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India’s New Health Minister Vows To Provide Universal Health Coverage

The Lancet: New government gears up for India’s health challenges “Harsh Vardhan, India’s new health minister, has pledged to bring transparency in health care services and provide health insurance to all citizens. Vardhan, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon by qualification, is touted by many health experts as the pioneer…

Gender Equality Campaign Focuses On Discrimination Against Women’s Nationality

The Guardian: Women’s nationality is focus of new campaign for gender equality “A global campaign to revoke discriminatory laws that prohibit women from changing their nationalities, or conferring their nationalities on their children, was launched in Geneva this week. The International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws, organized…

Rohingya Facing Humanitarian, Health Crises In Burmese Camps

TIME: These Aren’t Refugee Camps, They’re Concentration Camps, and People Are Dying in Them “…For years, the Rohingya have been denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Burma, and have faced severe restrictions on marriage, employment, health care and education. Now, it seems, the Burmese authorities are determined to starve and sicken the…

Al Jazeera Examines Nigeria’s Drive To Increase Access To Injectable Anti-Malarial Drug

Al Jazeera: The Cure: Mission Malaria “…Injectable artesunate is a rapidly acting drug that kills the parasites that cause malaria. In 2010, the World Health Organization authorized aid agencies to supply the drug as the preferred first line treatment for severe malaria. … But despite its effectiveness, injectable artesunate is…

JSI Endorses Two-Drug Initiative To Prevent Maternal, Infant Mortality

Huffington Post: Simple Solutions to Global Problems: How Two Medicines Promise Life for Mothers and Infants in Nigeria Joel Lamstein, president of JSI and World Education “…[W]ith support from donors such as USAID, JSI is pioneering a two-drug initiative that uses low-tech and high-impact methods to protect both mother and…

Congress Should Act To Ensure Humanitarian Care For Immigrant Children

New York Times: Innocents at the Border: Immigrant Children Need Safety, Shelter and Lawyers “The surge of desperate young migrants across the southwest [U.S.] border has the Obama administration scrambling to respond. … The administration needs to mount a sustained surge of its own, of humanitarian care, shelter, and legal…

Paul Farmer Speaks About Health Equity, ‘Voluntourism’ In Toronto

Toronto Star: Paul Farmer, the “Good Doctor” of Haiti, talks global health in Toronto “Dr. Paul Farmer — co-founder of the non-profit organization Partners In Health and one of Bill Gates’ global health heroes — stopped by the University of Toronto on June 10th to chat about everything from Haiti…

WHO Calls For Better Access To Safe Blood Supplies To Prevent Maternal Deaths

VOA News: WHO: Access to Safe Blood Can Reduce Maternal Deaths “The World Health Organization says lack of access to safe blood is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of childbearing women each year. In advance of World Blood Donor Day on June 14, WHO is calling for…

Global Fund’s Equitable Access Initiative Raising Concerns Among Civil Society Groups

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Global Fund ‘equitable access initiative’ doesn’t answer concerns first raised by tiered pricing task force plan Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, explores the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis…

BBC News Examines Lack Of Access To Palliative Care In Africa

In a series of reports, BBC News examines a lack of access to palliative care in Africa. BBC News: ‘Millions denied end-of-life drugs’ “…Lack of access to pain relief for dying patients is a ‘public health emergency,’ say experts. Figures suggest almost 18 million people — mainly in developing countries…