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Continued Violence In Syria Blocks Humanitarian Access To Those In Need, U.N. Relief Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: deputy U.N. relief chief urges political solution amid ‘extremely challenging’ humanitarian crisis “Humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the Syrian conflict is being increasingly obstructed by the ongoing fighting in the country and a shortfall in critical funding, [Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-Wha Kang] warned…

Petitioners File Suit Against Kenyan Government, Call For Safe Abortion Guidelines

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya in court after botched abortion injures raped 15-year-old “The mother of a 15-year-old rape survivor, who needs a kidney transplant following a botched backstreet abortion, filed a case against Kenya’s government on Monday for denying women and girls safe access to terminations. … The petitioners are…

UNITAID Chair Douste-Blazy Speaks About Organization’s Efforts To Fund Treatments, Diagnostics For HIV, Malaria, TB

Huffington Post: How Airline Tickets and Oil Barrels Can End Extreme Poverty Katherine Keating, contributing editor of The WorldPost and executive producer of the One on One Series “…UNITAID is a global health organization that utilizes innovative financing to increase funding for international development, more specifically; greater access to treatments…

Global Health Advocates Protest TPP On Capitol Hill

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Global health advocates circle U.S. Capitol, but Senators advance toward TPP trade deal Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses a protest held Tuesday on Capitol Hill by global health advocates who oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “…At stake was a…

China Rejects Patent Application For Gilead’s Hepatitis C Drug

Reuters: China rejects patent linked to Gilead hepatitis C drug “China has rejected a Gilead Sciences Inc. patent application related to its costly hepatitis C drug, a U.S. advocacy group said, adding the move may lead to other countries to consider rejecting patents for the controversial treatment…”

Unsafe Abortion Persists In Indonesia, GlobalPost Reports

GlobalPost: Indonesia’s secret abortion problem “In a country where abortion is illegal and talking about reproductive health is taboo, women are terminating their pregnancies in unsafe ways, often getting hurt and sometimes dying as a result. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that abortion is about 20 percent more prevalent in Indonesia…

WHO/World Bank Report Shows 400M People Lack Access To Essential Health Services

News outlets highlight findings from a new WHO/World Bank Group joint report, titled Tracking universal health coverage: First global monitoring report. International Business Times: Sub-Saharan Africa Lags Other Regions In Health Care: World Bank, World Health Organization Report “More than 400 million people around the world don’t have access to…