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Quality As Important As Access In Universal Health Coverage

New England Journal of Medicine: Putting Quality on the Global Health Agenda Kirstin Scott and Ashish Jha of the Initiative on Global Health Quality in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health “…Universal health coverage has been proposed as a potential umbrella goal for…

Panel Of Experts Discusses Improving Prenatal Care In Developing Nations

Medill News Service/United Press International: Poor prenatal care driving change in developing nations “Contraception, health care coverage, abortion-rights debates — the dominating issues in the women’s health debate in the United States also resonate internationally, especially in developing countries and areas with low resources. … [A] panel Tuesday at the…

Health Care Costs In Afghanistan Force Many Further Into Poverty

IRIN: Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt “The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost…

July 2014 Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

WHO: Bulletin of the World Health Organization The July 2014 WHO Bulletin includes an editorial on eliminating polio, a news article on reinventing the toilet, and several research and policy papers on various topics (July 2014).

Bangladesh Aims To Improve Maternal Health With Text, Voice Messages

IRIN: Text and voice messages help close Bangladesh health gap “Bangladesh is moving to boost maternal health services in poorly served rural areas by targeting voice and text messages at expectant and pregnant mothers and their families. The aim is to educate and support mothers in places where health services…

‘Unsung Heroes’ Provide Hope For Children In War-Torn CAR

CNN: Why children in Central African Republic should matter to us all Mia Farrow, UNICEF goodwill ambassador “…Within Central African Republic, every system has crumbled. Malnutrition and disease stalk children. … Yet in the midst of this grim scenario, there are unsung heroes: Doctors and health workers are risking their…

WHO, African Health Officials Meet To Discuss Improving Access To Essential Medicines

VOA News: African Health Officials Seek to Improve Access to Essential Medicine “The World Health Organization (WHO) said a ‘substantial part of the population’ in the developing world lacks access to quality, essential medicines. The group’s director of essential medicines has been meeting with African health officials in Zimbabwe on…

Lancet Series On Midwifery Lays Foundation For Improving Access To Midwives

Huffington Post: Lancet Series On Midwifery: Women Should Be in the Heart of Decision-Making Petra ten Hoope-Bender, director of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health at ICS Integrare, and Sheetal Sharma, research associate at ICS Integrare “…I have been working as the coordinator for the Lancet Midwifery Series, which was…

USAID Promotes Women’s, Girls’ Rights

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: If You ‘Let Girls Learn,’ You Save Lives Too Chris Thomas, a communications adviser in the Bureau for Global Health at USAID, writes about the agency’s efforts to promote women’s and girls’ rights. “…USAID Assistant Administrator Ariel Pablos-Mendez said by coupling family planning investments with…