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Novel Financing Mechanisms Needed To Improve Access To Multidrug-Resistant TB Treatment

PLOS Medicine: Global Financing and Long-Term Technical Assistance for Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Scaling Up Access to Treatment Thomas Hwang of Harvard University and the Blackstone Group, and Salmaan Keshavjee of Harvard University and Partners in Health, explore issues surrounding scaling up access to treatment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, including novel financing structures…

Flooding Damages Hospitals In Kashmir, Worsening Health Crisis

New York Times: Hospitals in Kashmir Struggle After Flooding, Deepening a Health Crisis “…In the aftermath of the powerful floods that hit Kashmir early this month, the area is in the midst of a health crisis. Much of the region depends on the premier hospitals in Srinagar, the summer capital…

PLOS Medicine Launches Collection On Universal Health Coverage

PLOS Medicine: The PLOS “Monitoring Universal Health Coverage” Collection: Managing Expectations Editorial Board “This week, PLOS Medicine publishes the PLOS Collection ‘Monitoring Universal Health Coverage,’ launched on September 22nd at the Rockefeller Foundation as a side event of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. … As illustrated…

Small Ebola Clinic Opens In Rural Liberian County With 183 Documented Cases

Washington Post: The tiny Ebola clinic that offers a ray of hope for rural Liberia “…The Bong Ebola Treatment Unit is a modest collection of blue tents, connected by gravel paths, near the site of a former leper colony. But when the camp opened Monday, it provided the first 10…

Gilead To License HCV Drug In Bid To Improve Access In Lower-Income Countries

News outlets report on Gilead’s agreement with Indian generic drugmakers to allow production of its hepatitis C medication. Financial Times: Gilead in deal with India labs to produce Sovaldi “Gilead Sciences will allow seven large Indian generic drug producers to make and sell its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi in…

More HCWs, Better Quality Care Needed To End Maternal Mortality

Huffington Post: Why We Should Judge the World on the Health of Women Jim Campbell, executive director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance “…Tackling maternal mortality may seem like a daunting challenge: a complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural, and health system factors conspire to determine life-threatening delays in seeking and…

Oxfam America Report Examines World Bank’s Investments In For-Profit Health In Africa

Huffington Post: World Bank Group’s For-profit Health Investments Fail to Reduce Inequality in Access to Health Care Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America “…In [World Bank] President Jim Kim’s own words, ‘achieving universal health coverage and equity in health are central to reaching the [Bank's] global goals to end extreme…

Access To Contraception Controversial In Philippines Amid Growing Population

PBS NewsHour: Amid population explosion, birth control access roils the Philippines “In the Philippines, amid a population explosion and staggering birth rate, caused partly by limited access to contraception or family planning advice, NewsHour Special Correspondent Mark Litke follows mothers and newborns from one of the busiest maternity wards in…