of generic drugs, according to a U.N. report published on Wednesday. … According to a much-awaited…

Elimination Of Maternal, Neonatal Tetanus Possible With Improved Access To Care

Huffington Post: Reaching Mothers to Reach Children Folake Olayinka, Aspen New Voices fellow “…The occurrence of neonatal tetanus is a triple failure: of vaccination services, [antenatal care (ANC)], and obstetric care. Yet India has shown by its elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus that prevention, even in poorly served areas,…

Broken Medical Equipment In Low-Income Countries Represents Lack Of Local Health Worker Engagement In Donation Decision Process

NPR: Rage Against The Busted Medical Machines Nahid Bhadelia, infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center and director of infection control at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory “…When medical equipment breaks down in the developing world, it often stays broken. There are usually few supply chains to get replacement…

Devex Examines Challenges To, Strategies For Effective Health Markets

Devex: Taking the pulse of health markets: Challenges and strategies “…In this article, Devex explores what makes an effective health market, some of the challenges blocking market access in developing countries, and strategies that stakeholders can use to remove key barriers — from forming innovative partnerships, to developing markets, to…

Aid Agencies Call On Zimbabwe President Mugabe To Allow Fair Food Aid Distribution

The Guardian: Zimbabwe urged to put compassion before politics in distribution of food aid “Aid agencies have called on President Robert Mugabe’s government to look beyond political differences and prioritize humanitarian principles after the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission accused the ruling Zanu-PF party of partisan food aid distribution. The commission’s…

Supply Chains Need To Be Strengthened To Ensure Life-Saving Vaccines Reach Those In Need

Forbes: Are Vaccines Getting To Where They Need To Go? Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center, and director of operations research at the International Vaccine Access Center “…Without vaccine supply chains, vaccines cannot make it…

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