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Gaps In Immunization Access Persist For New, Old Vaccines

Inter Press Service: New and Old Vaccines Still Out of Reach for Many “While long-awaited new vaccines for malaria and dengue may finally be within reach, many of the world’s existing vaccines have remained unreachable for many of the people who need them most. The recent outbreak of yellow fever…

Philippines Population Growth Slower Following Law Allowing Government-Funded Contraceptives

Associated Press: Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread “The Philippines’ annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception. … A national law that provides government funding for contraceptives was passed in 2012 despite strong opposition from Catholic church leaders. The…

Health Facilities Attacked In 19 Countries During 2015, 2016, Report Says

Associated Press: New report says health facilities attacked in 19 countries “Deliberate or indiscriminate attacks have decimated health facilities, killed medical workers and patients, and deprived countless civilians of care in 19 countries during 2015 and the first three months of 2016, a coalition of more than 30 health and…

Donor Governments Should Prioritize Sexual, Reproductive Health Care In Emergency Settings

The Guardian: Sexual health gets little attention in a crisis, with devastating results Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation “…[T]he demand for sexual and reproductive health care is much higher than normal in crisis situations. These are essential services and must form part of any humanitarian…

Access To Health Care ‘Essential To Shared Humanity,’ WHO Official Says

WHO: A new world, a new agenda for humanity In a commentary, Bruce Aylward, WHO executive director ad interim of outbreaks and health emergencies, discusses access to health care, writing, “Providing assistance to [people in conflict and emergency situations] is the right thing to do. But it is also in…

Devex Examines Issues To Be Discussed At 69th World Health Assembly

Devex: 5 WHO reforms at the 69th World Health Assembly “…[T]he Zika virus is only one part of the agenda at the upcoming 69th World Health Assembly, which [Director-General Margaret] Chan described as ‘record-breaking’ for the number of agenda items and resolutions member states will need to discuss and agree…

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